Data Curator for social science research data

GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim

GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences is an internationally active research institute, funded by federal and state governments and member of the Leibniz Association.

Starting on October 1st, 2019 our Department Data Archive for the Social Sciences, Team Archive Opersations located in Cologne is looking for a

Data Curator for social science research data

(Salary group 11 TV-L, working time 100%, permanent position)

The „Data Archive for the Social Sciences“ provides access to social science research data, including national (e.g., ALLBUS, GLES) and international (e.g., ISSP, EVS) survey programs. As a key player in social science infrastructures for research data, the department works with German (e.g., RatSWD) and European (e.g., CESSDA) partners to continuously improve the discoverability, documentation, and usability of data to strengthen social science research.

Your tasks will be:

  • Support of services (e.g. datorium, SowiDataNet) for archiving and re-use (data sharing) of social science research data as data curator
  • Evaluation, control, processing and documentation of research data
  • Development of quality-assuring and efficiency-increasing procedures and workflows for data ingest and preparation
  • Advice and support for data producers and secondary users
  • Support of the team in the areas of long-term preservation and data management

Your profile:

  • At least a Bachelor degree in a social science discipline with a focus on quantitative empirical social research
  • Competent handling of common statistics programs (e.g. SPSS, Stata, R)
  • Experience in scientific data processing
  • Experience in programming with Python or willingness to become familiar with it
  • Knowledge of research data management

GESIS offers an exciting work environment for interdisciplinary research at the interface between the social sciences and computer science. As an infrastructure institution, we promote social science research and cooperate with renowned international research institutes.

GESIS supports your career development. We offer a wide range of career opportunities in an attractive and rewarding work environment that allows you to carry out your tasks in a creative and autonomous manner. You will work in an international environment in the heart of Cologne and benefit from our flexible working conditions as well as our extensive internal and external networks.

GESIS is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to disability regulations.

We are a family-friendly employer and have been certified by the audit Work&Family since 2010.

The position is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

For further information concerning the tasks please contact Dr. Jonas Recker via phone +49-221-47694-493 or via E-Mail. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Lisa Schmieder via E-Mail.


Please apply via our Online-application portal until August 28th 2019.

Our reference number is DAS-69.

You will find further information www.gesis.org.