Georg-August-University Göttingen, Göttingen University Medical Center and HAWK (University of applied sciences and art) have successfully applied to Lower Saxony’s Ministry for Science and Culture and been granted additional professorships as part of the program “Digitalisierungsprofessuren für Niedersachsen“. At the centre of the university’s strategic focus on digitization is the newly founded Campus Institute of Data Science (CIDAS). CIDAS brings together researchers from different academic disciplines (informatics, statistics, mathematics and social sciences) and with different methodological approaches in a central unit of Göttingen University. It creates a common space for different fields of Data Science as well as for research on the social consequences of digital technologies. CIDAS aims at promoting latest methodologies and international cutting-edge research, by way of coordinating inter-faculty and university-wide activities with regard to research, teaching and transfer in the field of Date Science across the Göttingen Campus.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Georg-August-University of Göttingen is seeking a candidate, at the earliest date possible, for a position as

Professor of Sociology (W2) with a focus on Digitization in the World of Work (f/m/d).

The position is part of the German civil service (Beamtenverhältnis, BesGr. W2 NBesO).

We are looking for candidates with a record of excellent sociological research on the digital transformation of society, with a special focus on the digitisation in the world of work and its social consequences. The professorship is located at the interface of labour sociology on the one hand, and Information Science on the other hand. It shall conduct theory-based and methodologically innovative empirical research on the application of new digital technologies, especially on the shop-floor and within organizational structures. Possible areas of interest may include, for example, the design of work, its implications for working conditions, qualification profiles, and employment relationships as well as the associated social and political conflicts. A gender and/or inequality perspective as well as an international comparative orientation are most welcome. We expect an active involvement in one of the faculty’s main research areas and with CIDAS as well as a cooperation with the Sociological Research Institute (SOFI).
The candidate will be required to offer lectures and seminars on the social consequences of digitization in the world of work, both on BA- and MA-level (BA Sociology, MA Sociology, MA “Labour in Company and Society”). 25 percent of the teaching capacity will be devoted to courses in the field of “Applied Informatics” and “Applied Data Science”. Moreover, a course on “Digitization and Society” will be offered to students of all academic disciplines. Contributions to the Göttingen Graduate School “Social Sciences” are also welcome. University of Göttingen is devoted to research-oriented teaching.

You will find detailed information on the professorship at

Applicants are expected to have a “Habilitation” (or its equivalent) in the field of sociology, high-ranking and internationally visible publications, experiences with the acquisition and realization of third-party funded research projects, as well as relevant teaching experience.

Conditions for appointment can be found in Section 25 of the Higher Education Law of Lower Saxony. As a Public Law Foundation, the University of Göttingen has the right to appoint professors. Further details can be obtained upon request.

Applications of international academics are highly encouraged. The University is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer. We specifically encourage women to apply. Disabled persons with appropriate qualifications and aptitude for the position will be given special consideration.

Applications, including all relevant documents, should be submitted in German or English language to the following address by June 22, 2020: Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Dr. Karin Kurz, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3, D-37073 Göttingen or as a single PDF-document to
If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Nicole Mayer-Ahuja (

With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)