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PhD in Data Science - Learning Analytics

Full-time, for 3 years with opportunity for promotion, salary scale EG 13 TV-H, location: Frankfurt am Main, closing date is 17.08.2017

The Information Center for Education at DIPF is looking for

1 PhD in Data Science - Learning Analytics

(full-time, for 3 years with opportunity for promotion, salary scale EG 13 TV-H*)

for our location in Frankfurt am Main.

Your tasks:

  • Scientific analysis and preparation of data from learning management systems, assessment systems and ubiquitous tracking devices such as wearables, cameras or beacons
  • Visualization of the results using visualization frameworks (e.g., D3.js)
  • Information retrieval techniques such as text mining and / or data mining (e.g., Python, RapidMiner, Weka, R)
  • Participation in conferences, organization of workshops, preparation of lectures and scientific publications
  • Development of an own scientific question and independent research activities in the field of learning analytics with the aim of the doctorate


  • Very good academic degree (master / university diploma) in computer science or a related subject area
  • Practical experience in the fields of graphical user interfaces, data mining, text mining, artificial intelligence or statistics
  • Practical experience in software design and computer programming (e.g., JavaScript, D3.js, HTML5, R, Python or other visualization techniques)
  • Practical experience in information retrieval techniques as well as text mining or data mining (e.g., RapidMiner, Weka, R, or Pyhton)
  • Proven, good analytical and statistical skills
  • Good level of English (written and spoken)
  • Abilities for academic writing and presentation

Desirable are:

  • Programming skills in the tools mentioned or the readiness to adapt them
  • Knowledge of the research field Learning Analytics or Educational Data Mining
  • Proactive behaviour and passion for research and technology
  • Creativity, self-management and collaboration skills

We offer a demanding and challenging environment in one of the most relevant science institutions in the field of education in Germany, a modern workplace, good conditions for balancing work and family life, and a pleasant work atmosphere. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants will principally be able to work part-time provided that job-related requirements are appropriately considered. Equally qualified people with disabilities will be particularly considered.

Please submit your application and standard documents – preferably in electronic format to YmV3ZXJidW5nLWl6YkBkaXBmLmRl, quoting the reference number IZB 2017-09. The closing date is 17.08.2017. Applications should be addressed to Professor Dr. Hendrik Drachsler, PO Box 900270, 60442 Frankfurt. If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Drachsler himself, Tel. 0049-(0)69 24708-870, ZHJhY2hzbGVyQGRpcGYuZGU=.

* Labour agreement for public service in the state of Hesse

PhD in Data Science - Learning Analytics (pdf)

last modified Jul 13, 2017