Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Position ID: 2213-RE_C [#16730]
Position Title: Research Engineer in Complexity(DB, Web, SysAdmin)
Position Type: Other
Position Location: Vienna, Wien 1080, Austria [map]
Subject Area: Complex Systems and Quantitative History
Application Deadline: 2020/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/11/09, listed until 2021/01/31)
Position Description:    

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Research Engineerin Complexity(DB, Web, SysAdmin)for Complex Systems and Quantitative History

Full time (40h)Salary negotiable based on experience and qualifications


The Complexity Science Hub Viennais a young research institution dedicated to a deeper quantitative and predictive understanding of complex systems for the betterment of society. We provide an exciting, creative, bureaucracy-free environment for open-minded visionaries who want to make a change and are brave enough to step out of mainstream science.


The researchteam which the appointedcandidate would joindeals with modeling and data analysis of processesinvolved in the evolution of complex human societies as well as factors causing state breakdown and collapse. The empirical arm of this project is the SeshatDatabankthat aggregates the knowledge of historians and archeologists about long-term evolution and dynamics of past societies.The candidatewill also become involved in the work of other research groups.


•design and maintain scientificdatabases, in particular the Seshat database(

•adapt the existing version of Seshat (a wiki) to a graph database

•design and deploy a web interface toinput data into the database

•design and build tools and protocols needed to represent new datatypes, and make them usable for researchers in charge of modelling and data analysis

•create the input and quality control tools needed to input and to check thedata

•publish stable subsets of data used for each scientificpublication(which promotes reproducibility of the results)

•manage the website, its traffic and ensure its availability; browser and websitescripting


•BSc or MSc in Computer Science, Engineering, or relevantfield

•experience in working with largewebsites and theiroperation

•familiarity with revision control systems, especially GIT

•skills in web development, networks, database systems

•programming in JavaScript, Python (R and Matlab desirable, but notcritical)

•experience in managing and working with largedatasets/databases, big plus if it includes ontologies and graph-oriented databases

•You are self-motivated, inquisitive and like tocollaborate with a diverse and international team of researchers

•You are curious about history, complex systems, and science in general


A position in a dynamic, creative, internationally oriented, appreciative and open working environment. The variety ofprojects at the Hub will allow you to engage in new and hot topicsand to collaboratewith world renowned scientists. The salary for this position dependson education, qualification and work experience.


To apply, please submit your CV, a motivation letter as well as any additional material that helps us understand that you are the right personfor this position,to November 15,2020(further applications will be screened until the rolehasbeenfilled).We especially encourage female candidates to apply.

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Complexity Science Hub Vienna CSH Verein zur Förderung wissenschaftlicher Forschung im Bereich komplexer Systeme Josefstaedter Strasse39,A1080 Vienna, +43 1 59991 600,,, ZVR709748150

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