16/05/2017 Monnier Léa
Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance (RND) is one of the largest, most internationalized and leading social science research centres in Estonia. As part of Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) and its School of Business and Governance, RND functions at the intersection of technological and social science research. The core research foci of RND are governance and public administration, innovation and technology policy, and e-governance. Currently, RND is coordinating the largest public sector innovation project in Horizon 2020: The Once-Only Principle Project (www.toop.eu), is partner to several other H2020 projects, and is leading together with KU Leuven and University of Münster a unique international MA program in Public Sector Innovation and E-governance.
RND invites applications for tenured Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Big Data in Social Sciences.
The development of information and communication technologies and growing digitalization of modern societies has created a demand for ‘digital social sciences’ as a new scholarly discipline to study and understand the possibilities and barriers (and how to overcome these) of using new types and forms of data (from mobile phones, GPS, search engines, social media, of digital ‘footprints’ of using public and private services) for coordinating societal developments.
Given its pioneering role in developing and adopting e-government services from e-prescriptions and online tax filing to internet voting and e-residency, Estonia offers a unique environment for interdisciplinary research in the area of big data in public sector and data-driven public services, i.e. predictive public services, real-time economic and business analysis as public service. Building on its unique experiences, Estonia has become the leading country in many global e-initiatives. At the same time, Estonia has also arrived at crucial non-technical barriers for further development of data and innovation driven public services from ‘e-fatigue’ among politicians and civil servants to ‘gentrification’ of public services (focusing on mostly developing services for technological elites, start-ups and creative class while other social actors tend to receive less attention).
The main task of the Professor of Big Data in Social Sciences is to establish TTÜ and Estonia as one of the leading European interdisciplinary research centers where both research on the application and diffusion of big data solutions in public services as well its critical social science analysis is carried out in synergy.
The person elected to the position has to be competent in the latest developments in big data analytics and its application in social sciences, especially in the public-sector context. The person needs to have both excellent skills in big data analytics as well as interest in critical social science inquiry. The person has to have good international academic and policy networks to be constantly up-to-date with the developments of the field in the main strategic regions for Estonia (Europe, Asia, USA) to facilitate mutual knowledge transfer.
Conditions of the position
The following documents should be sent to the personnel department of TTÜ (firstname.lastname@example.org) on October 1, 2017:
The online posting of the position: https://www.ttu.ee/university/work-at-tut-3/open-positions-academic/open-positions/?job=524
For more information on TTÜ, see www.ttu.ee
For more information on RND, see www.ttu.ee/nurkse
For more details on the position, please contact: Dr. Erkki Karo, Director of Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, email@example.com