Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

For its research group "Technology, Power, Domination” currently being established at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) is looking for two

Doctoral Researchers (f/m/d)

The position entails part-time (25,35 hours/week) employment for three years, starting on 15 September 2022 (subject to approval). The research project is part of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), of which the WZB is an associated partner.

The position is part of the interdisciplinary research group "Technology, Power, Domination", which starts in mid-September and is headed by Dr. Lena Ulbricht and Dr. Thorsten Thiel; the Principal Investigator is Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann. The group investigates the changing power relations in the context of the digital transformation and the redistribution of political agency. The aim is to analyse the interplay of technical, political, economic and legal dynamics with regard to power and domination and to identify democratic options for shaping socio-technical change. The research group will build on the outcomes of the two previous research groups "Quantification and Social Regulation" and "Democracy and Digitalisation".

Your tasks and duties

  • Participating in the design and implementation of the group's research projects
  • Developing of an individual research project and preparing a qualification thesis in the subject area
  • Publishing research results and preparing project reports
  • Presentating project results in academic workshops and conferences
  • Participating in the overarching activities of the Weizenbaum Institute
  • Contributing to the transfer activities and coordinating with collaborative partners
  • weekly working hours: 65% of the regular weekly working hours (currently 25.35 hours)

Your qualifications profile

  • very good or good Master's degree in political science, sociology or a related discipline
  • proven expertise in at least one of the central research fields of the group: digitalisation research (esp. platforms and/or artificial intelligence), regulation and governance research, democratic theory
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently
  • very good or good knowledge of both German and English
  • Commitment to building up the research group and interest in interdisciplinary digitalisation research
  • Skills in qualitative and/or quantitative methods of empirical social research is desirable

Our offer

  • Remuneration in accordance with EG 13 TVöD Bund
  • additional benefits for public service employees (VBL U)
  • a well-equipped workplace in the center of Berlin (open plan office at Hardenbergstraße 32)
  • international, cooperative, and diversified working environment
  • in-depth integration into the academic community in the form of colloquiums and conferences
  • flexible working hours
  • we promote a good work-life balance, and our engagement has been certified by audit workandfamily and the European Commission’s Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
  • comprehensive program for continuous professional development and further qualification, in the own discipline and beyond
  • subsidized VBB company ticket

Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. We value diversity and welcome all applications – irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. WZB expressly encourages women or persons with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the job opening, please contact Katya Rösch, Tel. 030-25491-625. Job interviews will likely take place in the week starting on 25 July 2022.

For more information about the Weizenbaum Institute, see https://www.weizenbaum-institut.de/en.

Have we sparked your interest? In that case, we are looking forward to receiving your online application by 14 July 2022. In addition to the usual application documents (letter of motivation, CV and supporting documents), we ask for a short outline of ideas (2-5 pages) for a research/dissertation project.

For more information about WZB, see www.wzb.eu.