SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen

Job advertisement: Two doctoral positions for research assistants (100%); Digital Humanities, (Socio-)Informatics or data science

CRC 1187 „Media of Cooperation“ is offering two fulltime doctoral positions with a context in the digital humanities, (socio-)informatics or data science. Applications are due 01. October 2020.

The University of Siegen is an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan university with currently about 18,000 students and a range of subjects from the humanities, social sciences and economics to natural, engineering and life sciences. With over 2,000 employees, we are one of the largest employers in the region and offer a unique environment for teaching, research and further education.

CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation“

The CRC is an interdisciplinary research network consisting of 15 projects and more than 60 scientists from the fields of media studies, science and technology studies, ethnology, sociology, linguistics and literature studies, computer science and medicine as well as history, education and engineering. It has been funded by the DFG since 2016. The CRC investigates the emergence and dissemination of digitally networked, data-intensive media and understands these as cooperatively accomplished conditions for cooperation. The research of the participating subprojects focuses on data practices that are explored in the situated interplay of media practices, infrastructures and public spheres.

Further information on the CRC’s research agenda and subprojects can be found at https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/en

We are looking for:

Starting on 1 January 2021, two doctoral posts in digital humanities, (socio-)informatics, human-computer interaction or data science (with a focus on media research) are available at the University of Siegen in the integrated graduate school (MGK) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1187 “Media of Cooperation”, subject to the following conditions:

  • 100% = 39,83 weekly hours
  • Pay group 13  TV-L
  • temporary 31.12.2023

Your tasks:

  • Independent conception and realisation of a research project in the thematic area of the CRC, especially in the field of development and ethnographic research of a digital practice (augmented reality, artificial intelligence, social robotics, machine learning, sensor-based media, conversational interfaces, among others)
  • Regular participation and involvement in the events and the training program of the MGK (colloquia, workshops, summer schools, methodology workshops, interdisciplinary groups)
  • Presentation of preliminary results of the individual research project within the MGK colloquium and in the context of relevant (international) conferences

Your profile:

  • Relevant, above-average degree in one of the following disciplines participating in or related to the CRC: digital humanities, (socio-)informatics, business information science, human-computer interaction, data science, information systems, or similar (equivalent to a Master’s degree)
  • Individual research project in one of the above-mentioned disciplines within the subject area of the CRC, specifically in the development and research of a digital practice with a qualitative approach (project outline of max. 10 pages, including a work plan; please make explicit the connection to the research framework of the CRC)
  • Interest in methods of media research, praxeological research approaches and an affinity for working in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Willingness to participate in the international event program of the CRC and the MGK
  • Good written and spoken English language skills

Our offer:

  • Suport for further academic qualification (doctorate), in compliance with the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz
  • Many opportunities of co-creating the program of the Integrated Graduate School
  • A number of offers like flexible work hours, university pension scheme, dual career service, coaching/mentoring and a comprehensive personnel development program


Applications (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, letter of recommendation by a university lecturer referring to the intended research project, outline (max. 10 pages) of a project idea plus bibliography and work plan) are possible until 01.10.2020.


Dr. Timo Kaerlein

0049 (0)271 / 740 – 5251