RWTH Aachen - Lehrstuhl für Technik- und Organisationssoziologie
Graduate program at RWTH Aachen University and Münster University of Applied Sciences
Forschungskolleg Verbund.NRW is an application-oriented graduate program, and its goal is the investigation and further development of a sustainable, resource-efficient and recyclable use of complex, multifunctional composite materials and structures in the construction sector. In this program, eleven PhD students collectively work together on current issues from the perspectives of technology as well as social and economic sciences. As a graduate program, Verbund.NRW is distinguished by its highly inter- and transdisciplinary orientation. Therefore, numerous practical actors from industry and society are involved in the work of the research training group.
Research Assistant/Associate (f/m/d)
The graduate positions are limited to the maximum duration of the program and should be filled by January 1st, 2020. Compensation is in accordance with TVL13. Applications can be submitted to the respective research institutions.
The discipline-specific job descriptions and respective contact persons can be found in this tenders annex.
Your Duties and Responsibilities
Dissertation topic 1: Sociomaterial Constellations, Social Architecture
The goal of this thesis is to research the effects of different sociomaterial constellations in the construction industry - especially with regard to societal megatrends such as digitalization of the workplace. Although Verbund.NRW deals with composite materials and constructions, the focus of this sociological research is not limited to individual building components. Instead, entire rooms should be understood as spaces in which various actors interact with each other as well as with different materials. In this sense, the question is raised of which effects stem from the materiality of such spaces in conjunction with different actors, and in how far this, in turn, creates new architectural challenges.
Identification, description and analysis of relevant sociomaterial constellations
Development of space-usage-scenarios with regard to the aforementioned sociomaterial constellations
University degree (master or equivalent) in sociology (preferably specialized in sociology of technology)
Fundamental and methodological skills related to the research area in question
Enthusiasm for the fields of science and technology studies, especially concerning the theoretical concept of New Materialism, and Social Architecture
active organization of and contribution in seminars, workshops and conferences,
work shadowing in companies and institutes of the graduate program,
intensive knowledge exchange with the practical actors involved as well as
intensive technical exchange with other PhD students in Verbund.NRW
University degree (master or similar)
Independent, structured, analytical approach to work; distinct communication skills; capacity for teamwork and a high degree of personal initiative
High proficiency in English and German and in handling common computer applications (Microsoft Office)
Excitement and enthusiasm for the field of compound materials and for inter- and transdisciplinary research as well as knowledge integration
Flexibility and high willingness to travel
Qualification for scientific work and publishing
University degree (master or similar) in Sociology (especially Sociology of Technology)
Proficiency in the research areas of the Chair
High interest in Sociology of Technology, especially New Materialism and Social Architecture
The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled 01.01.2021 until June 30,2024.
The standard weekly hours will be 32. 80 %
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to pay grade EG 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. We also offer a comprehensive continuing education scheme and a public transportation ticket available at a significantly reduced price.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
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