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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Social Sci­ence

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter con­ducts basic research with a focus on prob­lems of mod­ern soci­et­ies in a glob­al­ized world. The research is the­ory-based, prob­lem-ori­ented, often long-term and mostly based on inter­na­tional com­par­is­ons.

Two Research­ers

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, Pro­ject Group The Inter­net Policy Field (Head: Pro­fessor Dr Jeanette Hof­mann), in the research area Inter­na­tional Polit­ics and Law, is invit­ing applic­a­tions for the pos­i­tions of Two Research­ers.

Work­ing field:

The pro­ject group ana­lyzes the emer­gence of policy fields. Using the example of Inter­net policy, the research addresses the insti­tu­tional and dis­curs­ive dimen­sion in devel­op­ing policy fields. The avail­able pos­i­tions are for a research pro­ject focus­ing on the devel­op­ment and use of Big Data, fun­ded by the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Research (BMBF).

The pro­ject focuses on the soci­etal implic­a­tions of the use of Big Data, i.e. the large amounts of data gen­er­ated by the digit­al­ized soci­ety. It is an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary pro­ject part­ner­ship that com­bines legal, eth­ical, soci­olo­gical, eco­nomic and polit­ical sci­ence expert­ise. The WZB team devel­ops a polit­ical sci­ence approach to Big Data. Fur­ther inform­a­tion can be found here: https://www.wzb.eu/sites/default/files/%2Bwzb/ipl/poli/big_data_projektvorstellung.pdf

Position 1
Tasks:
  • Sup­port the pro­ject leader by plan­ning and coordin­at­ing the research and related admin­is­trat­ive tasks
  • Per­form research tasks related to the pro­ject in coordin­a­tion with the pro­ject man­ager and other pro­ject mem­bers and con­duct inde­pend­ent research
  • Ana­lyze empir­ical data related to data pro­tec­tion in Ger­many
  • Draft sci­entific art­icles in col­lab­or­a­tion with the pro­ject man­age­ment on a selec­tion of the fol­low­ing top­ics: algorithmic reg­u­la­tion, big data in the pub­lic sec­tor, rep­res­ent­a­tion, par­ti­cip­a­tion, dis­crim­in­a­tion via big data and data pro­tec­tion
  • Research and ana­lyze sci­entific lit­er­at­ure on the afore­men­tioned top­ics
  • Writ­ing of own pub­lic­a­tions
  • Present­a­tion of pro­ject res­ults at con­fer­ences
  • Com­mu­nic­ate with the net­work coordin­at­ors and other work­ing groups, par­ti­cip­ate in net­work meet­ings
  • Tutor the stu­dent assist­ant of the pro­ject
  • Write pro­ject reports and the final report.

Pos­i­tion 2
Tasks:
  • Per­form research tasks related to the pro­ject in coordin­a­tion with the pro­ject man­ager and other pro­ject mem­bers and con­duct research
  • Ana­lyze empir­ical data related to data pro­tec­tion in Ger­many
  • Draft sci­entific art­icles in col­lab­or­a­tion with the pro­ject man­age­ment on a selec­tion of the fol­low­ing top­ics: algorithmic reg­u­la­tion, big data in the pub­lic sec­tor, rep­res­ent­a­tion, par­ti­cip­a­tion, dis­crim­in­a­tion via big data and data pro­tec­tion
  • Research and ana­lyze sci­entific lit­er­at­ure on the afore­men­tioned top­ics
  • Con­trib­ute to organ­iz­ing work­shops with experts and a focus group, and con­trib­ute to the eval­u­ation of the work­shops in col­lab­or­a­tion with the pro­ject coordin­at­ors
  • Con­trib­ute to the writ­ing of the final pro­ject report.

Require­ments:

Pos­i­tion 1
  • Uni­versity degree (M.A.) in Polit­ical Sci­ence, Soci­ology or in Com­mu­nic­a­tion Sci­ence with excel­lent res­ults
  • Sev­eral years of pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence in con­duct­ing research pro­jects
  • Pre­vi­ous know­ledge in two or more of the fol­low­ing top­ics: inter­net policy, data pro­tec-tion, big data, dis­crim­in­a­tion, con­sumer pro­tec­tion, social media and other pro­ject-related top­ics
  • Exper­i­ence with pro­ject coordin­a­tion
  • Excel­lent Ger­man and Eng­lish writ­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tion skills
  • A high abil­ity to work inde­pend­ently, and abil­ity to com­mu­nic­ate and work within a team.

Pos­i­tion 2
  • Uni­versity degree (M.A.) in Polit­ical Sci­ence, Soci­ology or in Com­mu­nic­a­tion Sci­ence with excel­lent res­ults
  • Expert­ise in two or more of the fol­low­ing top­ics: inter­net policy, data pro­tec­tion, big data, dis­crim­in­a­tion, con­sumer pro­tec­tion, social media and other pro­ject-related top­ics
  • Excel­lent Ger­man and Eng­lish writ­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tion skills
  • Abil­ity to work inde­pend­ently, and to com­mu­nic­ate and work within a team

What we of­fer:

Remu­ner­a­tion: Ger­man pub­lic ser­vice remu­ner­a­tion group EG 13 TVöD

How to ap­ply:

Equally well qual­i­fied dis­abled per­sons will be given pref­er­ence.
Women and mem­bers of eth­nic minor­it­ies are expli­citly encour­aged to apply.

Applic­a­tion doc­u­ments:
  • CV and rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates
  • Please indic­ate which pos­i­tion you are apply­ing for in the sub­ject line of your Email (“ABIDA 1” for Pos­i­tion 1 and “ABIDA 2” for Pos­i­tion 2)
  • In the cover let­ter, please explain which of the sub­jects indic­ated above are of par­tic­u­lar interest to you.
  • Text sample (such as pro­ject work, art­icles or a chapter of your thesis).

Please send your applic­a­tion doc­u­ments in elec­tronic form (max. 2 PDF doc­u­ments, max. 4 MB) until 13 August 2017 to:

Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin
für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH
Dr Lena Ulbricht
Bewerbungen_abida@wzb.eu

The inter­views are expec­ted to take place dur­ing week 37.