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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty VI - Insti­tute of Soci­ology / Graduier­ten­kolleg "Innov­a­tion Soci­ety Today"

12 pos­i­tions - Research assist­ant - 0.65 part time - Salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

What is our focus? The Research Train­ing Group is con­cerned with the cre­ation and sig­ni­fic­ance of innov­a­tion in con­tem­por­ary soci­ety. We adopt a broad notion of innov­a­tion. It com­prises not only the nov­el­ties in tech­no­logy and the eco­nomy that have been real­ized in soci­ety. Our notion of innov­a­tion includes nov­el­ties in sci­ence, art, cul­ture, plan­ning, polit­ics, and other areas of soci­ety as well. The Research Train­ing Group devotes spe­cial atten­tion to three topic areas: devel­op­ing a con­cep­tual under­stand­ing of innov­a­tion that takes into account that, today, a great diversity of nov­el­ties is advanced and becomes an object of dis­course in a wide range of dif­fer­ent social spheres on the basis of a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent cri­teria; (2) ana­lyz­ing the social pro­duc­tion, con­tinu­ation, and, where applic­able, change of innov­a­tions in the con­text of the fields of innov­a­tion that form around an innov­a­tion topic and are con­sti­tuted by act­ors who recur­rently inter­act with one another in regard to that topic; and (3) reflect­ing on social ana­lyses of innov­a­tion soci­ety accord­ing to which it is a fun­da­mental char­ac­ter­istic of con­tem­por­ary West­ern soci­et­ies to pos­it­ively con­note changes that are per­ceived as innov­a­tions and view innov­a­tion as a key mech­an­ism of soci­etal prob­lem-solv­ing.

Work­ing field:

The Research Train­ing Group pro­motes research on the topic of innov­a­tion that expli­citly ad-dresses issues related to the afore­men­tioned three topic areas that com­prise the Group’s field of research. A focus on one or more of the topic areas men­tioned above is required, as is expli­citly address­ing the pro­cesses involved in the con­sti­tu­tion of innov­a­tion.
The Research Train­ing Group offers an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary, research-intens­ive envir­on­ment with a broad spec­trum of advisors from the areas of soci­ology, plan­ning sci­ences, eco­nom­ics, and polit­ical sci­ence. It sup­ports dia­logue between those involved in the Group by organ­iz­ing col­loquia and work­shops and provid­ing work­spaces at a com­mon loc­a­tion. Among our offer­ings are spe­cially tailored sem­inars and open, in some cases self-organ­ized, con­fer­ences with inter­na­tional schol­ars. The Group sup­ports, for instance, the organ­iz­a­tion of research stays abroad, invit­a­tions to vis­it­ing schol­ars, and provides a fam­ily-friendly work­ing envir­on­ment. For addi­tional inform­a­tion, please visit


Above-aver­age uni­versity degree (Dip­lom, Mas­ter or equi­val­ent in [one of the] social or plan­ning sci­ences. Can­did­ates will be selec­ted on the basis of an inform­at­ive, sci­en­tific­ally ori­ginal pro­posal out­lining the planned dis­ser­ta­tion pro­ject. The pro­posal shall explic­ate the link between the planned research and the Group’s research field as described above and the con­tri­bu­tion that the envi­sioned pro­ject expects to make in this con­text. Please con­sider that know­ledge of the Ger­man lan­guage is required.
For more details, please visit the Research Train­ing Group’s FAQ page at

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber includ­ing the usual doc­u­ments and a pro­posal (approx. 30,000 char­ac­ters) prefer­ably elec­tron­ic­ally to the Group’s speaker, Prof. Dr. Windeler, via e-mail: or in writ­ing to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät VI, Insti­tut für Sozi­olo­gie, Prof. Dr. Windeler, Sekr. FH 9-1, Fraunhofer­straße 33-36, 10587 Ber­lin.

If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact the Group coordin­ator, Susann Schmeißer (+30-314 27304,

To ensure equal oppor­tu­nit­ies bet­ween women and men, app­li­ca­ti­ons by women with the requi­red qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons are expli­citly desi­red.
Qua­li­fied indi­vi­du­als with disa­bi­li­ties will be favo­red.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­gi­nal docu­ments will not be retur­ned.