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.
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 www.innovation.tu-berlin.de/v-menue/graduiertenkolleg/.
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.
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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: email@example.com 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.
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.