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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty IV - Ger­man Inter­net Insti­tute

3 pos­i­tions - Research assist­ant - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

under the reserve that funds are gran­ted - part-time employ­ment may be pos­sible

With its research agenda, the Ger­man Inter­net Insti­tute dares a par­tic­u­larly ambi­tious form of inter­dis­cip­lin­ar­ity. Both the research agenda and the group of applic­ants com­bine eco­nomic, social and polit­ical sci­ences, law, and com­puter sci­ence, and they develop research approaches and per­spect­ives that are sys­tem­at­ic­ally linked to each other in the design of the indi­vidual research groups.
Dur­ing the build-up phase, a total of 20 inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research groups will be work­ing at the Ger­man Inter­net Insti­tute. The groups con­sist of one research group leader and two to three doc­toral stu­dents and three stu­dent assist­ants. The TU Ber­lin is involved in three research groups at the Ger­man Inter­net Insti­tute. For the sci­entific work of research group 6 "Respons­ib­il­ity and the Inter­net of Things", we are look­ing for three sci­entific employ­ees.
The research group is about respons­ib­il­ity, trust­wor­thi­ness, reli­ab­il­ity, secur­ity and social com­pli­ance in the con­text of the Inter­net of Things (IoT). It is about under­stand­ing the legal implic­a­tions of the IoT. The impact of the IoT on the Treaty and Liab­il­ity Law serves as a ref­er­ence frame­work. The IoT is a tech­nical vis­ion in which com­puters are no longer only sta­tion­ary devices oper­ated by humans. Rather, small com­put­ing units are integ­rated into the every­day envir­on­ment (ubi­quit­ous com­put­ing) in many places and are linked to one another. Through sensors, they can per­ceive their sur­round­ings autonom­ously (sensor tech­no­logy). The inform­a­tion can be col­lec­ted and ana­lyzed. On this basis, things in the sys­tem can be con­trolled again and led to an adequate response. All fore­casts pre­dict a drastic jump of these tech­no­lo­gies by 2020. It is already appar­ent today that things will have more power: driver­less buses are already being used in some muni­cip­al­it­ies, house­hold robots are mar­ket-ready, and con­sumer goods can be ordered via "dash­but­tons". Under the catch­phrase of industry 4.0, pro­cesses of indus­trial pro­duc­tion are increas­ingly being con­trolled and executed by com­plex cyber-phys­ical sys­tems. These applic­a­tions prom­ise a high degree of facil­it­a­tion, effi­ciency and effect­ive­ness. They raise the ques­tion of who is respons­ible for tech­nical and legal actions - such as the issu­ing of a declar­a­tion of con­sent - or actual breaches of duty like the injury of a per­son by an autonom­ous vehicle.

Work­ing field:

  • Inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research in the Research Group "Respons­ib­il­ity and the Inter­net of Things" in the research area "Con­tract and Respons­ib­il­ity in Digital Mar­kets"
  • Con­duct­ing sci­entific exper­i­ments to mon­itor and safe­guard IoT com­pon­ents and solu­tions, and to design and develop new meth­od­o­lo­gical, pro­ced­ural, reg­u­lat­ory and tech­no­lo­gical approaches
  • Col­lab­or­a­tion with PhD stu­dents, Research Fel­lows and Guest Lec­tur­ers
  • Sci­entific pub­lic­a­tions, present­a­tions and demon­stra­tion of research res­ults
  • Con­tri­bu­tions to the organ­iz­a­tion of con­fer­ences, for­ums, work­shops, etc. on the research pro­ject more inform­a­tions:


  • Suc­cess­fully com­pleted aca­demic uni­versity stud­ies in com­puter sci­ence, busi­ness inform­at­ics, legal inform­a­tion or com­par­able, as well as rel­ev­ant exper­i­ence in the over­lap­ping area of tech­no­logy (com­puter sci­ence) and cor­por­ate sci­ences, in par­tic­u­lar tech­no­logy soci­ology or tech­no­logy law respect­ively 1st. and, if applic­able, 2nd. State Exam­in­a­tion (if pos­sible with a pre­dic­ate) prefer­ably with know­ledge in the field of inform­a­tion tech­no­logy law (e.g. data pro­tec­tion law, intel­lec­tual prop­erty law)
  • Very good oral and writ­ten Eng­lish skills (C1 / C2 level) and desired Ger­man lan­guage skills (C1 / C2 level)

We would like to have exper­i­ence and know­ledge in sev­eral of the fol­low­ing areas:
  • Exper­i­ence in cooper­a­tion with the national and inter­na­tional research com­munity
  • Exper­i­ence in work­ing with stake­hold­ers of the eco­nomy, civil soci­ety, polit­ics and / or admin­is­tra­tion
  • Exper­i­ence in the imple­ment­a­tion of third party pro­jects
  • teach­ing exper­i­ence

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with tender code and with the usual doc­u­ments (applic­a­tion with cover let­ter, aca­demic CV and the name of three ref­er­ences) pre­fer­rably by e-mail to or in writ­ing to the Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - The Pres­id­ent - Fac­ulty IV, Insti­tute of Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions Sys­tems, FG Qual­ity Engin­eer­ing of Open Dis­trib­uted Sys­tems, Sec­ret­ariat HFT 2, Ein­steinufer 25, 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.