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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty IV - Insti­tute of Soft­ware Engin­eer­ing and The­or­et­ical Com­puter Sci­ence / Qual­ity and Usab­il­ity Lab

Research Assist­ant - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

under the reserve that funds are gran­ted - exten­sion is pur­sued
part-time emplo­ment may be pos­sible

The major­ity of sys­tems and ser­vices that are provided by com­puter sci­ence, elec­trical engin­eer­ing and inform­a­tion tech­no­logy finally are ori­ented on the needs of their human users. To suc­cess­fully build such sys­tems and ser­vices it essen­tial to invest­ig­ate and under­stand users and their beha­vior when inter­act­ing with tech­no­logy. On the one hand, this under­stand­ing allows to derive design prin­ciples for human-machine-inter­faces and to define require­ments con­cern­ing the sys­tem and its under­ly­ing tech­no­lo­gies. On the other hand, new avail­able tech­no­lo­gies do offer new pos­sib­il­it­ies regard­ing the design of such inter­faces and the devel­op­ment of new kinds of inter­ac­tion.
The Qual­ity and Usab­il­ity Lab is part of TU Ber­lin’s Fac­ulty IV and deals with the design and eval­u­ation of human-machine inter­ac­tion. Here, the main sub­jects of our research are human per­cep­tion, aspects of tech­nical sys­tem that are related to the inter­ac­tion as well as inter­ac­tion design.

Work­ing field:

Your core tasks in the pro­ject “Fix IT. Fix­ing IT for Women” (foun­ded by BMBF) is the con­cep­tion, real­iz­a­tion, and fur­ther devel­op­ment of web plat­form. This plat­form will be used for dis­tri­bu­tion and man­age­ment of learn and teach­ing mater­ial in STEM-pro­jects with (and by) school­girls. Also, the plat­form should be used by the pupils for the devel­op­ment and present­a­tion of the res­ults in their pro­jects.
Another and also import­ant part of your work will be empir­ical research on usab­il­ity and user exper­i­ence. It is pos­sible to use the exper­i­ence from the pro­ject work for a dis­ser­ta­tion at our chair.
The con­crete tasks include, among other things:
  • devel­op­ment of a require­ments ana­lysis and the tech­nical con­cep­tion of the plat­form (in close cooper­a­tion with the pro­ject part­ners and poten­tial users)
  • selec­tion of appro­pri­ate tech­no­lo­gies and frame­works
  • imple­ment­a­tion/real­iz­a­tion and fur­ther adap­tion of the plat­form
  • research on usab­il­ity and user exper­i­ence
  • pub­lic­a­tion and present­a­tion of pro­ject and research res­ults in sci­entific journ­als, at con­fer­ences, and in work­shops

Require­ments:

  • suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in com­puter sci­ence / inform­at­ics, media inform­at­ics, inform­a­tion sys­tems (or an equi­val­ent tech­nical back­ground)
  • veri­fi­able, prac­tic­able exper­i­ence in the real­iz­a­tion of web applic­a­tion (back- and fron­tend, ideally full-stack)
  • well-foun­ded exper­i­ence in one or sev­eral of the fol­low­ing pro­gram­ming lan­guages: Python, PHP or Java
  • exper­i­ence with SQL-based data­bases, optional also with No-SQL data­bases
  • good know­ledge about cur­rent frame­works for devel­op­ment of web applic­a­tions
  • good know­ledge about GIT, build­ing-tools (e.g. Maven) and unit tests
  • lan­guage skills: Ger­man (equal to a nat­ive speaker), Eng­lish flu­ent in writ­ing and speak­ing
Optional:
  • ideally and optional, know­ledge about empir­ical stud­ies and stat­ist­ical data ana­lysis
  • exper­i­ence and joy of work­ing in an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and inter­na­tional envir­on­ment
  • exper­i­ence in gender stud­ies in the con­text of MINT sub­jects

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments (in par­tic­u­lar let­ter of applic­a­tion, cur­riculum vitae, cop­ies of cer­ti­fic­ates, job ref­er­ences, 1–2 aca­demic let­ters of recom­mend­a­tion) prefer­ably by E-Mail (com­bined in one pdf-file) to sebastian.moeller@tu-berlin.de or in writ­ing to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät IV, Insti­tut für Soft­ware­tech­nik und The­or­et­ische Inform­atik, Qual­ity and Usab­il­ity Lab, Prof. Dr. Möller, Sekr. TEL 18, Ernst-Reu­ter-Platz 7, 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.