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RWTH Aachen - Lehrstuhl für Technik- und Organisationssoziologie

Gra­duate pro­gram at RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity and Müns­ter Uni­ver­sity of App­lied Sci­en­ces

For­schungs­kol­leg Ver­bund.NRW is an app­li­ca­tion-ori­en­ted gra­duate pro­gram, and its goal is the inves­ti­ga­tion and fur­ther deve­lop­ment of a sustainable, resource-effi­ci­ent and recy­clable use of com­plex, mul­ti­func­tio­nal com­po­site mate­ri­als and struc­tures in the con­struc­tion sec­tor. In this pro­gram, ele­ven PhD stu­dents collec­tively work tog­e­ther on cur­rent issues from the per­spec­tives of tech­no­logy as well as social and eco­no­mic sci­en­ces. As a gra­duate pro­gram, Ver­bund.NRW is dis­tin­guis­hed by its highly inter- and trans­di­sci­pli­nary ori­en­ta­tion. The­re­fore, nume­rous prac­ti­cal actors from indus­try and society are invol­ved in the work of the rese­arch trai­ning group.

Research Assistant/Associate (f/m/d)


The gra­duate posi­ti­ons are limi­ted to the maxi­mum dura­tion of the pro­gram and should be fil­led by Janu­ary 1st, 2020. Com­pen­sa­tion is in accordance with TVL13. App­li­ca­ti­ons can be sub­mit­ted to the respec­tive rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons.
The disci­pline-spe­ci­fic job descrip­ti­ons and respec­tive con­tact per­sons can be found in this ten­ders’ annex.

Your Duties and Respon­si­bi­li­ties


Dis­ser­ta­tion topic 1: Socio­ma­te­rial Con­stel­la­ti­ons, Social Archi­tec­ture

Sci­en­ti­fic lead: Prof. Dr. phil. Roger Häuß­ling
Insti­tut: Socio­logy of Tech­no­logy and Orga­ni­za­tion, RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity

The goal of this the­sis is to rese­arch the effects of dif­fe­rent socio­ma­te­rial con­stel­la­ti­ons in the con­struc­tion indus­try - espe­ci­ally with regard to socie­tal mega­trends such as digi­ta­li­za­tion of the work­place. Alt­hough Ver­bund.NRW deals with com­po­site mate­ri­als and con­struc­tions, the focus of this socio­lo­gi­cal rese­arch is not limi­ted to indi­vi­dual buil­ding com­pon­ents. Ins­tead, ent­ire rooms should be unders­tood as spaces in which various actors inter­act with each other as well as with dif­fe­rent mate­ri­als. In this sense, the ques­tion is rai­sed of which effects stem from the mate­ria­lity of such spaces in con­junc­tion with dif­fe­rent actors, and in how far this, in turn, crea­tes new archi­tec­tu­ral chal­len­ges.

  • Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, descrip­tion and ana­ly­sis of rele­vant socio­ma­te­rial con­stel­la­ti­ons
  • Deve­lop­ment of space-usage-sce­n­a­rios with regard to the afo­re­men­tio­ned socio­ma­te­rial con­stel­la­ti­ons
Sub­ject-spe­ci­fic requi­re­ments
  • Uni­ver­sity degree (mas­ter or equi­va­lent) in socio­logy (pre­fer­a­bly spe­cia­li­zed in socio­logy of tech­no­logy)
  • Fun­da­men­tal and metho­do­lo­gi­cal skills rela­ted to the rese­arch area in ques­tion
  • Enthu­si­asm for the fields of sci­ence and tech­no­logy stu­dies, espe­ci­ally con­cer­ning the theo­re­ti­cal con­cept of New Mate­ria­lism, and Social Archi­tec­ture

  • active orga­ni­za­tion of and con­tri­bu­tion in semi­nars, work­shops and con­fe­ren­ces,
  • work shado­wing in com­pa­nies and insti­tu­tes of the gra­duate pro­gram,
  • inten­sive know­ledge exchange with the prac­ti­cal actors invol­ved as well as
  • inten­sive tech­ni­cal exchange with other PhD stu­dents in Ver­bund.NRW
are expec­ted.

Er­war­te­te Qua­li­fi­ka­tio­nen:

Gene­ral pre­re­qui­si­tes:
  • Uni­ver­sity degree (mas­ter or simi­lar)
  • Inde­pen­dent, struc­tu­red, ana­ly­ti­cal approach to work; dis­tinct com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills; capa­city for team­work and a high degree of per­so­nal initia­tive
  • High pro­fi­ci­ency in Eng­lish and Ger­man and in hand­ling com­mon com­pu­ter app­li­ca­ti­ons (Micro­soft Office)
  • Exci­te­ment and enthu­si­asm for the field of com­po­und mate­ri­als and for inter- and trans­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch as well as know­ledge inte­gra­tion
  • Fle­xi­bi­lity and high wil­ling­ness to tra­vel
  • Qua­li­fi­ca­tion for sci­en­ti­fic work and publi­shing

Spe­ci­fic Pre­re­qui­si­tes:
  • Uni­ver­sity degree (mas­ter or simi­lar) in Socio­logy (espe­ci­ally Socio­logy of Tech­no­logy)
  • Pro­fi­ci­ency in the rese­arch areas of the Chair
  • High inte­rest in Socio­logy of Tech­no­logy, espe­ci­ally New Mate­ria­lism and Social Archi­tec­ture

Un­ser An­ge­bot:

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be employed under a regu­lar employ­ment con­tract.
The posi­tion is to be fil­led 01.01.2021 until June 30,2024.
The stan­dard wee­kly hours will be 32. 80 %
The suc­cess­ful can­di­date has the oppor­tu­nity to pur­sue a doc­to­ral degree in this posi­tion.
The salary cor­re­sponds to pay grade EG 13 TV-L of the Ger­man public ser­vice salary scale (TV-L).
RWTH is a cer­ti­fied family-fri­endly Uni­ver­sity. We sup­port our employees in main­tai­ning a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advi­sing, and pre­ven­tion ser­vices, for example uni­ver­sity sports. We also offer a com­pre­hen­sive con­ti­nuing edu­ca­tion scheme and a public trans­por­ta­tion ticket avail­able at a signi­fi­cantly redu­ced price.
RWTH is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes, par­ti­cu­larly from groups that are under­re­p­re­sen­ted at the Uni­ver­sity. All qua­li­fied app­li­cants will receive con­si­de­ra­tion for employ­ment and will not be discri­mi­na­ted against on the basis of natio­nal or eth­nic ori­gin, sex, sexual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­tity, reli­gion, disa­bi­lity or age. RWTH is stron­gly com­mit­ted to encou­ra­ging women in their care­ers. Female app­li­cants are given pre­fe­rence if they are equally sui­ta­ble, com­pe­tent, and pro­fes­sio­nally qua­li­fied, unless a fel­low can­di­date is favo­red for a spe­ci­fic rea­son.
As RWTH is com­mit­ted to equa­lity of oppor­tu­nity, we ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion.
You can find infor­ma­tion on the per­so­nal data we collect from app­li­cants in accordance with Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the European Union's Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR) at

Hin­wei­se zur Be­wer­bung:

Dr. rer. nat. Sonja Stahn
Tel.: 0241/ 80 90717