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[ecrea] Open Position: Post-Doc Fellow in Internet Research, Infrastructures and Governance in Berlin
Wed Jun 25 19:00:23 GMT 2014
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Internet Infrastructure and Governance
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
seeks applications from post-doctoral researchers for the position of a
research fellow in Internet Policy and Governance. The candidate is
expected to develop a research program focussing on governing
infrastructures in digital societies.
This post is a 0.75 FTE position and is available immediately for 12
months in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal
thereafter, funding permitting. The salary is based on public sector
wages (salary grade: TV-L 14, approx. € 35-40k p.a. gross salary,
depending on your working experience, plus child allowances).
Applications are invited from outstanding candidates with a PhD in
social sciences. The succesful candidate will join the Internet Policy &
Governance research team which investigates public and private forms of
ordering from a social science perspective with a focus on the interplay
between socio-cultural, technical and legal norms shaping the
development of the Internet. In order to complement these research
activities we seek a post-doctoral research fellow who investigates
questions at the intersection of technologies, regulation, discourses
and culture (in short: society) with regard to internet infrastructure.
Along these lines, the research perspective shall not be restricted to a
regulatory perspective on infrastructure but rather represent an
articulate sensibility for “governing infrastructures” taking the the
politics of infrastructures and technologies into account.
• The succesful candidate is expected to develop and carry forward
a research strategy addressing the governance of internet infrastructure
and relevant discourses (eg. Net Neutrality, Routing, Big Data, Politics
• A core task of this position is the acquisition of third-party
funding facilitating the sustainable developement of this research agenda.
• The successful candidate will develop and implement empirical
case studies taking the lead in project management, data collection and
analysis, and the dissemination of results.
• The ideal candidate enjoys working with a multidisciplinary team
of researchers and actively contributes to the intellectual exchange but
also the management and administration of the research unit; the fellow
will also mentor junior researchers and support the director.
• The succesful candidate is expected to publish in top-rated
journals and open-access outlets and to give presentations at national
and international conferences.
• There are no teaching obligations attached to this position, but
teaching agreements with Berlin’s Universities are possible.
This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose work draws on
a diverse set of disciplines (eg. political science, STS, media and
communication studies, sociology, computer science) to bring empirical
and analytical perspectives to complex socio-technical issues. It allows
for the development of an outstanding academic profile that combines
empirical and theoretical originality, multidisciplinary perspectives
and management expertise on an international level.
• A completed PhD or doctoral degree in a subject relevant to the
position (preferably social science).
• Expertise and experience in writing research proposals.
• Research focus on infrastructural and/or technological aspects of
Internet Policy and Governance.
• Academic ambition and curiosity grounded in a solid
methodological, analytical, and theoretical foundation.
• A strong academic record with theoretical contributions and
empirical projects reflected in academic publications in key outlets and
paper presentations at international conferences.
• Proficiency in English is expected. An advanced level of German
is desired but not obligatory.
The research activities of the growing Institute in Berlin provide
excellent conditions to develop your own research ideas and to advance a
range of research projects related to the study of Internet and Society.
Our interdisciplinary-oriented projects are planned and implemented in
small teams, working in an office located in the heart of Berlin. The
Institute has a strong international focus and is currently, together
with the Berkman Center at Harvard, the co-lead of a Global Network of
Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers bringing together
leading academic institutions from all across the world.
For more specific information about the Institute and the research area
Internet Policy and Governance, please visit our website
The application should contain
• a letter of motivation,
• an academic CV (incl. complete list of publications,
presentations and projects),
• a research statement (max. 3 pages) that sketches a research
agenda relevant to the position, ideally connecting it to your previous
research and the research conducted by the HIIG and/or the Internet
Policy and Governance team,
• one or two publications or excerpts relevant to the position (as
• and list of two referees including contact details.
Please submit your application electronically via the application form
provided on the website of the Institute:
Application review will begin 04 August 2014 and continue until the
position is filled. You are welcome to direct your questions to Research
Coordinator Christian Katzenbach ((katzenbach /at/ hiig.de)).
Christian Katzenbach | Project Lead Policy & Governance
(katzenbach /at/ hiig.de)
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
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