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Postdoc position in STS (full time, 3 years) at Munich Center for Technology in Society / Project: "Making Europe through and for its research infrastructures"

The Innovation, Society and Public Policy (ISPP) research group at the
Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at Technical University
Munich (TUM) is inviting applications for the following positions
1 Postdoctoral researcher (TV-L E13, 100%, 30 months, fixed term)

as part of the joint DFG/FWF research project ‘Making Europe through and
for its research infrastructures’ (METAFORIS). Applicants should commence
work as soon as possible but not later than 1 May 2019.

Project description

The project – a collaboration between the Department of Science and
Technology Studies (STS) at University of Vienna and the Munich Center for
Technology in Society (MCTS) at Technical University Munich – aims to
investigate the co-production of European scientific and socio-political
integration processes in the context of transnational research
infrastructures. Collaborative transnational research infrastructures have
formed an important vehicle for, and expression of, European integration
and identity since the second half of the twentieth century, unfolding in
parallel along scientific, technological, economic, and political lines.
Despite being widely considered a success, such scientific inte­gration has
not yet extensively been studied in terms of how it incorporates, and
contributes to, diverse ideas of an emerging ‘Europe.’

The project will investigate several case studies over sixty years of
integration across different disciplines, with empirical work being split
between Munich and Vienna. The work of the Munich team will be centered on
the European Space Agency (ESA) and Laserlab Europe (or a comparable
project under the European Framework Programs). The post-doc position will
be centered on the ESA case, but candidates should have an interest in
Laserlab Europe and the other cases as well. You will be part of an
international project team and contribute to the comparative analysis of
European scientific integration across cases.

Job description

Ÿ Perform qualitative social science (STS) research on the scientific
activities, history, and politics of ESA in relation to questions of
European integration and identity; support other case study work;

Ÿ Contribute to the comparative, cross-cutting research agenda of the

Ÿ Participate in project organization and administration, including the
organization of team meetings, project maintenance, project events,
workshops, conferences etc.;

Ÿ Publish in recognized international journals, including co-authored
papers with other senior group members;

Ÿ Supervise Master’s students and PhD candidates;

Ÿ Support the work of the ISPP research group at MCTS on an administrative

Ÿ Teach graduate-level courses in STS (optional);

Ÿ Active engagement at MCTS, TUM, and in the national and international
STS community.

Candidate profile

Ÿ Completed/submitted dissertation in Science and Technology Studies
(STS), (Qualitative) Policy Studies, Innovation Studies, Sociology,
Political Science, History of Science or other field, presuming that you
can demonstrate an equivalent level of qualification and subject-specific

Ÿ Broad knowledge of the topics, theories and methods of STS;

Ÿ A distinct research profile in STS or related fields (e.g. demonstrated
through publications or previous teaching) related to the project and the
broader ISPP research profile;

Ÿ Knowledge of co-productionist and comparative approaches in STS are a
strong advantage;

Ÿ Previous experience with one of the two case studies are an advantage;

Ÿ Experiences in (co-)supervising student theses are an advantage;

Ÿ International experience is an advantage;

Ÿ Excellent command of the English language;

Ÿ Strong inclination to work in a team-oriented environment.

About ISPP

The MCTS research group Innovation, Society and Public Policy (ISPP)
investigates the epistemic, social, and
political foundations and dynamics of today’s innovation-driven societies,
both at the level public policy (e.g. national and regional innovation
strategies, policy instruments, infrastructures, transitions) and concrete
technologies (e.g. mobility, satellites, robotics, energy, neurotech). We
are committed to a strong co-productionist approach that treats
technoscientific and societal changes as essentially interrelated and
co-evolving. Our interdisciplinary group brings together perspectives from
science and technology studies (STS), public policy, management,
anthropology, natural science and engineering to study the cultural,
political, and economic dynamics that shape, and are being shaped by,
innovation in the making.

Among the questions that drive research in our group are: How do the
practices of innovation differ across regions, sectors as well as political
and organizational cultures? Which new innovation instruments are emerging?
What is good innovation? How can we make science and innovation more
responsive societal needs and concerns? How to govern science and
innovation responsibly, sustainably, and inclusively? How do societies
envision their future and express social values through projects of
science, technology, and innovation? How do governments and institutions
go about building scientific, technological or innovation capacity? How do
science, technology, and innovation play out in inter- and transnational

ISPP is currently leading several national and international research
projects, including “Regional Innovation Cultures” (DFG), “Cultivating
Engagement” (EIT Food), “Technoscientific Constitutionalism” (DFG/NSF),
“Innovating Food, Innovating Europe” (DFG), and the coordination of the
EU-H2020 consortium SCALINGS (“Scaling Up Co-creation”).

About MCTS

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS)
is one of the largest STS centers
in Europe. MCTS offers you an excellent, inspiring, and international
research environment at one of Europe’s eminent technical universities
where you will find many opportunities and support to develop your academic
profile. As the latest addition to TU Munich’s vibrant academic and
entrepreneurial community, MCTS is a trans-disciplinary STS center launched
in 2015 as part of Excellence Initiative by the German Federal Government.
MCTS’ mission is premised on the insight that today’s grand challenges
thoroughly sociotechnical in nature and that excellence in science and
engineering requires coequal excellence in addressing associated questions
in the social, political, legal, historical, and ethical domain. The MCTS
community includes STS researchers from the social sciences, humanities,
the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture, and is committed to
multi-faceted forms of dialogue across both expert communities and various


Please submit your application as a single pdf document, including the
following parts (in this order):

Ÿ Your CV, including a list of publications and presentations;

Ÿ A letter of motivation that describes, among other things, your interest
in and qualification for the position;

Ÿ 1-3 writing samples (e.g. a chapter of your PhD thesis, a publication,
or a manuscript);

Ÿ The names and contact details of two references, including a brief
explanation of your relationship to them;

Ÿ Relevant transcripts and certificates (e.g. a copy of your Master’s or
doctoral degree).

All application materials should be sent to
, mentioning “METAFORIS” in the subject line.
deadline for application is March 25, 2019. Earlier applications will be
considered immediately. The envisaged start date is May 1, 2019. Specific
questions regarding the position should be addressed to the project PI
Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer (

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