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Message posted on 05/02/2020

Coding Public Value: Doctoral Position (75%), Digital Media Lab, Munich Center for Technology in Society

Dear all,

we are hiring! Interested in STS, Platforms and Public Value? Then this
might be for you!

All the best


Call for Applications: 1 doctoral position (TVL-E13, 75%, 3 years, fixed

The Digital Media Lab at the Munich Center for Technology in Society,
Technische Universität München is seeking early-stage researchers for a
position available immediately with a focus on STS & Digital Media as
part of the Coding Public Value project (BIDT).

1 doctoral position (TV-L E13 75%, 3 years, fixed term)

About us: The Digital Media Lab at MCTS explores the ongoing digital
transformation of our lives, our working environments and our
institutions by focusing on the manifold entanglements between
infrastructures, datafication and communication in digital societies. In
approaching these questions, the digital media lab draws on insights
from Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Media Studies. We pursue a
number of empirical case studies and apply a wide variety of qualitative
methods, taking a closer look at current ICT engineering projects
reveals how contemporary digital societies are formed.

About the project: The project Coding Public Value focuses on the
development and evaluation of methods for responsible software
engineering for the common good and corresponding institutional,
political and organizational frameworks for public-service media
platforms. How can legal, political and user-oriented requirements of
public media be translated into requirements, methods and quality
assessment practices for the engineering of software and which
institutional, political, and organizational requirements have to be
implemented in order to operate public service media platforms on the
foundation of such public service-oriented software engineering? The
project combines Science & Technology Studies, Media and Communication
Research, Legal Studies, and empirical Software Engineering in an
interdisciplinary collaboration.

For more information see:

Your tasks as a doctoral researcher: As a doctoral researcher, you will
be part of the Coding Public Values project, in which you will do
qualitative empirical research in close cooperation with the project
partners on software engineering practices. Further you will be
responsible to prepare project results for publication and presentation
for the scientific community. You will develop an innovative research
question for your PhD thesis in collaboration with the project leader,
PD Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth.

What we offer:

An innovative and interdisciplinary working environment in one of
Europe’s leading research institutions in the field of STS
A lively and international research community at the MCTS and TUM,
including many international visiting researchers and professors
A structured PhD program and excellent supervision of your thesis
a challenging position with a high degree of responsibility at the
MCTS and the newly founded BIDT.

What we expect

Applicants hold a Master’s degree in the social sciences,
humanities, or computer science.
Familiarity with STS concepts and experience with qualitative social
science research methods.
Interest in interdisciplinary work and engagement with other
knowledge cultures.
Capability of working both as part of a team and independently,
including organizational skills
Fluency in English (at least B2).
First experiences in research management
* Social competence, communication skills, and team management

Application documents: Your complete application documents must include
your CV, your Master’s degree certificate, a letter of motivation (max.
2 pages), 1-2 writing samples (e.g. thesis chapters), and names and
contact details of 2 references, including a brief statement explaining
your relationship to each of the named references.

Interested? Please send your complete application as a single pdf
document to

We will accept and review all applications received up until and
including 28.2.20. We are committed to raising the number of women and
gender-non-binary individuals in research and teaching, who are
especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated
with preference given comparable qualification.

If you have questions about the application procedure or the work of the
Digital Media Lab, please contact or

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