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Message posted on 02/07/2021

Faculty position (associate/full, tenured) in Sociology of Science and Technology / STS at TU Munich

Dear colleagues,

A brief reminder that we are still looking to hire an associate/full professor in Sociology of Science and Technology with a strong STS bent for our new STS Department at Technical University of Munich!

Please spread the word and/or consider applying! Looking forward to a great new colleague!

Best regards, and apologies for cross-posting, Sebastian Pfotenhauer & Ruth Müller

Professor of »Sociology of Science and Technology«


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) invites applications for the position of Professor of » Sociology of Science and Technology « at the W3 Associate / Full Professorship level (tenured). The professorship will be endowed by the Friedrich Schiedel Foundation and should be filled as soon as possible.

Scientific Environment The professorship will be part of the TUM Department of Science, Technology & Society (STS), which will be part of the new TUM School of Social Sciences & Technology (to be founded on Oct 1, 2021). The department addresses the complex interactions between politics, society, economy and technology through transdisciplinary social science research and teaching and is being expanded to become a supporting pillar in the overall strategy of TUM, towards future-oriented education and research processes and human-centered, socially acceptable and trustworthy innovations ("Responsible Research & Innovation").

Responsibilities We are looking for an expert in the field of sociology of science and technology with experience in collaborating with other social science, natural science, engineering, or medical fields. Tasks include research and teaching as well as supervision and promotion of young scientists, as well as participation in the bachelor and master programs at TUM.

Qualifications We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated excellent achievements in research and teaching in an internationally recognized scientific environment, relative to the applicable career level (further information at A university degree and an outstanding doctoral degree or equivalent scientific qualification as well as special pedagogical aptitude are prerequi-sites. International research experience is expected.

Our Offer Based on the best international standards and transparent performance criteria, TUM offers a merit-based academic career path for Associate Professor to Full Professor. The regulations of the TUM Faculty Recruitment and Career System apply. TUM provides excellent working conditions in a lively scientific community, embedded in the vibrant research environment of the Greater Munich Area. The TUM environment is multicultural, with English serving as a common interface for scientific interaction. The TUM Munich Dual Career Office (MDCO) provides tailored career consulting to the partners of newly appointed professors. The MDCO assists the relocation and integration of new professors, their partners and accompanying family members.

Your Application TUM is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages applications from women. The position is suitable for disabled persons. Disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications and scientific performance as other candidates will be given preference. Application documents should be submitted in accordance with TUM’s application guidelines for professors. These guidelines and detailed information about the TUM Faculty Recruitment and Career System are available at Here you will also find TUM’s information on collecting and processing personal data as part of the application process.

Please send your application no later than July 18, 2021 to For questions regarding application formalities please contact Dr. Patrick Sumpf at For questions about the envisioned profile for this professorship, please contact the MCTS Co-Directors at or Kontakt:

Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Pfotenhauer

Carl von Linde Associate Professor of Innovation Research Co-Director, Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) Head, Innovation, Society, and Public Policy Group TUM School of Management Technische Universität München

Augustenstr. 46, Room #456 80333 München, Germany

phone: +49 89.289.29222 email:

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Coordinator, BMBF Future Cluster MCube Coordinator, EU H2020 Consortium SCALINGS Program Director, M.A. “Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology" (RESET)

Recently published:

· Pfotenhauer S.M., Laurent B., Papageorgiou K., Stilgoe J. "Can it scale? Coming to term with the politics of scaling." Social Studies of Science (2021, forthcoming)

· Pfotenhauer S.M., Frahm N., Winickoff D., Benrimoh D., Illes J., Marchant G. "Mobilizing the private sector for responsible innovation in neurotechnology." Nature Biotechnology (2021)

· Jasanoff S, Hilgartner S, Hurlbut B, et al. “Comparative Covid Responses: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics (Interim Report).” Schmidt Futures Forum Report, Cornell University and Harvard Kennedy School (2021)

· Frahm N.M., Doezema T., Pfotenhauer S.M. “Fixing Technology with Society: The Co-Production of Democratic Deficits and Responsible Innovation at the OECD and the European Commission.“ Science, Technology & Human Values (2021)

· Guridi, J.A., Pertuze, J.A, Pfotenhauer S.M. “Natural Laboratories as Policy Instruments for Technological Learning and Institutional Capacity Building: The Case of Chile’s Astronomy Cluster" Research Policy (2020).

· Engels, F., Wentland, A., Pfotenhauer S.M. “Testing future societies? Developing a framework for test beds and living labs as instruments of innovation governance,” Research Policy (2019).

· Garden, H., Winickoff, D., Frahm N. and Pfotenhauer S.M. “Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology Enterprises” OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers (2018).

· Pfotenhauer, S.M. “Building global innovation hubs: The 'MIT Model' in three start-up universities.” In: Wisnioski, M. et al. (eds.) Does America need more innovators? MIT Press, pp. 191-220 (2019)

· Pfotenhauer, S.M., Juhl, J., Aarden, E. “Challenging the ‘Deficit Model' of Innovation: Framing Policy Issues under the Innovation Imperative,” Research Policy (2018).

· Winickoff, D. and Pfotenhauer S.M. “Technology Governance and the Innovation Process,” OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook (2018).

· Pfotenhauer, S.M. and Jasanoff, S. “Panacea or diagnosis? Imaginaries of innovation and the “MIT model” in three political cultures,” Social Studies of Science (2018).

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