Message posted on 09/11/2023

job offer: postdoctoral researcher on digital commons in Paris

Dear colleagues,

We are hiring a postdoc to work on digital commons and internet commons at CNRS Center for Internet and Society in Paris.

The job offer is pasted below and available on CNRS portal:

Closing date for application is Monday 27 November at 11am CET Paris time.

Please forward the job offer to your local mailing-lists and recent PhD graduates who might be interested to apply.

Many thanks,

Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay and Francesca Musiani


Postdoctoral researcher on digital commons


Recruitment within the Horizon Europe project NGI Commons (Open Source and Internet Commons for Europe's Digital Sovereignty) to ensure strategic alignment and integration of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) efforts within the broader European Digital / Internet Commons (DC/IC) context

The candidate will carry out this scientific research, prepare articles presenting their research at conferences and in journals, and contribute to the results of the project with the project team.


Map active communities in Europe based on interviews Analyse existing governance models Propose recommendations for the growth, maintenance, security and sustainability of the digital commons and strategies for the inclusion of the digital commons and the internet on the political agenda Design policies to strengthen the development of free and open source software and commons contributing to European digital sovereignty and ethical technological development respectful of human rights Organise and participate in meetings and conferences with communities, members of funding bodies and public digital infrastructure investment programmes, and political, governmental and European institutions. Skills

Prior education and experience: The candidate must have a PhD in law, sociology of technology, or political science and a prior research experience on the topic of digital/internet commons and open source. Prior knowledge of governance of the commons and experience with interview methodology is required. Familiarity with the French and European actors of the digital/internet commons and open source is highly desired.

Language: An excellent command of spoken and written English is required and a good reading and speaking knowledge of French is highly desired.

Skills required: Writing skills, ability to formulate/work on a scientific project Ability to work in a team and independently Organisational ability and ability to account for one's own actions Ability to communicate, analyse and argue a case, summary and critical evaluation

Work Context: European project NGI Commons - 101135279 - GAP-101135279 Working hours: 38.30 hours, based at the CNRS Centre for Internet and Society in Paris Travel in France and Europe for interviews, consortium meetings and conferences (4-6 missions per year) with a travel budget from the project. The candidate will be working with Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay and Francesca Musiani in Paris 17ème arrondissement. CIS is an international team composed of researchers in sociology of technology and in law involved in French-based, European and international grants, among others: 7 other projects on open data, data science, open science, and AI; a network of 600 researchers working in the Internet and Society field, including working groups on open science and digital commons policy; a partnership with the Open Knowledge Foundation on open data sustainability, a research cluster on open and shared knowledge.

The duration of the contract may be between 24 and 36 months, depending on the number of years of post-doctoral experience of the candidate. The starting date could be 1/1/2024 or 1/2/2024. Remuneration : Between 2992 et 4800 euros gross per month depending on experience Desired level of education : PhD Experience required : 1 to 4 years after PhD

To apply, please submit :

  • A cover letter explaining your personal motivation to pursue a research position with NGI Commons, including how you see the research experience in your career trajectory.
  • A CV
  • Your diplomas
  • Transcripts
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Doctoral thesis defence reports
  • If possible, another sample of writings, for example scientific publications, professional or popular scientific writings related to digital commons or open source.
  • 2 or 3 recent letters of recommendation, if you already have them for another application, otherwise the name, email and affiliation of 2 or 3 academic or professional references that we may contact.

Please submit your application in a single PDF file entitled "Name_NGICommons_Application.pdf".

Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.

Deadline for applications Monday 27 November at 11am CET, Paris time. Selected candidates will be invited to an online interview on Wednesday 29 November. Results are expected in the first week of December. Administrative recruitment procedure in December/January for a start in early 2024.

-- Francesca Musiani, Ph.D.

Chargée de recherche HDR | Associate Research Professor, CNRS

Directrice adjointe | Deputy Director, Centre for Internet and Society (UPR 2000 & GDR 2091 CNRS) Chercheuse associée | Associate Researcher, i3-CSI , MINES ParisTech Global Fellow, Internet Governance Lab , American University

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