at the newly founded Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) we are seeking applications from researchers and phd candidates for several positions:
* Research Position at the Policy & Governance Section. Backgrounds in STS, Political Science, Sociology, Cultural Studies or Media and Communication Studies are especially welcome.
* Doctoral Positions at the Institute.
See the full announcement at our website and below:
Research Position http://www.hiig.de/en/job-announcement-research-position/
Doctoral Positions http://www.hiig.de/en/doctoral-programme/
(In addition, we are also hiring students. So if you study in Berlin or nearby, please check our website.)
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Internet Policy & Governance
(65% TVL 13, plus children, literature and travel allowances, one year, extension possible)
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) seeks applications from researchers interested in working on projects within the research area of Internet Policy & Governance. Expected starting date is June 1, 2012.
The research area Internet Policy & Governance looks at public and private forms of ordering processes. We are especially interested in the interplay of socio-cultural, technical and legal norms shaping the development of the Internet. The research program aims to extend the debates about Internet regulation by a genuine social science approach, embedding the analysis of modes of coordination, emergent public and networks into socio-technical contexts by means of science and technology studies (STS).
For more specific information about the Institute and the research area, please visit our website http://www.hiig.de/en/research/internet-policy-governance/.
*Responsibilities & Duties*
The successful applicant will develop, design, and implement research projects within our research fields “Coordinating the Allocation of Information Goods” and “Information Infrastructures”.
• >> A postgraduate degree in social sciences or cultural studies (especially political science, communication studies, sociology).
• >> A strong interest in current developments regarding online communication, regulation and network infrastructure.
• >> Proficient in using online platforms, and experience with research tools and databases.
• >> Knowledgeable about relevant scientific literature and concepts (e.g. Internet governance, regulation of information goods, science and technology studies, sociology, online communities) as well as policy debates.
• >> Experience with empirical studies and relevant methods.
• >> Fluent in both English and German.
The research activities of the new and growing Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin provide excellent conditions to develop your own research ideas and and to contribute to the emerging research agenda of the Institute. Our projects are transdisciplinary, and planned as well as implemented in small teams working in an office located in the heart of Berlin. The Institute has a strong international focus, hence, international applicants are especially welcome. The position is open to extension.
Please direct your application to applicat...@hiig.de. The application should contain your CV and any relevant publications, blog posts, or a web site you may have. Application review will begin May 15, 2012 and the search will remain open until the position is filled. You are welcome to direct your questions to Christian Katzenbach (katzenb...@hiig.de)
Doctoral Positions in the Field of Internet and Society
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) has openings for doctoral candidates from all disciplines interested in the visionary planning of particular developments of the Internet and the interplay with societal and economic dynamics. Starting date is September 1, 2012.
In the context of a doctoral position (65% TVL 13, plus children, literature and travel allowances) we promote innovative and transdisciplinary-orientated research projects focusing on the following aspects:
• Regulation and order from a social scientific perspective, particularly within the fields of copyright and big data
• Open science – science in transformation
• Personality right and data protection in the Internet and the role of the Internet within the process of the global constitutionalism
• The current structural change of the public sphere and its legal consequences
The doctoral candidates will be part of a research groups at the Institute for Internet and Society. Besides specified mentoring agreements, regular presentations and mentoring appointments will be scheduled in order to facilitate sufficient scope for the development of independent research projects. Additionally the Institute for Internet and Society supports the philosophy of open science and promotes networking within the international research community.
The applicants may be in differnt stages of their PhD project at the time of their application. The contract period is usually limited to two years, with an interim evaluation after the first year of doctoral studies. There is the possibility of extension for another year. International PhD students are strongly encouraged to aplly for the positions.
The required documents include the completed online application form including
• Letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
• Exposé of the dissertation project/ if applicable a short description of the current work progress (max. 3 pages)
• Curriculum vitae/ relevant certificates and letters of recommendation
• Commitment to one of the research directors as a mentor
International applications as well as applicants already engaged in their doctoral thesis are especially welcome.
Please submit your complete application by May 31, 2012 using the online application form on our website. The interviews will be held on July 5th and 6th 2012. We kindly ask all applicants to save these dates.
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society is incorporated into the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the University of Arts Berlin as well as into the Social Science Research Center Berlin in alliance with the Hans-Bredow Institute Hamburg as an integrated co-operation partner. The overall goal of the institute is to understand the dynamic interdependence between society and the Internet and thus, offering the opportunity to shape the digital, networked future open to everyone.