Three Positions: Research Assistant/ Head of Junior Research Group (Post-Doc) for the Internet Institute for the Networked Society (Application Deadline: September 25, 2017)

The divisions Media Use Research and Communication Theory/ Media Effects are looking for three post-doctoral research assistants as heads of the junior research groups for the Internet Institute for the Networked Society. Applications can be handed in until September 25, 2017 at the latest.

News from Sep 04, 2017

Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften - Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft

Research Assistant
full-time job
limited to September 14, 2020
for guidance and subject to the appropriations
Entgeltgruppe 14 TV-L FU
reference code: DII-FU-Post-Doc

The Internet Institute for the Networked Society will research the interdependencies between digitalization and society and will start to operate in Berlin on September 15, 2017. The Internet Institute will analyze changes in contemporary society, which become apparent in connection with digitalization. Main emphasis will be placed on the synergy of the social sciences, economics and law studies with design research and computer science. The work at the institute intertwines interdisciplinary fundamental research with the exploration of practical solutions in open labs and knowledge transfer in politics, economics and society. Three postdoctoral positions financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will be filled within the Internet Institute.

Job description:

Coordination of the tasks of three junior research groups regarding the topics “Digital Citizenship and Civic Participation”, “News, Campaigns and Rationality of Public Discourse” and “Digitalization and (Trans-)National Public Sphere” within the Internet Institute; independent planning and execution of research projects within the scope of the respective re-search group; advancement of the research program of the research groups in cooperation with their Principal Investigators; supervision of doctoral projects within the junior research group; participation in group and institution overlapping activities of the Internet Institute such as conferences, transfer formats with partners of the research network as well as formats that will support the interdisciplinary character of the institute; representation and external presentation of the junior research group; participation in the planning and organization of meetings and conferences; moderation of project workshops; cooperation in the compilation of reports and the subsequent project proposal; Publication of research results.


Doctoral Degree in either Media and Communication Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology or Social Sciences.

Job experiences:

Experiences in the field of research on political public sphere with a special focus on the research of media content, individual communication and participation, political communication or political campaigns; leadership experience; advanced knowledge of empirical methods of data collection in the field of communication research (content analyses, quantitative and qualitative surveys, observations); experiences with digital methods of communication research (data mining, automated text analyses, network analyses or the like); experiences in the execution of externally funded projects; experiences with interdisciplinary cooperations; experiences in the organization of meetings; experienced application knowledge in the field of statistical analyses.


Interest in interdisciplinary work; ability to produce reliable work results under high time pressure; high sense of responsibility; ability to work well in a team; independent way of working; very good command of English; communication skills; strong organizational talent; ability to meet deadlines; willingness to travel.

All applications quoting the reference code should be addressed no later than September 25, 2017


Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Herrn Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer
Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

Or as an e-mail to Herrn Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer:

Link to the job offers of Freie Universität Berlin (dated September 4, 2017)

Direct link to the above-mentioned job advertisement

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