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1 PhD Position in STS on AI & Society at the Technical University of Munich

1 PhD Position in STS on AI & Society at the Technical University of Munich

Deadline: Jan 7, 2022

The Professorship of Science & Technology Policy (Prof. Dr. Ruth M=FCller),= based at the Department for Science, Technology & Society at the Technical= University of Munich, announces one open position for a doctoral researche= r in Science & Technology Studies (STS) (TV-L E13, 65%, 3 years). For more = information, please see the description below. The position is to start on = April 1st, 2022.

About us

The research group =93Science & Technology Policy=94 (STP) explores the int= eractions between science, technology, society and policy, focusing on both= emerging and transforming knowledge cultures in academic science and their= social, political and ethical implications. Research in the group foregrou= nds questions of social justice and equity in all their work. The group is = based at the Department of Science, Technology & Society at the newly found= ed TUM School of Social Sciences & Technology. The department is home to ab= out 60 researchers in STS and two international MA programs (MA Science & T= echnology Studies and MA Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technol= ogy), as well as a hub for international guest researchers in STS.

About the research project

We are seeking a doctoral researcher to join our team for the project =93Re= sponsible Innovation Communication in AI Research=94 funded by the TUM-IAS.= This project is conducted in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Maja Horst (DTU = Copenhagen), who is a guest professor at the group from 2021-2023. The proj= ect takes an STS perspective to communication and explores what it might me= an to consider communication as a key element of responsible research and i= nnovation. We will focus specifically on the role scientists play in genera= ting and responding to public narratives about AI. We will conduct intervie= ws and host workshops with researchers and other relevant stakeholders to d= iscuss and elaborate how communication with and in the public sphere shapes= research agendas and what communicating responsibly about and within AI re= search might mean. For further information see: arch-areas/political-social-and-= technological-change/responsible-innovation-communication

Your tasks as a doctoral researcher

As a doctoral researcher, you will work as part of a project team. Your tas= ks will include empirical research and data analysis, preparation of result= s for publication, presentation of results at (international) academic meet= ings, contributions to the teaching portfolio of the group and support for = organizing project-related academic events. You will develop an innovative = research question for your PhD thesis as part of the project and in collabo= ration with the project leaders, Prof. Ruth M=FCller and Prof. Maja Horst. = You will regularly meet with your supervisors to discuss and support the pr= ogress of your thesis. Beyond the project, you will be part of the Science = & Technology Policy research group and at the lively research community at = the STS department more generally. You will actively participate in the aca= demic life of the group and the department, which both regularly host inter= national guest researchers and academic events. As a PhD student at TU Muni= ch, you will be enrolled in the TUM Graduate School, which provides a struc= tured PhD program and offers a rich program of courses in academic and tran= sferable skills.

Applicants should hold a Master=92s degree in the social sciences or the hu= manities. Experience with qualitative social science research methods is re= quired, familiarity with STS concepts desirable. You should be interested i= n working across the disciplines and in engaging with other knowledge cultu= res. You should further be capable of and interested in working both as par= t of a team and independently. Fluency in English is essential for the acad= emic life at the center. We are looking for inspired and inspiring new tale= nts who want to work in and contribute to an exciting, interdisciplinary ST= S research environment.

Application documents

Your complete application documents must include your CV, your Master=92s d= egree certificates, a letter of motivation (max. 2 pages), 1-2 writing samp= les (e.g., thesis chapters, articles, etc.), and names and contact details = of 2 references, including a brief statement explaining your relationship t= o each of the named references.


Please send your complete application as a single pdf document to applicati= We will accept an= d review all applications received up until and including Friday, January 7= , 2022. Interviews will be conducted shortly after the application deadline= , in person or via a video conferencing tool.

We are committed to raising the number of women and gender non-binary indiv= iduals in research and teaching, who are especially encouraged to apply. Ap= plicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qua= lifications.

If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact appli= If you have c= ontent-related questions, please contact

Best regards, Science & Technology Policy Group STS Department Technical University of Munich Augustenstra=DFe 46 I 80333 M=FCnchen +49 (0)89 =96 289 29214

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