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Message posted on 10/11/2022

Job Posting: Phd in Platform Governance

Hi everyone,

I have an open PhD Cand. position in my „Platform Governance, Media and Technology“ Lab at the University of Bremen. Please check and potentially forward to your students and colleagues.

I am seeking someone to collaborate with my postdocs and me to better understand

  • how platforms govern communication on their sites (think: content moderation, but also beyond)
  • how the discourse on platforms is changing (Everyone: take more responsibility; Musk: ¯_(ツ)_/¯)
  • how regulation is seeking measures to translate responsibility into accountability
  • how platform employ automates means to address content moderation on scale („AI will fix it!“)

It’s a 3Y position, in a team 10-15 postdocs, Phd cand, and MA student assistants working with me:

⚠️ Please note: The deadline is already next week, NOV 18!

If you are interested, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at Send your full application including: (1) a cover letter outlining the motivation, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a brief outline of a possible doctoral topic, as well as (4) final transcripts and (5) the final thesis or other publications, if applicable, ideally as one single pdf-file – to

You find the full official job here and below:

— Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach

Professor of Media and Communication Head of Lab „Platform Governance Media, and Technology“ Director of MA program „Digital Media and Society" Centre for Media, Communication & Information Research (ZeMKI), University of Bremen

Associated Researcher Alexander von Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society (HIIG)


Research Associate (Doctoral Candidate) (f/m/d) in the topic area "Platform Governance" Faculty 9 Cultural Studies

Classifications E 13 - part-time 50% Reference number: A305/22 Closing date: 11/18/2022 Public vacancy

At the University of Bremen, the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research/ Department 9 - Cultural Studies - in the ZeMKI Lab "Platform Governance, Media, and Technology" of Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach has a vacancy for the position of a

Research Associate (Doctoral Candidate) (f/m/d) pay group 13 TV-L- 50%

in the topic area "Platform Governance

for a period of 3 years.

The fixed-term contract is for scientific qualification according to § 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). Accordingly, only applicants who still have qualification periods to the corresponding extent according to § 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG can be considered.

Job description

We are looking for a person with an interest in (and ideally initial experience in) research on platforms, their role in social and media change, and their governance. In an international team of postdocs and PhD students, we research at the lab the interplay between regulation, discourses and the development of technologies - currently with a focus on platforms and "artificial intelligence". To this end, we use innovative combinations of qualitative and digital methods. With the Platform Governance Archive (, we also provide research data as resources for the research community.


• Independent researchin the form of a PhD to the extent of one third of working hours. 

The scientific research work in the above-mentioned field is to be deepened in a dissertation. • Scientific research activities to the extent of one third of the working time: • Collaboration in ongoing research projects of the ZeMKI Lab "Platform Governance, Media, and Technology", especially in the area of platform governance. • Collaboration in the operation and further development of the Platform Governance Archive • Collaboration in the acquisition of third-party funding • Preparation and implementation of scientific conferences • Support in academic self-administration • Academic services in teaching to the extent of 2 SWS or one third of the working time: • Conducting tutorials or seminars in BA and MA study programs • Preparation of teaching materials • Supervision of seminar papers, term papers, presentations and Bachelor's and Master's theses. Requirements

• Above-average academic degree (master's/diploma) in communication and media studies or another discipline relevant to the topic area
• Sound methodological training (especially with regard to qualitative methods and digital methods)
• Previous knowledge of or high interest in the above-mentioned main research areas
• Willingness to pursue further academic qualification (doctorate) in the above-mentioned field
• Very good knowledge of written and spoken English, knowledge of German would be an advantage
• High level of commitment and initiative, ability to work in a team, careful and reliable working methods
• Willingness to participate in academic self-administration
• Willingness to teach in accordance with the LVNV (Lehrverpflichtungs- und Lehrnachweisordnung).

General hints

The university is family-friendly, diverse and sees itself as an international university. We therefore welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

The University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of women in academia and therefore expressly invites women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given priority if they have essentially the same professional and personal qualifications.

Questions should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach (

Applications should include (1) a cover letter outlining the motivation, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a brief outline of a possible doctoral topic, as well as (4) final transcripts and (5) the final thesis or other publications, if applicable, ideally as one single pdf-file.

Applications are requested by November 18th, 2022, quoting the reference number A305/22, to

University of Bremen Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) Ms Janina Fadil-Kerstein Linzer Str. 4 28359 Bremen

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