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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fak­ultät VI - Insti­tute of Soci­ology / Rese­arch Train­ing Group

Research assist­ant - 0.65 work­ing time - Ent­gelt­gruppe 13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

The Research Train­ing Group is con­cerned with the cre­ation and sig­ni­fic­ance of innov­a­tion in con­tem­por­ary soci­ety. We adopt a broad notion of innov­a­tion. It com­prises not only the nov­el­ties in tech­no­logy and the eco­nomy that have been real­ized in soci­ety. Our notion of innov­a­tion includes nov­el­ties in sci­ence, art, cul­ture, plan­ning, polit­ics, and other areas of soci­ety as well. The Research Train­ing Group devotes spe­cial atten­tion to three topic areas: devel­op­ing a con­cep­tual under­stand­ing of innov­a­tion that takes into account that, today, a great diversity of nov­el­ties is advanced and becomes an object of dis­course in a wide range of dif­fer­ent social spheres on the basis of a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent cri­teria; (2) ana­lyz­ing the social pro­duc­tion, con­tinu­ation, and, where applic­able, change of innov­a­tions in the con­text of the fields of innov­a­tion that form around an innov­a­tion topic and are con­sti­tuted by act­ors who recur­rently inter­act with one another in regard to that topic; and (3) reflect­ing on social ana­lyses of innov­a­tion soci­ety accord­ing to which it is a fun­da­mental char­ac­ter­istic of con­tem­por­ary West­ern soci­et­ies to pos­it­ively con­note changes that are per­ceived as innov­a­tions and view innov­a­tion as a key mech­an­ism of soci­etal prob­lem­solv­ing.

Work­ing field:

The Research Train­ing Group pro­motes research on the topic of innov­a­tion that expli­citly addresses issues related to the afore­men­tioned three topic areas that com­prise the Group’s field of research. A focus on one or more of the topic areas men­tioned above is required, as is expli­citly address­ing the pro­cesses involved in the con­sti­tu­tion of innov­a­tion.

The Research Train­ing Group offers an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary, research-intens­ive envir­on­ment with a broad spec­trum of advisors from the areas of soci­ology, plan­ning sci­ences, eco­nom­ics, and polit­ical sci­ence. It sup­ports exchanges between those involved in the Group by organ­iz­ing col­loquia and work­shops and provid­ing work­spaces at a com­mon loc­a­tion. Among our offer­ings are spe­cially tailored sem­inars and open, in some cases self-organ­ized, con­fer­ences with interna-tional schol­ars. The Group sup­ports, for instance, the organ­iz­a­tion of research stays abroad, invit­a­tions to vis­it­ing schol­ars, and provides a fam­ily-friendly work­ing envir­on­ment.

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Applic­ants must have an above-aver­age com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in the field of social sci­ence or plan­ning sci­ences.

If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact the Postdoc, Dr. Ale­jandro Esguerra, +30 - 314 27305,

How to ap­ply:

Can­did­ates will be selec­ted on the basis of an inform­at­ive, sci­en­tific­ally ori­ginal pro­posal out­lining the planned dis­ser­ta­tion pro­ject. The pro­posal shall explic­ate the link between the planned research and the Group’s research field as described above and the con­tri­bu­tion that the envi­sioned pro­ject expects to make in this con­text. For more details, please visit the Research Train­ing Group’s FAQ page at

Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion, not­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber andin­clud­ing the usual doc­u­ments and a pro­posal (approx. 30,000 char­ac­ters) shall be sub­mit­ted to the speaker of the research train­ing group, Dr. Arnold Windeler, prefer­able by e-mail at or by reg­u­lar mail to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin – Der Präsid­ent – , Fak­ultät VI, Insti­tut für Sozi­olo­gie, Prof. Dr. Arnold Windeler (Sprecher des Graduier­ten­kollegs), Sekr. FH 9-1, Fraunhofer­str. 33-36, 10587 Ber­lin.

To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies between women and men, applic­a­tions by women with the required qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desired. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­ginal doc­u­ments will not be returned.