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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Faculty VI, Institute of Sociology, Chair of Sociology of Working Worlds’ Digitalization

Research Assistant - 0.65 working-time - salary grade E13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

under the reserve that funds are granted

The Institute of Sociology at TU Berlin is seeking a highly motivated research associate (65% doctoral position) for the Chair of Sociology of Working Worlds’ Digitalization (headed by Professor Stefan Kirchner) for CRC subproject C07 "Platform Economy: Spatial Conflicts over Airbnb between Global Marketization and Territorial Containment" within Collaborative Research Center 1265 "Re-figuration of Spaces."
The subproject examines the reconfiguration of spaces using the example of Airbnb and addresses the question of when and how conflicts emerge from tensions between place, network space, and territorial space. The subproject examines the spatial conflicts and the underlying interrelationships of the spatial figures of place, network space, and territorial space using a mixed method design. The design compares three cities (Berlin, Cape Town, San Francisco) to examine, on the one hand, whether Airbnb adopts uniform marketization worldwide and, on the other hand, whether and how local initiatives and municipal offices realize effective containment measures.
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Working field:

You will be primarily responsible for conducting qualitative analyses within the project (interviews and expert interviews, content analysis). Specific tasks include preparing, conducting and evaluating the qualitative studies (field contact, interviewing and evaluation), which require relevant prior knowledge. The position also requires you to work closely with quantitative analyses at various stages of the investigation and exchange information on a regular basis. The project provides an opportunity to work on a doctorate and conduct research in an outstanding environment.


  • University degree in sociology or a similar discipline (Master, Diplom or equivalent)
  • Very good knowledge of the sociology of work, organizational sociology, or economic sociology
  • Experience of and willingness to undertake interdisciplinary research in the area of digitalization and platform economy
  • Experience of social science methods/methodologies
  • Very good experience and knowledge of implementing and evaluating qualitative survey methods and qualitative evaluation approaches
  • Flexibility and organizational skills

Additional desired qualifications:
Experience of publishing
Interest in or knowledge of spatial sociological issues
Interest in or knowledge of quantitative social research
Very good English skills

How to apply:

Please submit your written application - quoting the reference - with the usual documents as a single PDF file to Saima Mahlke (, Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident, Fakultät VI, Institut für Soziologie, FH 9-1, Fraunhoferstraße 33-36, 10587 Berlin.

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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. The TU Berlin
values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Technische Universität Berlin - The President - Faculty VI, Institute of Sociology, Chair of Sociology of Working Worlds’ Digitalization, Professor Stefan Kirchner, staff code: FH 9-1, Fraunhoferstraße 33–36, D-10587 Berlin