Ausschreibung Studentische Hilfskraft im Projekt Hidden Regions

Das in der ISPP-Forschungsgruppe am Department of Science, Technology and Society angesiedelte Team Hidden Regions: Innovation in the Periphery sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine studentische Hilfskraft, die Interesse an der Untersuchung sozioökonomischer Strukturen mittelstandsgeprägter Regionen hat.

Wir untersuchen kleine und mittelgroße Städte mit relativem Wohlstand, die sich unter anderem durch „Hidden Champions“ sowie einem starken sozialen Zusammenhalt auszeichnen. Diese Regionen stehen zunehmend vor der Frage, wie jener „Innovationsimperativ“ (Pfotenhauer et al., 2019) sowie die damit einhergehenden Globalisierungsdynamiken mit der lokalen Identität, Kultur, Geschichte und Politik verknüpft werden können. Auf Basis qualitativ-empirischer Methoden sollen spezifische regionale Innovationskulturen untersucht werden.


  • STS oder RESET Masterstudent*in
  • Sehr gute Sprachkenntnisse in Deutsch
  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse im Umgang mit qualitativen empirischen Methoden, inkl. Ethnographie und Interviews
  • Gute Grundlagenkenntnisse in MAXQDA
  • Bereitschaft zur aktiven Forschung
  • Interesse an einem längerfristigen Engagement
  • Von Vorteil: Familiarität mit co-produktionistischer STS-Literatur (Jasanoff 2004, Jasanoff & Kim 2015)

Über uns:
Die ISPP Forschungsgruppe untersucht die Praktiken, Politiken, Wissensstrukturen, wirtschaftliche Prozesse sowie Konfliktlinien, die heutige Innovationsgesellschaften kennzeichnen. Wir erforschen aktuelle Phänomene auf der Ebene von Gemeinschaften, Public Policy und in Bezug auf konkrete Technologien. Wir verfolgen einen co-produktionistischen Ansatz, der wissenschaftlich-technische und soziale Veränderungen als miteinander verflochten und gemeinsam evolvierend versteht und die normativen Aspekte von Innovationspraktiken in den Vordergrund stellt.

Sende bei Interesse ein halbseitiges Motivationsschreiben, dein Transcript of Records sowie deinen CV an Weitere Fragen können auch gerne an diese Mailadresse geschickt werden.


Post-doctoral researcher (TV-L E13, 100%, 5 years, fixed term) on the Topic “Environmental STS”

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The Sociology of Science and Technology (SST) research group at the Department of Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Technical University of Munch (TUM) is inviting applications for a position:

Post-doctoral researcher (TV-L E13, 100%, 5 years, fixed term) on the Topic “Environmental STS”

Job description:

  • Perform STS research on the global environmental risks (climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, negative emissions technologies) including novel forms of knowledge-making (such as futuring and datafication) and informal governance such as standardization as well as the evidence-based governance of socio-technical transformation (in the field of energy, AI, digitalization & environment)
  • Work towards joint publications in recognized international, peer-reviewed journals, including coauthored papers with other group members
  • Co-Teach courses in TUM Master RESET and Master STS on topics such as STS concepts and methods, advanced topics on Technology, Sustainability, Society; help develop new courses on these topics (such as “Future-making”, “STS & activism, “Risks & Safety”, “Accounting and standardization practices”)
  • Teach course in the TUM School of Engineering and Design – MINT and Msc Risk and Safety
  • (Co-)Supervise Master’s students
  • Consider writing/contributing to synergistic grant applications to raise external funding
  • Participate in the Sociology of science research group and support the work of the group at an administrative level, including research management, the organization of meetings, project maintenance, project events, workshops at the TUM think tank, conferences etc.
  • Active engagement with the community at STS Department, TUM, and in the international STS landscape

Candidate profile:

  • Postdoc position: Completed/submitted dissertation in Science and Technology Studies (STS) or a related field, e.g. Sociology, Interpretative Policy Studies, or other relevant fields, presuming that you can demonstrate an equivalent level of qualification and subject-specific expertise
  • A distinct research profile in STS or related fields (demonstrated through publications or previous teaching), ideally related to the topic and the broader chair profile
  • Broad knowledge of the topics, theories, and methods of STS/ sociology
  • Knowledge of comparative approaches in STS are a strong advantage;  Experiences in (co-)supervising student theses are an advantage
  • Experiences in research management are an advantage
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • German language skills are an advantage (but not necessary)
  • International experience is an advantage
  • Presence at Munich during the semester is obligatory
  • Strong inclination to work in a team-oriented environment

About us:

The SST research group seeks to establish a research program on science, technology and society in the interdisciplinary environment of the SOT and TUM. The overarching goal of our research group is to combine research on science in society with real-world engagements in advisory bodies and societal co-production interactively and reflexively. The group researches and enables the emergence of new forms of collaboration between different societal actors from science, civil society, politics, and business as well as new formats of knowledge production and governance of science (e.g. public engagement, responsible science, co-creation of knowledge and standardization). We also develop the analytical framework for theoretical and practical approaches for understanding and mapping novel forms of knowledge production and assessing their scientific performance and societal impact, including their evaluation criteria. By creating a space for public engagement and critical reflection, our research aims to address – in theory and practice – to solving pertinent and urgent scientific and societal challenges arising e.g. from rapid global change and emerging technologies (such as Negative Emission Technologies and Social Media).

The research group is contributing to the projects ‘EU-Climateurope2: Supporting and standardising climate services in Europe and beyond’, 2022-2026, and ‘BioNET – Multi-level Assessment of Bio-based Negative Emission Technologies’ as part of the BMBF funding measure Methods of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Find out more about the STS Department and STS online:

About the STS Department:

The Department of Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology is dedicated to understanding the larger social, political, ethical and legal dimensions of science and technology. Embedded in TUM’s unique innovation ecosystem, we are committed to enabling a more responsible and sustainable engagement with science and innovation through social science research, teaching and public dialogue – often in collaboration with partners from technical fields. The TUM STS community strives to provide new intellectual and practical resources for dealing with the challenges of highly technologized societies, and to train future leaders with a unique sensibility for the critical interface between science, technology and society. As one of Europe’s largest hubs for STS, we are a lively intellectual community of 70+ researchers from numerous disciplines and fields of specialization. As a department, we deliver 2 Master’s programs and design STS content for the School’s PhD program. We offer regular public lectures and symposia, weekly discussion groups, and visiting research programs. We maintain close collaborative ties to other parts of TUM as well as to leading STS centers in Germany and around the world.


Please submit your application as a single pdf document, including the following parts (in this order):

  • Your CV, including a list of publications and presentations (if applicable)
  •  A letter of motivation that describes your research profile and your qualification for/interest in the job profile (max. 2 pages)
  • 1-2 writing samples (e.g. a chapter of your PhD thesis, MA thesis, a publication, or a manuscript)
  • The names and contact details of one reference (PhD Position) and up to three references (Postdoc Position)
  • Relevant transcripts and certificates (e.g. a copy of your Master’s or doctoral degree)

All application materials should be sent to Silke Beck, mentioning “WSS ESTS” in the subject line, respectively.

The deadline for application is July 15, 2024. Specific clarification questions about this position or our research profile should be addressed to Prof. Silke Beck (





Department of Science, Technology and Society (STS)
School of Social Sciences and Technology

Technische Universität München
Arcisstr. 21, 80333 München

Department Head:
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer

Deputy Department Head:
Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller