Technische Universität Berlin - Faculty IV - Institute of Telecommunication Systems / Internet and Society
Research Assistant - salary grade E13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen
part-time employment may be possible
The TU research group “Data, Algorithmic Systems and Ethics” at the Weizenbaum Institute (www.weizenbaum-institut.de, www.tu.berlin/ias) is looking for a researcher to conduct independent research and other tasks related to the Institute (reports, transfer activities). The position holder will support our research and transfer activities on design decisions in algorithmic systems regarding their interaction with human values, attitudes, behavior, and rules. The focus lies in algorithmic systems directly impacting citizens and users, such as automated decision-making systems, online platforms, or software that supports sensitive business functions such as internal reporting and compliance. These systems are usually based on processing large amounts of data and involve machine learning or other forms of AI. We understand algorithmic systems as part of larger socio-technical systems and look for principles, architectures, and parameters that can lead to desired goals as well as methods for determining those goals themselves. To this end, we use mixed-method designs (analysis and design of algorithms, interdisciplinary principle extraction, knowledge representation and reasoning, data science methods and human subjects studies, quantitative and qualitative methods).
We offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic, research-oriented, interdisciplinary, and international team, an office in the center of the cosmopolitan city of Berlin, and a 3-year, 100% funded Ph.D. position as an employee at the TU Berlin, salary group TV-L E13 (an overview be found here: https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tv-l/allg/). Conditioned on further funding, extending up to five years is possible.
Tasks include in particular:
Conduction of research and participation in further tasks of the Weizenbaum Institute.
Independent research on topics of Internet and Society, especially on the requirements, design, deployment, and evaluation of algorithms and algorithmic systems concerning data protection, privacy, and social justice.
Contributions to scientific conferences and workshops.
Presentation of results at conferences and knowledge-transfer events.
Conducting scientific and transfer workshops.
Collaboration with researchers of the Weizenbaum Institute, the “Internet and Society” department at TU Berlin, and extended research networks.
Establishing connections and cooperating with national and international partners (researchers and other social actors).
Successfully completed university studies in computer science (master’s degree, diploma, or equivalent qualification) or related fields.
Thorough knowledge in artificial intelligence / machine learning, including automated decision-making, fairness and transparency in algorithms and algorithmic systems.
Interest in the topics of privacy and data protection.
Basic knowledge in the legal and social contexts of privacy, data protection, and social justice.
Interest in developing and creating application-oriented solutions involving various stakeholders.
Sound knowledge and skills in programming.
Strong knowledge of quantitative research methods.
Knowledge in and interest in qualitative research methods.
Knowledge in analyzing quantitatively collected data using Python, R, or similar.
Enjoy working with students.
Excellent English skills (written and spoken).
Interest in ethical issues and social implications/conditions related to information technologies.
Ability to work independently and with a team. Good self-organization skills.
Enthusiasm to work in an international and interdisciplinary environment.
Interest in human factors research and its methods.
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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 - Die Präsidentin - Fakultät IV, Institut für Telekommunikationssysteme, FG Internet und Gesellschaft, Frau Prof. Dr. Berendt, Sekr. DII-WI (HBS), Hardenbergstr. 16-18, 10623 Berlin