Job Announcement

Job Announcement: Student Assistant Policy & Governance

17 September 2014

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) seeks applications from undergraduate and graduate students interested in working as a Student Assistant within the research area of Internet Policy & Governance. Expected starting date is October 15, 2014 or later. The paid position averages about 60 hours/month and is limited to one year.

Student Assistant

(60 hrs./month, limited to 1 year)

The research area Internet Policy & Governance looks at public and private forms of ordering processes. We are especially interested in the interplay of socio-cultural, technical and legal norms shaping the development of the Internet. The research program aims to extend the most commonly legal debates about Internet regulation by a genuine social science approach, embedding the analysis of modes of coordination, emergent public and networks into socio-technical contexts by means of science and technology studies (STS).

For more specific information about the scope of our research, please visit our website.

Responsibilities & Duties

In this suite of projects you will work on topics concerned with intellectual property and knowledge allocation, network infrastructures and freedom of expression online. We are looking for an undergraduate or graduate who will support the Policy & Governance staff collaboratively and independently in various stages of the research process. This includes background researches and literature reviews, communicating and partnering with the staff and fellows across the Institute as well as with external partners, assisting the editorial staff of the online platform Internet Policy Review, as well as supporting the planning of academic conferences and events.


  • Undergraduates or graduates in social or cultural studies (especially political science, communication studies, sociology), at least third semester.
  • Strong interest in current developments in online communication, regulation and network infrastructure.
  • Proficient in using online platforms, and experiences with research tools and databases.
  • Basic understandings of relevant scientific literature and concepts (e.g. internet governance, regulation of information goods, science and technology studies, sociology, online communities) as well as policy debates are desirable.
  • Independent user in English and German.

Conditions of Employment

You will support a small, highly dedicated team with flat hierarchies in contributing to the research area Internet Policy & Governance. You will be deeply and substantively involved in the planning and implementation of our research projects and efforts. Working within an international academic environment will foster a steep learning curve. Within the average work of 60 hours per month, working hours can be flexible. The payment is based on the Berlin agreement for student assistants (TV Stud II). The job is intended for one year (an extension is desirable). Applicants with disabilities will be considered with special attention in case of equal suitability, qualifications and ability.

Please submit your application in one pdf-file through the online form below. The application should contain your CV and any relevant publications, blog posts, or a web site you may have. We will start reviewing the applications by October 1, 2014 and remain the call open until a qualified candidate is found. You are welcome to direct your questions to Kirsten Gollatz (


Kirsten Gollatz

Former researcher: The evolving digital society

About HIIG

The HIIG researches the development of the internet from a societal perspective with the aim to better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life.

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