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Postdoctoral Position “Platform Governance and Copyright” (m/f/d)

02 October 2019

Do you have a social science background? Does your research focus on platform governance? Are copyright and cultural practices of particular interest for you? Had you heard of Article 13 before the mainstream media covered it? Then, we’re looking forward to receiving your application The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) invites applications  – final third-party funding clearance permitting – for the position of a:

Postdoctoral Position “Platform Governance and Copyright” (m/f/d)

The expected start date is 1 January 2020. The successful candidate will work as a post-doctoral researcher (0,75 FTE/30 hours per week, remuneration at TVL 13 or 14, according to qualification, plus support for family, literature, and travel expenses, fixed-term contract for up to 33 months) in the EU H2020 research project “Rethinking Digital Copyright Law for a Culturally Diverse, Accessible, Creative Europe” (National PI: Dr. Christian Katzenbach), and will be part of the research group “The Evolving Digital Society: Concepts, Discourses, Materialities”. The research team at the HIIG will complete – in close collaboration with international partners – a work package that addresses the role of intermediaries and platforms in regulating copyright and re-ordering cultural practices. 

You can expect the following tasks:

  • The successful candidate will develop and implement the empirical case studies (private ordering of platforms; content moderation; upload-filtering; impact on creative practices) in the H2020 project, take responsibility for the operative execution of the project, lead data collection and analysis, and contribute to the dissemination of results.
  • Close collaboration with international project partners from different disciplines (mainly law, humanities, and computer science)
  • Contributions to project management and coordination with the consortium
  • Contributions to research proposals and to the acquisition of third-party funding in order to facilitate the sustainable development of a research agenda on platform governance.
  • The successful candidate is expected to publish in top-rated journals and open-access outlets and to give presentations at national and international conferences.
  • The post-doctoral researcher will guide student assistants and support the directors and the principal investigator.We expect a commitment to outreach and transfer activities that offer both stakeholders and the broader public accessible ways to engage with the project and the research results.There are no teaching obligations attached to this position, but teaching arrangements can be made with Berlin’s universities.

We’re looking for someone with the following profile:

  • A completed PhD or doctoral degree in social science.
  • Research focus on platform governance and/or copyright, contextualised by a thorough engagement with key debates in internet research, proven by a track record of international publications.
  • Academic ambition and curiosity grounded in solid methodological, analytical, and theoretical foundations.
  • The ideal candidate should enjoy working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and in international contexts.
  • Experience with the empirical research methods relevant for the project, such as document and discourse analysis, digital methods, and qualitative interviews.
  • Experience in executing research projects and coordinating team work are desirable, along with advanced communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English is mandatory; an advanced level of German is desirable.

What we can offer you:

  • A responsible position in a major international research project with the leeway to promote and develop an ambitious research agenda that relates to platform governance and copyright.
  • Integration in HIIG’s prolific international and interdisciplinary network.
  • High visibility for the research project and the successful candidate
  • Integration in the institute’s Task Force European Platform Economy
  • An attractive working environment at a dynamic, innovative research institute with flexible working hours and flat hierarchies in the heart of Berlin.

Application process:

Does this profile sound like you? Then we look forward to receiving your application with letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, and relevant certificates. Please include your earliest possible starting date with your application as well as a first sketch outlining the research topics you would like to work on within the framework of the HIIG and the current research agenda. Please submit the documents using the online form below by 28 October 2019. If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Christian Katzenbach (

We look forward to receiving your application!


Christian Katzenbach, Dr.

Head of research programme: The Development of the Digital Society

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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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