Post-Doktorand*in (m/w/d) mit technischer Perspektive | HIIG

Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) with technical expertise and experience

16 June 2020

You are a young expert in the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI)? You are not only interested in technical aspects but also in the societal implications of AI? You want to explore how AI can be developed and used in a way that is oriented towards the common good? If you are interested in becoming part of a new interdisciplinary research team and in designing the AI & Society Lab with us, then join us!

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is looking for a

Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) with technical expertise and experience
(e.g. in computer science, applied statistics or data science)

for scientific and strategic cooperation (100%, depending on the qualification according to TVL 13 or 14, plus family, literature and travel support, limited until September 2024).  Corresponding to the funding requirements, women will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications. The research group consisting of 5 people (2 PostDocs & 3 PhD students) is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is part of the newly founded AI & Society Lab at HIIG. The interdisciplinary cooperation of the group, practical work with civil society organizations as well as the transfer of knowledge and exchange with the public are central pillars of the overall project. Most of the work – apart from traveling for fieldwork, conferences, and meetings – will take place on-site at our HIIG office in Berlin.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development of the research project “Public Interest AI” in close cooperation with the research group manager
  • Strategic and conceptual collaboration in the establishment of the AI & Society Lab and its long-term development
  • Independent and collaborative research and publications on Public Interest AI from a technical perspective
  • Development of an interdisciplinary and application-oriented public interest concept in close cooperation with the research group manager
  • Development of interdisciplinary research, as well as workshop formats for expert workshops and formats for knowledge transfer

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

  • Eligible candidates will have an outstanding university degree (in a technical and thematically relevant field, e.g. computer science, applied statistics, data science), preferably with a relevant doctorate/ PhD
  • Proven practical experience in the design and implementation of Machine Learning/Deep Learning projects or in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and the ability to identify and use points of contact with other disciplines
  • Ideally, professional experience in academia or in the private sector, at best with contacts to relevant network partners
  • Strategic thinking and organisational talent
  • Independence, creative will, sense of responsibility, motivation and teamwork
  • Business fluent knowledge of German and English is mandatory

Resources & Benefits

  • The development and establishment of a new research project with room for your own ideas in cooperation with the project lead and in close cooperation with the research directorate in a recognized, innovative research institute
  • Support in the establishment and strategic development of the recently founded AI & Society Lab
  • Excellent position to prominently position your own research, develop your own initiatives and influence ongoing debates on AI with your expertise
  • The opportunity to become part of a research group that explicitly supports the qualification and promotion of women in AI research
  • An attractive and family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours, flat hierarchies in an embodied alternative to the traditional science business
  • A highly motivated team that works very closely together and committed colleagues from various disciplines in a forward-looking institute in the heart of Berlin

Application Instructions

Do you recognize yourself in the profile described? Then we are looking forward to receiving your application with a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates and details of the earliest possible starting date.

Ideally, you should also include relevant work samples. For example,  you are welcome to send us a link to a code repository that documents previous projects you have worked on. Please submit the documents using the online form below. The review of applications will start on July 15, 2020 and the call for applications will remain open until a suitable applicant is found. The careful screening and selection of our new team members is very important to us and we ask for your patience that we will conduct several interviews during the process. If you have any questions regarding the content of the job advertisement, please contact Carina Breschke ( 

Interested in this position but you have questions? Join this Zoom Call on Thursday, October 8 2020, 3 pm to learn more about this research group and ask the research group leader Dr. Theresa Züger directly.

We are looking very forward to your application!


Carina Breschke

HRM and Programmes

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