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Open Research Position

Postdoctoral Researcher in Science Communication (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 100%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting March 1st, 2020. Part-time employment may be possible.

Research Environment and Tasks: Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments ( Interdisciplinary research in the CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs as smoothly as with conspecifics? How to design EDTs to meet these requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

The successful applicant will be responsible for organizing, managing, and analyzing the public relations and science communication activities of the CRC. The position takes care of the day-to-day publication, outreach and engagement operations. The position employs a scientific perspective toward examining the public engagement with science that is fostered within the CRC.

Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. Working in this position, you promote your scientific qualification.


  • PhD/doctoral degree in communication research, media studies, sociology, science and technology studies, linguistics, cultural studies, or a similar background
  • Expertise in science communication
  • Expertise/s in science and technology studies, interdisciplinary research, and/or social robotics is/are a plus
  • Skills concerning the communication of science and the public engagement with science
  • The candidate shall have a strong interest in the interdisciplinary work of the CRC, the study of human-machine interaction, and the active participation with stakeholder groups and the public
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

Application procedure:

Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, and a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma, and PhD theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_Ö”) to . The closing date for applications is January 15th 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.


Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Humanities – Institute for Media Research
Professorship of Communication and Media Studies
Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold
09107 Chemnitz

Chemnitz University of Technology is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity. To increase the number of women working in science and teaching, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if equally qualified.

Employment will be governed by the provisions of the German law on fixed-term contracts in academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

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