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KWI International Fellowships

4 fellowships for the duration of 6 months from 1st of October 2020 until 31st of March 2021

The KWI fellowship program addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support and offers a library service, event and research management as well as support in all administrative and communicative regards.

We are inviting research fellows with a completed PhD plus one to six years of post-doctoral experience. Fellows will receive a fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly allowance of 4.000 € (pre-tax) meant to cover rent, insurances and living expenses.


  • The fellowship should be devoted to research linked to the programmatic agenda of the KWI. Various project formats are possible: You might devote your time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, to finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. We also welcome plans to establish or substantiate collaborations with the universities of the Ruhr Alliance.
  • We expect fellows to be present at least 4 days a week.
  • Fellows are requested to actively take part in lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at the KWI.
  • Fellows are not expected to teach, but always welcome to inspire our teaching laboratory with new ideas or participate in lecture series and seminars at surrounding universities.
  • Publications deriving from the time of residence should mention the KWI.
  • German is not required.

A detailed call with additional information on the KWI, the academic landscape and the Ruhr Area can be accessed here.

Application: Please note that the application deadline for the first call has expired on March 1st, 2020. Information regarding a second call and the application process will follow here in due time.

Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut / Institute for Advanced Studies
Universitätsallianz Ruhr (UA Ruhr)
Director: Prof. Dr. Julika Griem

Doctoral Position in Qualitative Social Research / Subproject “Social Displays”
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position in the Coordinated Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Digital Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting at May 15th, 2020 or by agreement.

Research Environment: 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. Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, language 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. Further ­information is available at

The open position belongs to the sociological work area of the subproject “Social Displays – On the Accountability of Embodied Digital Technologies in Everyday Life”. The subproject investigates the integration of EDTs such as driverless cars or artificial companions into the social world’s routines of action and cooperation. The hypothesis of the project is that a reliable cooperation of humans and EDTs presumes the human cooperation partners to be informed clearly about the EDTs’ alignment in the situation and the EDTs’ overall accountability. In its empirical approach, the research project therefore aims to analyze different anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, fictional, and purely functional designs used in the development of EDTs to inform human cooperation partners about an EDT’s specific cooperative features and capabilities. The project systematically asks about the communicative constitution of accountability seeking to reconstruct different social types and taxonomies of accountable non-human others.

We offer opportunities

  • for doctoral studies in a highly innovative field of research that encompasses both basic questions of social theory and concrete area studies,
  • to enroll in the CRC’s doctoral program and to participate actively in the CRC’s research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops,
  • to participate in the professorship’s development of new research methods on (interface-)design as well as in the International Graduate College “Visual Sociology”.


  • University degree (Master/Diploma) in Sociology, Media and Communication Science, Design Theory, or a similar background
  • Strong expertise in Qualitative Methods
  • Expertise in Technology Studies, Visual Analysis, or related areas is a plus
  • Openness to deal with both theoretical and empirical problems
  • Reliability and the ability to work in a team
  • 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 tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma thesis (1-2 pages) and an exemplary text (master thesis, term paper, essay, etc.) preferably as a single pdf-file via Email (stating: “CRC1410_D04”) to The closing date for applications is April 15th, 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

Prof. Dr. Michael R. Müller
Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Humanities – Institute for Media Research
Chair of Visual Communication and Sociology of Media,
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 appropriately qualified. Employment will be governed by the provisions of the German law on fixed-term contracts in academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). Information on the collection and processing of personal data is provided at