Post-doc and PhD position with focus Cities at the Munich Center for Technology in Society

Deadline: 6 April 2015 - 12:00am


Where: Munich, Germany

Venue: Technische Universität München

Conveners: Munich Center for Technology in Society

The Munich Center for Technology in Society in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture of the Technische Universität München is seeking early-stage researchers for two positions available immediately with a focus on STS & Cities.

1 post-doc position (100%, 3 years, extendable)

1 PhD position (65%, 3 years, fixed term)

About us

MCTS is a cross-faculty integrative research center focusing on the interface between technology and society. Our research is empirical, interdisciplinary, and reflexive. This involves a dialogue between philosophers, social scientists, architects, engineers and natural scientists in an attempt to explore a mutual understanding and collaboration.

One key area of our research focuses on how science and technology shape urbanization and city life, paying particular attention to current infrastructural transitions, urban and architectural design practices, as well as new forms of public-expert collaboration. Some topics of interest for our research include: smart & green urbanism; building materials and technologies; urban natures, disasters and pollution; urban control centers and algorithmic urbanism; planning and design as epistemic practices; the assemblage of real-estate and housing markets; urban controversies, citizen activism and experimental collaboration; etc. This area of research is led by Ignacio Farías, assistant professor at MCTS in joint appointment with the Faculty of Architecture.


Your tasks

Post-docs are expected to show a long-term interest and commitment to strengthening this research and teaching area within the MCTS. Your tasks will include: carrying out outstanding research, publishing in key journals, organizing academic events, contributing to the conception and formulation of research grant applications, actively engaging in MCTS activities (such as weekly colloquia, incubators, labs etc.), developing a creative teaching portfolio, tutoring undergraduate students and helping to expand and maintain our international academic networks.

PhD-students are expected to complete an innovative doctoral dissertation within three years time, actively engage in MCTS academic life, gain experience in teaching, organize academic events and support different activities of the research area.


Who can apply?

Applicants for the post-doc position should have a strong background in science and technology studies, completed an outstanding doctoral dissertation, as well as expertise in one of the above-mentioned areas; ideally you should have a record in international publications and teaching experience.

Applicants for the PhD student position should hold a degree in the social sciences, geography, architecture or related areas. Familiarity with science and technology studies, as well as knowledge of theories and methods of the social sciences are also expected.

All applicants should have very good communication skills in English and the ability to work both individually and in teams.

We offer…

…an excellent and inspiring research environment in which early career researchers will refine and consolidate their profile as internationally recognized promising researchers. MCTS offers many forms of dialogue both with the scientific community as well as the general public. Working at MCTS you will gain inside-experience of the academic world and have access to various promising career pathways.

We are committed to raising the number of women in research and teaching. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.



Please send us your complete application as a single pdf document to [email protected]. Application deadline: April 6, 2015.

In addition to usual application documents (letter of motivation, CV, certificates), a complete application will include applicants a brief synopsis of a potential research project (max. 700 words), as well as a writing sample, such as an article (not necessarily published) or a chapter of MA or PhD thesis.

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