Postdoc Position in STS (Germany) Deadline: Jan.03, 2019

Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) / University of Vienna

Application Deadline

Jan.03, 2018

Program Commencement

March 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

2 Years & 9 months

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Program Details

As part of the joint research project ‘Making Europe through and for its research infrastructures’, the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at Technical University Munich collaborates with the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at University of Vienna to investigate the co-production of European scientific and socio-political integration processes in the context of transnational research infrastructures.

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) is one of the largest STS centers in Europe. MCTS offers an excellent, inspiring, and international research environment at one of Europe’s eminent technical universities. MCTS’ mission is premised on the insight that today’s grand challenges are thoroughly sociotechnical in nature and that excellence in science and engineering requires coequal excellence in addressing associated questions in the social, political, legal, historical, and ethical domain. The MCTS community includes STS researchers from the social sciences, humanities, the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture, and is committed to multi-faceted forms of dialogue across both expert communities and various publics.

Collaborative transnational research infrastructures have formed an important vehicle for, and expression of, European integration and identity since the second half of the twentieth century, unfolding in parallel along scientific, technological, economic, and political lines. Despite being widely considered a success, such scientific inte­gration has not yet extensively been studied in terms of how it incorporates, and contributes to, diverse ideas of an emerging ‘Europe.’ This project will investigate several case studies over sixty years of integration across different disciplines, with empirical work being split between Munich and Vienna. The work of the Munich team will be centered on the European Space Agency (ESA) and Laserlab Europe (or a comparable project under the European Framework Programs). Applications can be submitted for either case study focus (or a mix of both). The selected candidate will be part of an international project team and contribute to the comparative analysis of European scientific integration across cases and will be expected to,

  • Perform qualitative social science research on the scientific activities, history, and politics of ESA and/or Laserlab Europe in relation to questions of European integration and identity.
  • Contribute to the comparative, cross-cutting research agenda of the project.
  • Participate in project organization and administration, including (the organization of) team meetings, project maintenance, project events, workshops, conferences etc.
  • Publish in recognized international journals, including co-authored papers with other senior group members.
  • Supervise Master’s students and PhD candidates.
  • Supporting the work of the ISPP research group on an administrative level.
  • Teach graduate-level courses in STS (optional).
  • Active engagement at MCTS, TUM, and in the national and international STS community.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The applicant must have:

  • Completed/submitted the Ph.D dissertation in Science and Technology Studies (STS), (Qualitative) Policy Studies, Innovation Studies, Sociology, Political Science, History of Science or other field, presuming that you can demonstrate an equivalent level of qualification and subject-specific expertise.
  • Broad knowledge of the topics, theories and methods of STS.
  • A distinct research profile in STS or related fields (e.g. demonstrated through publications or previous teaching) related to the project and the broader ISPP research profile.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Strong inclination to work in a team-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of co-productionist and comparative approaches in STS are a strong advantage.

In addition, the following are desirable:

  • Previous experience with one of the two case studies.
  • Experiences in (co-)supervising student theses.
  • International experience.

Application Process

The applicants are required to submit their applications as a single pdf document, including the following parts (in this order):

  • CV, including a list of publications and presentations.
  • A letter of motivation that describes, among other things, your interest in and qualification for the position.
  • 1-3 writing samples (e.g. a chapter of your PhD thesis, a publication, or a submitted manuscript).
  • The names and contact details of two references, including a brief statement explaining your relationship.
  • Relevant transcripts and certificates.

All queries as well as application materials should be sent to project PI, Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer, at, mentioning “METAFORIS” in the subject line. 

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