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Posted on July 29, 2022

Research Associate (Postdoc) Ethics in Information Technologies

Institution Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Informatics, Research Group on Ethics in Information Technologies

Salary level EGR. 13 TV-L

Start date 01 October 2022, fixed for a period of three years (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).The contract provides for a maximum extension of up to three years depending on the associate’s achievements during the first stage. Providing that a position is available and that requirements have been fulfilled, the associate may apply for temporary civil servant status in accordance with Section 28 subsection 2 HmbHG.

Application deadline 14.08.2022

Scope of work full-time position suitable for part-time


Duties include teaching and research in the respective department or institute. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications as well as acquire teaching experience. These duties are intended to promote academic achievement. Therefore, at least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the associate’s own academic work.

Specific Duties

In the working group “Ethics in Information Technology” we deal with epistemological, ethical, political, and social preconditions and implications of digital technologies, with a special focus on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. We cooperate intensively with colleagues from computer science, participate in the development of new technologies, and contribute to the public and political discourse around digitization. Your tasks will consist of basic research in the above-mentioned topic area, but also participation in interdisciplinary research with colleagues from the Department of Informatics. Another component of your tasks is teaching at the interface between philosophy and computer science (4 LVS). We also expect a lively participation in the professional and public discourse on philosophical issues in the context of digital technologies.


A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate.

As this is a Postdoctoral position, you are expected to have completed your Ph.D. in a relevant field (or be very close to doing so) by the stated start date. We are looking for an empirically interested researcher from philosophy or a philosophically interested researcher from a related discipline such as science and technology studies. You should have research experience in one or more of the following areas: Ethics, esp. computer, data and research ethics; (social) epistemology & philosophy of science, esp. with regard to information technologies; philosophy of computers and technology; value-sensitive design. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the group, you should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, especially with colleagues from computer science. Previous experience in this area is an advantage. Further required skills include: great self-motivation, a sense of individual responsibility, the ability to work both independently and in a team, as well as strong organizational, communicative and social skills. Knowledge of research ethics and experience in ethics committees are helpful – a willingness to work in this area is required. We ask you to include 1-2 selected articles and your Doctoral dissertation with your application in addition to the usual documents and supporting evidence (CV, academic certificates, etc.).

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much more
  • Health management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

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