Full time


3 years


EG 13 TV-L


01.08.2024or by agreement from April 2025 at the latest

In the Department of Economic Sciences and Media in the Group of Computational Communication Science at the Technische Universität Ilmenau (Germany) is a vacancy for a

research associate (f/m/d)

for advanced training to obtain research skills and academic competences according to Section 2 (1) of the German Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

The research group of Communication Science esp. Computational Communication Science is investigating the use of digital media and its consequences for individuals and society. The group has an increased interdisciplinary focus and employs mainly quantitative research methods from communication and computer sciences (i.e. manual and automated content analysis).

Your tasks

The position includes the following responsibilities:

  • participation in the group’s research and publication activities, and in the development of research proposals
  • Further academic qualification (habilitation), the content of which is oriented towards the research focus of the department
  • attendance of national and international conferences and publications
  • participation in teaching and the supervision of undergraduate and doctoral students in German and English
  • supporting the group in administration and project management tasks

    Your profile

    For being part of the selection process is needed:

    • Diploma (Univ.) or Master and a PhD in communication science or closely related subjects completed with outstanding results
    • Advanced research skills and excellent knowledge of quantitative data analysis (in R or similar applications)
    • Programming skills in R, Python or another programming language
    • Excellent knowledge of computational social science methods
    • Very good knowledge of German and English

    Following competences are desirable:

    • An interest in interdisciplinary work, communication skills and the ability to work in a team

        Please provide evidence of the qualifications required for the job by certificates and references.

        What we offer you:

        • attractive remuneration according to collective agreement (as per TV-L) incl. granting of a special annual payment
        • vacation entitlement of 30 days in the calendar year and additional days off on 24 / 31 December
        • flexible working time model
        • VBL - pension scheme in the public sector

        From individual advancement with a wide range of continuing education opportunities to a variety of health and recreational offerings, you can expect an appreciative working environment at a renowned university at TU Ilmenau. In addition to an attractive, family friendly working hour’s model, you will also benefit from advantages such as the use of the dining halls of the Studiendenwerk Thüringen, as well as participation in several attractive sport offers from the university owned sport centrum.

        The university stands in the fields of technology, mathematics and natural sciences, business and media for teaching and research at the highest level. It attaches particular importance to innovativ teaching and interdisciplinary. It identifies with Humboldt's ideals and pursues the vision of a cosmopolitan campus family. 

        Technische Universität llmenau is holder of the „TOTAL E-Quality“distinction and emphasizes gendered quality.

        Severely disabled applicants with essentially identical professional suitability will be preferentially selected.

        Technische Universität Ilmenau offers flexible working time models.


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