Research Assistant

Open position for a Research Assistant (50%) with proficiency in Italian & English in the project “Automating Welfare: Algorithmic Infrastructures for Human Flourishing in Europe” @UniLeipzig; application deadline 24 August 2022



Research Assistant (m/f/d)

Reference number: 203/2022

Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is one of Germany’s largest universities and a leader in research and medical training. With around 30,000 students and more than 5000 members of staff across 14 faculties, it is at the heart of the vibrant and outward-looking city of Leipzig. Leipzig University offers an innovative and international working environment as well as an exciting range of career opportunities in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, infrastructure and administration.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Institute of Communication and Media Studies, Chair of Media and Communication Studies seeks to fill the above position from 1 November 2022 (subject to the release of funds).

The position is advertised in the project “Automating Welfare: Algorithmic Infrastructures for Human Flourishing in Europe”. The three-year project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in collaboration with European project partners, aims at a comparative analysis of the automated allocation of social benefits in different European welfare systems in order to investigate the impact of algorithms and artificial intelligence on the future of European citizens and societies.

About the position

  • Fixed term of 3 years
  • 50 % of a full-time position
  • Planned remuneration: salary group 13 TV-L


  • Scientific collaboration in the project “Automating Welfare: Algorithmic Infrastructures for Human Flourishing in Europe” in the Chanse funding framework "Transformations: Social and cultural dynamics in the digital age" (Project leader: Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold)
  • Personal academic qualification (doctorate)
  • Implementation, documentation and evaluation of ethnographic field research, interviews and document analyses in Italy
  • Implementation, documentation and evaluation of Italian-language workshops with citizens in the field of automation and welfare state.
  • Preparation of the data obtained for further use in the overall project
  • Organization of scientific workshops and events (in Italian and English)
  • Contribution to presentations, lectures and publications (English language)
  • Participation in other activities relevant to the project


  • A completed academic university degree (diploma, master’s degree, state examination) in the field of communication science, media science, social science, sociology, political science, cultural studies or a comparable discipline
  • Very good knowledge in the field of qualitative social research
  • Proficiency in Italian and English (German desirable)
  • Knowledge in the areas of automation, datafication and welfare state/social state is desirable
  • Experience in interdisciplinary work and project experience are desirable
  • Reliable and independent way of working, strong decision-making skills
  • Very good presentation skills
  • Very good teamwork, moderation and communication skills
  • Knowledge of a programming language (e.g., Python) for data analysis or experience in the field of qualitative survey and evaluation methods (ideally with MAXQDA) would be an advantage

What we offer

  • Personal and professional design and development opportunities at the intersection of research practice and policy advice
  • Cooperative working relationships with students and members of the University of Leipzig
  • A modern workplace and attractive working conditions (mobile working)
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Goal-oriented staff development throughout your working life, with opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Pension plan
  • Commuter pass for the MDV network

Please send your application with the usual documents, quoting reference number 203/2022, to Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Dean Prof. Dr. Astrid Lorenz – in person – Beethovenstraße 15, 04197 Leipzig by 24 August 2022. You are also welcome to email your application as a single PDF file to deksozphil(at)  Please note that it is not possible to guarantee confidentiality and rule out unauthorised access by third parties when communicating by unencrypted email. We kindly request that you submit copies only, as we are unable to return application documents. Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

Leipzig University aims to increase the proportion of women in positions of responsibility and therefore expressly invites qualified women to apply. Severely disabled persons – or persons deemed legally equal to them under Book IX of the German Social Code – are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.


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Prof. Dr. Astrid Lorenz

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