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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Faculty I - Institute of History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Literature

Research assistant - PostDoc in digital humanities - salary grade E 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

part-time employment may be possible

Working field:

The project “Network epistemology in practice (NEPI)”, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through a Consolidator Grant to Adrian Wüthrich (Technische Universität Berlin), is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher in history and philosophy of science with special expertise in computational methods and digital humanities. The project will analyze the recent and ongoing digital communication inside a major collaboration in the field of particle physics. The main objective is to understand how knowledge is generated in large scientific collaborations. The project will primarily use methods from network analysis and machine learning to identify relevant communication structures and attempt to track the flow of ideas through the communication network.

The main tasks of the position include:
  • collect, archive and analyze digital communication such as messages sent over internal mailing lists of the particle physics collaboration
  • development of an appropriate data model to represent communication in a way that is suitable for historical and epistemological analysis
  • application and further development of established methods from the fields of network analysis and text mining
  • publications in major journals of the relevant fields
  • represent NEPI at national and international conferences
  • contribute to NEPI’s outreach activities


  • PhD in digital humanities, history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science or related fields or provide evidence that such a degree will be obtained by the commencement of employment
  • an additional degree in physics, in particular high energy physics, is desirable but not mandatory
  • interest and/or experience in applying computational methods to research questions in the history and philosophy of science
  • ability to work without much supervision but also to integrate well in a small research team
  • ability to bring their expertise into the team and thus contribute to reach the overarching objectives of NEPI
  • solid knowledge of Python, R or another current programming language and be familiar with common tools in the digital humanities (version control, databases, markup languages, data visualization, natural language processing, etc.)
  • proficiency in English (written and oral)
  • particular experience with machine learning methods is an advantage
  • other language skills, such as a good command of German or French, may be helpful but are not mandatory

How to apply:

To apply, please submit the following documents:
1. Cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability for the position (max. 2 pages)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Two scientific articles published or not, or a chapter of your thesis, that best represents the quality of your work and/or the suitability of your expertise for the advertised position. The texts should be in English.
4. The names of 2-3 referees whom the selection committee may contact to obtain further information about your previous work.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed ca. 2-4 weeks after the call closes either on site (preferred) or online.

Please send your application with the reference number and the required documents in a single pdf file of max. 3 MB via email to If you need to send a larger file, please use the same email address to request a secret link at least one working day before the deadline to upload the file to the cloud service of TU Berlin.

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To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Technische Universität Berlin - Die Präsidentin - , Fakultät I, Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- & Technikgeschichte, Dr. Adrian Wüthrich, Sekr. H 23, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin