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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Faculty I - Institut für Berufliche Bildung und Arbeitslehre / Fachgebiet Sozial-ökologische Transformation

Research assistant - 0.8 working time (reduction possible) - salary grade E 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

under the reserve that funds are granted

The Department of “Social Transformation and Sustainable Digitalization” conducts applied research for policy advice and public agenda setting, currently especially on the opportunities and risks of digitalization for deep sustainability transitions. In addition to empirical research (system and analysis knowledge), we develop solutions to shape and govern digitalization in a sustainable way (transformative knowledge). We conduct public conferences and engage in active networking to connect science with other societal stakeholders, particularly civil society and politics. For more information, see www.transformation.tu-berlin.de and www.nachhaltige-digitalisierung.de

The open position will mainly work for the project Green Consumption Assistant (GCA) project. Together with the partners Ecosia and the Chair of Machine Learning at Beuth University of Applied Sciences, we are developing a shopping assistance for sustainable consumption. The GCA will display sustainability implications of consumer decisions in real time when searching for products on the internet, inform about alternatives and provide active links to enable direct purchase of sustainable products and services. The GCA is developed iteratively and agile based on the sustainability knowledge of our department and with the AI know-how of Beuth University at Ecosia, is already implemented during the project duration, and is continuously optimized based on our behavioral science analyses. The project is funded as a "Lighthouse for Artificial Intelligence for the Environment, Climate, Nature and Resources" project by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. For more information, see www.green-consumption-assistant.de

Work­ing field:

  • Collaboration in a transdisciplinary research project on digitalization and sustainable consumption
  • Development of sustainability criteria for products and services
  • Identification, acquisition, and validation of datasets on the sustainability of products and services
  • Execution of representative as well as qualitative surveys with users of the Green Consumption Assistant
  • Preparation of brief life cycle assessment on the ecological footprint of selected products and services
  • Implementation of design thinking workshops and focus groups
  • Conceptualization of public events (conferences, workshops)

Require­ments:

  • Successfully completed university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) for instance in economics, social sciences, psychology and behavioral sciences, environmental science or a related field of study
  • Proficiency in academic writing and publications
  • Programming and statistics skills (e.g. R, Python, Stata, SPSS, or similar software)
  • Profound knowledge in sustainable consumption and sustainability assessments
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience in conducting life cycle assessments
  • Experience in agile styles of working and design thinking is advantageous
  • Good command of German and English

Our Offering:
  • A cutting edge research topic on sustainability and artificial intelligence with the potential to significantly impact the way sustainable consumption is practiced online
  • A stimulating working environment on sustainability, user research, and digitalization together with our partners Ecosia and Beuth Hochschule
  • The opportunity for academic profiling
  • A motivated, results-driven and caring team environment

How to ap­ply:

Please send your meaningful application with the reference number and the usual documents (letter of motivation, CV, references and grade certificate) together with an independently written work sample in German or English (e.g. study paper) in max. two PDF documents by email to Prof. Dr. Santarius via sekretariat@transformation.tu-berlin.de.

By submitting your application via email you consent to having your data electronically processed and saved. Please note that we do not provide a guaranty for the protection of your personal data when submitted as unprotected file. Please find our data protection notice acc. DSGVO (General Data Protection Regulation) at the TU staff department homepage: https://www.abt2-t.tu-berlin.de/menue/themen_a_z/datenschutzerklaerung/ or quick access 214041.

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 - Der Präsident - Fakultät I, Institut für Berufliche Bildung und Arbeitslehre, FG Sozial-ökologische Transformation , Prof. Dr. Santarius, Sekr. MAR 1-1, Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin