[WebCultures] Job vacancy: 1 year PhD position at Locating Media (Siegen, Germany), ideal for finishing your doctoral research

Carolin Gerlitz carolin.gerlitz at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 11:19:53 CEST 2020

Dear colleagues and friends,

starting 1 October 20120

one doctoral post in cultural and social studies (media research) (salary category TV-L 13, 65%)
is available at the University of Siegen at the German Research Foundation (DFG) Graduate School, GRK 1769 "Locating Media", for the fixed-term period of one year. Due to the short duration, the position is especially advertised to doctoral candidates who want to finish their research in an interdisciplinary setting focused on digital, mobile media and methods. The duration of the contract complies with the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.

Please see the details below, further info can be found here: http://www.locatingmedia.uni-siegen.de <http://www.locatingmedia.uni-siegen.de/> and here: https://www.uni-siegen.de/uni/stellen/wiss/909043.html? <https://www.uni-siegen.de/uni/stellen/wiss/909043.html?>. Application deadline: 12 August 2020.

Get in touch if you have any question, we are looking forward to hear from you.

Carolin Gerlitz


The University of Siegen is an innovative institution with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary orientation and has about 18,000 students and 2,000 employees, including 1,300 academic positions. There is a broad spectrum of departments, ranging from liberal arts, social sciences, and economics through to natural sciences and engineering, and the University of Siegen provides an outstanding teaching and research environment with numerous inter/transdisciplinary research projects. The University of Siegen offers diverse options for combining professional and family life. For this reason, it has been certified as a family-friendly university since 2006 and provides a dual career service.

Starting on October 1st 2020, 

one doctoral post in cultural and social studies (media research)

(salary category TV-L 13, 65%)


is available at the University of Siegen in the German Research Foundation (DFG) Graduate School, GRK 1769 "Locating Media", for the fixed-term period of one year. The duration of the contract complies with the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.

Locating Media

The Graduate School "Locating Media" was set up in 2012 and has focused on researching historical and current media practices 'in motion' and 'in situ'. The main objective of “Locating Media” is to facilitate a methodological re-orientation of interdisciplinary media research by engaging with locational and situational analyses and the development of new methods for the analysis and design of mobile digital media. In the second phase of funding, the existing expertise in praxeological, philological, historiographical and ethnographic methodologies will be expanded to include digital and mobile methods, to investigate the increased mobility and distributed spatiality of media and data processes.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) Graduate School provides an international environment for inventive and interdisciplinary media research by offering an intensive training programme, joint events with collaboration partners, training in relevant ethnographic, digital and mobile methods and the possibility of field research and research abroad. The research program will be realised in close collaboration with international partners and supporters, such as the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in Melbourne (RMIT), the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam), the Centre for Interdisci­plinary Methodologies (Warwick University), Centre for Science Studies and Mobilities Lab at Lancaster University and other collaborators.

More information on the profile and program can be found here: www.locatingmedia.uni-siegen.de <http://www.locatingmedia.uni-siegen.de/>
Job description:

We expect:

–   independent conceptual design and implementation of a research project in one of the subject areas of Locating Media.

–   participation in the Graduate School events including workshops, international conferences, intensive workshops and summer schools.

–   regular presentation of interim findings of individual research projects during internal events (Research Colloquium, Lecture Series) and conferences.

This is a position for obtaining further academic qualifications (doctorate), for which the ongoing media research in Siegen, for instance the collaborative research centre 1187 "Media of Cooperation", provides a stimulating environment. The opportunity for this is provided within the scope of official duties. There are no teaching obligations as part of this post.

Your profile

−   a relevant postgraduate degree (Magister, Master, or equivalent diploma) in one of the following areas of study: media studies, ethnology, anthropology, geography, history, information science, science of art, cultural studies, literary studies, linguistics, political science, sociology or Science and Technology Studies.

–   outstanding scholarly achievements.

− research project in one of the areas of study listed above (5- to max. 10-page project prospectus including timetable).

–   interest in media research methods as well as an affinity for interdisciplinary research.

–   willingness to participate in the international event programme of the Graduate School.

–    good written and spoken German and English language skills.

The University of Siegen is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with its policy of increasing the proportion of women in this type of employment, the University actively encourages applications from women. The University facilitates a viable combination of professional and family needs.

For candidates with equivalent qualifications, preference will be given to people with physical disabilities.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Tristan Thielmann (Tel.: +49 271/740-4950)

E-Mail: tristan.thielmann at uni-siegen.de <mailto:Tristan.Thielmann at uni-siegen.de>
 Please send application documents (CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, letter of recommendation from a professor concerning the research project, max. 10-page project prospectus, including task schedule) in duplicate by 12.08.2020 with reference number        2020/I/Locating Media/WM/134 to: Prof. Dr. Tristan Thielmann, Universität Siegen, DFG-Graduiertenkolleg „Locating Media“, Herrengarten 3, 57072 Siegen or digital to: tristan.thielmann at uni-siegen.de

Information on the University of Siegen is available online: www.uni-siegen.de <http://www.uni-siegen.de/>.


Prof. Dr. Carolin Gerlitz
Professor Digital Media and Methods

Co-Speaker DFG Graduate School Locating Media <http://www.locatingmedia.uni-siegen.de/en/>
Deputy Speaker DFG CRC Media of Cooperation <https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/en/>

University of Siegen
Room AH 129
Herrengarten 3 
D-57072 Siegen
carolin.gerlitz at uni-siegen.de
https://www.uni-siegen.de/phil/medienwissenschaft/personal/lehrende/gerlitz_carolin/ <https://www.uni-siegen.de/phil/medienwissenschaft/personal/lehrende/gerlitz_carolin/>

Sekretariat: Vera Beer, AR-H 410
sekretariat-ii at medienwissenschaft.uni-siegen.de

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