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Student Assistant - Scientific Research / Teaching Support (f/d/m)

We are looking for a student assistant (41h/month) with a scientific research focus / teaching support for our interdisciplinary project ENKIS. The position is limited until November 30, 2025.

Identifier: HCC2022-SHK-23
Application deadline:
October 10, 2022

Official job announcement (in German)

The Human-Centered Computing Research Group (HCC) represents an interdisciplinary team in the field of collaborative computing and human-machine interaction. The focus is to advance research and design of socially responsible technologies by analyzing the intertwining of data, algorithms, and social context to enable sustainable human-machine collaboration. The current focus is on machine learning technologies related to issues of privacy, reflection, and explanation through interactive and conversational user interfaces. We understand these technologies as socio-technical systems that are situated in specific contexts of use. This is also the basis for our methodological approach to system design, which is based on critical practice.

Field of Activit

Are you a student in computer science or a related field and are interested in the question of how to develop responsible and explainable artificial intelligence?

As a student assistant in the Human-Centered Computing research group, you have the opportunity to do just that by supporting us in our research in the area of Human-Centered Explainable AI. Current research in this area aims, among other things, to provide users of AI technologies with explanations related to data and models used, so that decisions and predictions can be understood. Together with us, you will address the question of how these systems can be constructed based on human needs and adapted to the individual context so that they are interpretable. You will be involved with both explanations of these systems and the evaluation of these explanations.

You primarily support the implementation of the research project ENKIS and work closely with the team of the HCC research group. In this research project, we are concerned with establishing sustainable AI-related study programs for responsible artificial intelligence. You will support us in teaching students a human-centered approach during the integration of AI in products and systems. In particular, you will support us in the preparation and delivery of the Human-Centered Data Science course.

Your responsibilities:

  • Assist in the design, development, and evaluation of responsible and explainable AI systems
  • Support with research tasks (research, documentation)
  • Support the exercise sessions
  • Assist in the preparation of course materials, especially preparation of programming assignments and sample implementations
  • Support for the experimental set-up of a crowdsourcing experiment

Your Skills:

  • Studies in computer science or a related field (business informatics, media informatics, data science, human factors / human-machine interaction, bioinformatics, psychology)
  • Experience in using Git and Jupyter notebooks
  • Basic knowledge of Data Science and libraries (e.g. Tensorflow, PyTorch, Keras, Pandas)
  • Good written and spoken German and English language skills (both B2)
  • Independent and reliable way of working as well as distinct willingness to learn

Knowledge of current Explanation Methods (e.g. LIME, SHAP) would also be an advantage.

Our values:

  • We are committed to open source software, open science, and free access to knowledge
  • We offer an open, interdisciplinary, and dynamic working environment where all people with different backgrounds and experiences are welcome
  • Regular team exchange and promotion of your individual qualities and skills

Please send your application (letter of motivation, CV, references, (if available) GitHub profile) addressed to Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn in PDF format (preferably as one document) under the identification HCC2022-SHK-23 via email to: hcc@mi.fu-berlin.de

Processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

By submitting an electronic application you are agreeing to all files being edited and stored. We give explicit notice that by not using encryption for sending in your application electronically, the Freie Universität Berlin cannot guarantee or be accountable for the security of any private information.

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik
Institut für Informatik
Forschungsgruppe Human-Centered Computing
Frau Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn
Königin-Luise-Str. 24/26
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)


  • Disabled persons will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications.
  • Freie Universität Berlin expressly encourages women to apply.
  • Applications from people with a migration background are expressly welcome.
  • Unfortunately, Freie Universität Berlin cannot cover the costs of interviews.
  • Application documents will not be returned. Please submit copies of your documents only.