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Research Assistant (f/d/m) full-time - in the BUA project "A Digital Research Space for BUA"

We are looking for a new team member for the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) project "A Digital Research Space for BUA". The contract is limited until June 30, 2023.

Renumeration group: 13 TV-L FU
Identifier: BUA-Pilot-WM100-E
Application deadline: May 17th, 2021

The Human-Centered Computing Research Group (HCC) stands for a diverse and interdisciplinary team in the field of collaborative computing and human-computer interaction (HCI). We define ourselves as designers of participatory and responsible technologies with a focus on Interactive Intelligent Systems that foster collaboration between humans and machines. Our current research focuses on privacy, visualization and machine learning. In this context, our knowledge-driven research includes both an empirical and an engineering dimension. We are highly committed to open source software, open science, and free access to knowledge.

We offer a creative and open environment for the pursuit of research interests and provide sustainable support in achieving academic goals.

Field of Activity

The Berlin University Alliance (BUA) - an alliance of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin - aims to further develop the scientific landscape in Berlin. The project "A Digital Research Space for BUA" is a joint initiative of Technische Universität Berlin (Quality and Usability Lab; Open Distributed Systems Group) and Freie Universität Berlin (Human-Centered Computing Research Group) and is embedded Objective 3 "Advancing Research Quality and Value" and Objective 5 "Sharing Resources" of the BUA.

The aim of this BUA project is to develop an open science platform for research data. The aim is to achieve greater visibility and improved discoverability of open research data across the disciplines and universities involved in the BUA. Furthermore, it is intended to promote the subsequent use of open research data.

The focus of the position located at the HCC research group is to collect and systematize the requirements of different stakeholders at the BUA. These will be supplemented by the collection of requirements of future users of the research space in participatory workshops. Based on this, the design of a state of the art and target group-oriented interface for the search, exploration and analysis of open research data will be iterated. The realized low-fi prototypes will be evaluated and refined with users after implementation. The design process of the web-based prototypes will be guided by participatory methods applied during the iterative and incremental development process. The design and implementation of the prototypes should likewise incorporate current developments and insights from visualization research and practice.


University degree (M.Sc., M.A., Diplom or equivalent) in the field of computer science (preferably with a focus on HCI), interaction or interface design or a related discipline


  • Experience in the field of human-computer interaction as well as in the implementation and evaluation of workshops
  • Experience in the design and conception of explorative user interfaces and data visualizations
  • Solid knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects), Sketch, InVision or comparable programs
  • Experience in front-end development (HTML, CSS, JS)
  • Creativity, analytical skills, problem-solving competence and result-oriented work
  • Very good written and spoken German and English skills (level B2)
  • Above-average willingness to work independently and in interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Ability to work in a team and willingness to actively contribute within the HCC team
  • Interest in scientific work and experience in writing scientific texts is desirable

All applications (including cover letter, curriculum vitae, references, and a portfolio with current work samples as well as illustrated design processes) quoting the reference code should be directed preferably electronically in one PDF-file to: Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn: hcc@mi.fu-berlin.de.

On the given occasion and for the duration of the essential on-site operations by Freie Universität Berlin, we kindly ask you to apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

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

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