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Student Assistant (f/d/m) 41h/month - Focus: Implementation

We are looking for a student assistant (41h/month). The position is limited until December 31, 2023.

Identifier: HCC2023-SHKFM
Application deadline: Oct 23, 2023 (extended)

The Human-Centered Computing Research Group (HCC) at the Institute of Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin is an interdisciplinary team that engages in research and teaching in the areas of collaborative computing and human-computer interaction (HCI) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn

Technology should complement and support humans in their decision-making, but not replace them. Based on this premise, we explore technologies we understand as sociotechnical systems embedded in specific contexts of use. We, therefore, primarily investigate the interrelationships and entanglements of data, algorithms, people, social context, and environment. Our goal is to contribute to the responsible design and development of value-driven, socially-oriented, and sustainable technology.

Our current focus is on machine learning technologies that we contextualize regarding privacy, reflection, and interpretability. Our theory-driven research includes both an empirical and an engineering dimension. Our methodological approaches are based on human-centered, participatory design.

Part of the research group is the HCC Data Lab, where we open our research methods to other scholars and civil society through interdisciplinary, participatory workshops. 

The HCC research group is committed to open source software, open science and free access to knowledge

Our values

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

Field of Activity

Are you a student in computer science or a related field interested in communicating the latest privacy methods fairly and transparently?

As a student employee in the Human-Centered Computing research group, you can do just that, for example, by supporting us in our research on privacy communication. Current research in this area aims, among other things, at explaining to users the benefits and trade-offs of the latest anonymization methods in order to enable an informed decision to donate data in the first place. To this end, novel interaction concepts are being tested with users from different backgrounds. Among other things, you will support us in this testing and work closely with the team of the HCC research group.

Your responsibilities

  • Assist with research tasks (literature review, research of state-of-the-art approaches)
  • Support in the implementation of interfaces in the form of interactive software prototypes
  • Support in the design, the implementation, and execution of (online) user studies
  • Support in the processing and statistical analysis of collected data from user studies

Your skills (preferred)

  • Basic knowledge of web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • Good German and English language skills
  • Independent and reliable way of working and a pronounced willingness to learn
  • Registered student (immatrikuliert)

Further information

Official job announcement (in German)

Please send your application electronically by e-mail stating the identifier to Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn (including cover letter, curriculum vitae, references, and GitHub profile if applicable) in PDF format (preferably as one document): hcc@mi.fu-berlin.de

Please apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

Freie Universität Berlin

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Institute for Computer Science

Human-Centered Computing Research Group

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn

Königin-Luise-Str. 24/26

14195 Berlin

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  • 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 explicitly welcome.
  • Unfortunately, Freie Universität Berlin cannot cover the costs of interviews.
  • Application documents will not be returned. Please submit copies of your documents only.