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

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

Identifier: HCC2023-SHKFM03
Application deadline: Oct 16, 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, 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.
  • We conduct regular team exchanges and promotion of your individual qualities and skills.

Field of Activity

Are you a student in the field of design and want to get to the bottom of the question of how novel interaction concepts can best be implemented? As a member of our HCC research group, you will have the opportunity to do just that and much more. As part of our research team, you will utilize and contribute your knowledge, skills, and creativity at the human-machine interaction interface. As a student employee, you will work on practical design tasks in the context of participatory and socially-responsible technology design. In doing so, you will work closely with our research staff and distinguish yourself through your self-responsible and dynamic way of working and willingness to learn.

Your responsibilities

  • Support the design of visual solution approaches through user stories and user


  • Support in the design of visual concepts (e.g. wireframes and low-fi

  prototypes) for user interfaces

Your skills (preferred)

  • Basic knowledge of using graphics programs (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud, Sketch,


  • Good written and spoken German and English language skills (B2 level)

Further information

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn (hcc@mi.fu-berlin.de / +49 30 838 75256).

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.