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Research Associate (f/d/m) 100% (prae-doc)

We are looking for a new team member for the HCC research group. The contract is limited to 4 years (13 TV-L FU).

Identifier: HCC-TA
Application deadline:
July 29, 2024

We, the Human-Centered Computing Research Group (HCC) at Freie Universität Berlin, aim to contribute to society by addressing evolving technological challenges from a human-centered perspective and exploring meaningful interaction concepts, especially in the area of Human-AI Collaboration. In our interdisciplinary research, we apply empirical approaches from human-centered design to investigate the assumptions and effects of technologies on people. We strive to actively involve people and their perspectives in our research to promote participatory and value-based technology design. We strive for the reproducibility of our research results and make them openly accessible to enable all interested parties to (further) develop solutions for scientific, social, and individual challenges.

Field of Activity

Would you like to work toward strengthening the field of Human-Computer Interaction in the study program of computer science at Freie Universität Berlin?

You can do that as a HCC research group research associate. In addition to your research in the field of Human-AI Collaboration, you will supervise exercises for the courses "Distributed Systems/Web Development", "Human-Computer Interaction", "Data Visualization", and "Human-Centered Data Science" as well as seminars and software projects as part of research-oriented teaching. In these courses, you will be involved in teaching the basic technical approaches to web programming and design with a focus on human-centered design methods.

In addition to research-oriented teaching, your responsibilities will include administrative tasks to realize the continuous development of our teaching offer towards responsible computer science. The position serves your own scientific qualification (doctorate).

Do you have a strong interest in the topics of this position as a research associate, and are you motivated to participate actively in current scientific discourses and translate them into sustainable study programs? Then we look forward to receiving your application.

Our values

  • We support you in realizing your dissertation project within the scope of the position.
  • We promote your further academic training (e.g., by participating in conferences, summer schools, and research seminars) and support you in strengthening your analytical skills and knowledge and expanding your network.
  • We support you in obtaining teaching qualifications (e.g., by participating in the courses offered by the Dahlem Center for Academic Teaching).
  • We are committed to open-source software, open science, and free access to knowledge.
  • We offer an open, interdisciplinary, and dynamic working environment in which all people with different backgrounds and experiences are welcome.
  • We offer a regular team exchange to promote your skills.

Recruitment requirements

Completed University degree in computer science (Diploma / Master or comparable degree) or in a related field.


Knowledge of or interest in the following areas is beneficial:

  • Basics of modern web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), experience with common server technologies such as Node.js (Django, Flask), and web frameworks such as Vue.js or React.
  • Programming skills in Python, including experience with common Python libraries such as NumPy, Pandas, Scikit-Learn, Seaborn, and Matplotlib.

Kenntnisse in oder Interesse an einem oder mehreren der folgenden Bereiche:

  • Human-computer interaction and data visualization
  • Basics of empirical research
  • Basics in UI/UX design and previous knowledge of prototyping tools (Python's Streamlit, Figma)
  • Affinity for reflecting on the social impact of technologies
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Creativity, analytical skills, problem-solving skills, and result-oriented work
  • Very good written and spoken German and English skills.

Further information

Official job announcement (in German)

Applications should be sent electronically by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn by 08.07.2024 in PDF format (preferably as one document), stating the ID (HCC-TA): hcc@mi.fu-berlin.de or by post to

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 expressly welcome.
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