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Research Assistant for the Human-Centered Data Laboratory (f/d/m) part-time

We are looking for a person to establish a "Living Lab" at the HCC for research at the interface between computer science and the humanities and social sciences. The contract is limited to four years.

Remuneration group: 13 TV-L FU
Identifier: WM-HCDataLab

Application deadline: March 23rd, 2020

The HCC.lab stands for an interdisciplinary team in the field of collaborative computing and human-computer interaction. The focus is on Interactive Intelligent Systems: we see ourselves as designers of participative and sustainable technologies that promote human-machine cooperation. Our current research focuses on ideation, data visualization, and human-centered machine learning. Our theory-driven research includes both an empirical and an engineering dimension.

We offer a creative and open environment for the realization of your research interests and will support you sustainably in realizing your academic ambitions (e.g. by participation in conferences, further education). We are committed to open source software, open science and free access to knowledge.

Field of Activity

We are looking for a personality to establish a "Living Lab" at the HCC. The goal is to create a space for research at the interface between computer science and the humanities and social sciences.

In addition to data-driven analysis and, above all, visualization of questions from the humanities and social sciences, the HCC.lab will focus on the design of innovative software solutions in which human and machine intelligence are intertwined. A solid scientific basis for human-centered data science is to be created, on the one hand through sound theory-driven research and evidence-based findings and on the other hand through the use of performative approaches to design. The vision is for the "Living Lab" to function as an interdisciplinary contact point for all areas of the university.

The following tasks, related to research and teaching, are associated with this position

  • Strategic and scientific development and implementation of the scientific concept for a Human-Centered Data Laboratory at the Free University of Berlin
  • Conception and implementation of case studies in the humanities and social sciences and their scientific evaluation for methodological development
  • Implementation and maintenance of a physical contact point for the "Living Lab
  • Networking and communication of the HCC.lab at Freie Universität Berlin and establishment of further research and implementation cooperations
  •  The activity contributes to one's own scientific qualification (opportunity for a doctorate).


  • Degree (Diploma or Master's degree) in cultural studies or related fields.

Technical Expertise

  • Experience in the management and participation of scientific projects.


  • Experience in the support and scientific monitoring of software projects

  • Experience in content and technical conception of data visualizations

  • Experience in planning, conducting and evaluating user studies

  • Interest in scientific work and existing experience in writing scientific texts

  • Above-average willingness for interdisciplinary cooperation

  • Very good written and spoken language skills in German and English

  • High willingness to work independently

  • Ability and willingness to actively participate within the team

  • Creativity, analytical skills, problem-solving competence, and results-oriented work

The Applications (letter of motivation, CV, recommendations) should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn and sent  in PDF format (preferably as one document) stating the identifier (WM-HCDataLab) electronically by e-mail to  hcc@mi.fu-berlin.de or by post to the following address:

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

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