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Wei­zen­baum-Insti­tut e.V.

The Wei­zen­baum Insti­tute con­ducts inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and basic rese­arch on the trans­form­a­tion of soci­ety through digit­al­isa­tion, devel­op­ing pos­sible approa­ches and stra­te­gies for poli­cy­makers, busi­nes­ses, and civil soci­ety. The insti­tute’s aim is to bet­ter under­stand the dynam­ics, mech­an­isms, and implic­a­tions of digit­al­isa­tion. To this end, the Wei­zen­baum Insti­tute exam­ines the eth­ical, legal, eco­nomic, and polit­ical aspects of the digi­tal trans­form­a­tion. Its guid­ing val­ues com­prise self-determ­in­a­tion and sus­tain­ab­il­ity in the digi­tal soci­ety. The Wei­zen­baum Insti­tute is fun­ded by the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Rese­arch.

Stu­dent Assist­ant in Plat­form Algorithms and Digital Pro­pa­ganda
(Com­pu­ta­tional Ana­lysis)

The Wei­zen­baum Insti­tute is look­ing for a stu­dent assist­ant for a 19 hours/week pos­i­tion, start­ing as soon as pos­sible.

Working field:

Would you like to research new forms of pro­pa­ganda in the Digital Age? Are you inter­ested in online con­tent, social media, and search engines? Would you like to develop research skills that will help you in your career? Join us as a research assist­ant in the newly estab­lished research group “Plat­form Algorithms and Digital Pro­pa­ganda” at Weizen­baum Insti­tute under the super­vi­sion of Dr. Eliza­veta Kuznet­sova.

Job con­tent:

The research group “Plat­form Algorithms and Digital Pro­pa­ganda” invest­ig­ates the ‘inform­a­tion eco­sys­tem’ on search engines and social media plat­forms to under­stand how algorithmic sys­tems are designed and how the audi­ence per­ceives them. We ana­lyse the organ­isa­tion of inform­a­tion fil­ter­ing algorithms and their rela­tion­ship with dis­rupt­ive influ­ence, such as Rus­sian online pro­pa­ganda. Moreover, we study how plat­forms recon­cile mar­ket-driven algorithmic organ­isa­tion with their role as de-facto gate­keep­ers of inform­a­tion and the social respons­ib­il­ity this entails.

The work of the research group is struc­tured around the three ele­ments of the inform­a­tion eco­sys­tem: the online con­tent, plat­forms’ algorithms, and online audi­ences. To ana­lyse these ele­ments, we employ a mixed-method research design that com­bines qual­it­at­ive and quant­it­at­ive con­tent ana­lysis, agent-based algorithmic audit­ing, and qual­it­at­ive inter­views.

Your Tasks:

  • Par­ti­cip­a­tion in the reg­u­lar meet­ings of the team;
  • Con­trib­ute to the work of vari­ous pro­jects in the research group in the form of research tasks (com­pu­ta­tional ana­lysis, cod­ing in Python and/or R, quant­it­at­ive ana­lysis in Excel, lan­guage pro­cessing, data visu­al­iz­a­tion);
  • Par­ti­cip­ate in and con­trib­ute to the organ­iz­a­tion of research activ­it­ies and events at the Weizen­baum Insti­tute, such as work­shops and col­loquia;


  • Enrol­ment on an MA or equi­val­ent course of study in Com­puter Sci­ence or related dis­cip­lines (e.g., Data Sci­ence, Com­pu­ta­tional Social Sci­ence, Media and Com­mu­nic­a­tion Sci­ence or other dis­cip­lines).
  • Rel­ev­ant the­or­et­ical and/or applied under­stand­ing of media and polit­ics, social media, and pro­pa­ganda;
  • Affin­ity and/or desire to learn digital research meth­ods, for example, algorithmic audit­ing, social media ana­lysis, net­work ana­lysis, nat­ural lan­guage pro­cessing, etc.
  • Excel­lent oral and writ­ing skills in Eng­lish;
  • Com­pu­ta­tional skills or an interest in acquir­ing them would be an advant­age;
  • Affin­ity for work­ing in a group set­ting and col­lab­or­at­ing effect­ively.

What we offer:

  • The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be offe­red an ini­tial con­tract over three years (until Sep­tem­ber 2025); an exten­sion is pos­sible depend­ing on a pos­it­ive fund­ing appro­val and eval­u­ation of Wei­zen­baum Insti­tute;
  • Remu­ner­a­tion based on TV Stud III (Ger­man civil ser­vice pay scale)
  • Health care sche­mes
  • Flex­ible work­ing hours and the pos­sib­il­ity of work­ing remo­tely;
  • The oppor­tun­ity to act­ively shape the work of one of Ger­many’s lead­ing digit­al­iz­a­tion rese­arch insti­tu­tions;

How to apply:

  • Cover let­ter, describ­ing your research interests, skills, and your fit to the research group;
  • CV;
  • Com­plete record of your courses, includ­ing grades and an explan­a­tion of the grad­ing sys­tem;
  • The names and con­tact inform­a­tion of at least two aca­demic ref­er­ences (please do not include the let­ters them­selves);
  • A link to/ a copy of a writ­ten work product. Examples: thesis, course pro­ject, blog post, or pro­gram­ming example, etc.

For ques­tions about the group, please reach out to the research group leader Dr. Eliza­veta Kuznet­sova Pre-applic­a­tion inquir­ies are expli­citly encour­aged.

Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion by Decem­ber 15th, 2022, via our applic­ant portal (link attached). If you have any tech­nical ques­tions about the applic­a­tion pro­cess, please feel free to con­tact Maite from our HR depart­ment at any time.

We look for­ward to receiv­ing your doc­u­ments.