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Research Associate (100%), Media Studies, CRC "Transformations of the Popular"

Bereich: Fakultät I - Philosophische Fakultät  | Stellenumfang: Vollzeit  | Beschäftigungsdauer: befristet  | Ausschreibungs-ID: 822



The University of Siegen is a modern university with an international orientation and a focus on interdisciplinary research. It currently has around 18,000 students and covers a range of research fields from the humanities, social and economic sciences to natural sciences, engineering and life sciences. With over 2,000 employees, the university is one of the largest employers in the region and offers a unique environment for teaching, study, research and knowledge transfer.

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In Faculty I – Faculty of Philosophy, Media Studies, the German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) »Transformations of the Popular« is looking for a doctoral research associate at the earliest possible date under the following conditions:

  • 100% = 39,83 hours
  • Salary category 13  TV-L
  • fixed-term period until  31.12.2024

The CRC is an interdisciplinary research network consisting of 18 projects and more than 60 scientists from the fields of literature studies, media studies, linguistics, history, music, education, social sciences, art history as well as theology and business administration, collaborating with national and international cooperation partners  for a period of four years. The CRC will be funded by the DFG from January, 1st 2021. The CRC deals with interrelated, interdisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of the epochal erosion of the culturally dominant high/lowaxiology in the course of the development of quantifying methods of measuring attention and its popularisation. The CRC is divided into three areas of research „pop“, „popularisation“ and „populisms“.

Further information on the CRC’s research agenda and subprojects can be found at


This subproject aims to provide a history of online commenting technologies and practices. Using computational methods for web archive analysis and interviews with web professionals the project examines three popularisation dynamics in a history of online commenting: 1.) the automation of text production, quantitative rankings, and community management, 2.) the aestheticization of quantities, activities, and text-paratext-relations and 3.) the platformisation of commenting systems and their emerging ›oligopolies of attention‹.

Your tasks:

  • The conception and implementation of the research project of the CRC's sub-project »Historical Technography of Online Commentary« as part of the team. The project deals with a history of popularization of online commenting on the German, Dutch and English-language web after 1993
  • The conception and development of digital research methods for web history
  • Cooperation with the Internet Archive for retrieving and analysing data
  • Regular presentation of interim results of the sub-project within the CRC as well as at relevant international conferences 
  • Publication of research results in relevant international journals 
  • The organization of international conferences, workshops and data sprints 
  • Continuous participation in the event program of the CRC (colloquia, workshops, confe­ren­ces, working groups, research workshops, etc.) 

Your profile:

  • An above-average university degree (Diploma, Master or similar) in a related field, including but not limited to programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Computational Sciences
  • An affinity with the areas of internet studies, software studies, web history, digital methods, and media history
  • An enthusiastic researcher who is able to work interdisciplinary and able to translate research questions and objectives across different domains. S/he should be able to work in close relation with a data scientist/scientific programmer to contribute to the development of new digital methodologies for researching web history
  • Capacity to work in multi-disciplinary teams of media scholars, information designers, and programmers
  • Familiarity with software for data analysis and data visualisation 
  • Programming skills would be desirable
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

We offer:

  • This position aims to promote the candidate’s scientific or artistic qualification (according to the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contracts; Wissenschaftszeitvertrags­gesetz), for which the ongoing media research in Siegen together with the Collaborative Research Centre 1187 »Media of Cooperation« and the GRK 1769 »Locating Media« offers an enabling environment. 
  • Responsibility for a field with great creative potential
  • An agile environment that supports engagement with innovative educational work
  • The opportunity to make a visible contribution towards modern accounts of leadership, cooperation and diversity culture
  • Numerous offers such as flexible working hours, company pension scheme, dual career service, coaching/mentoring and a comprehensive personnel development program


We look forward to receiving your application 28.01.2021 .

Please apply exclusively via our application portal: Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications in paper form or by e-mail.


Dr. Johannes Paßmann

+49 (0) 271-740 5225


Ass. Prof. Dr. Anne Helmond

The University of Siegen is an equal opportunity employer. The call for applications is explicitly aimed at people of all genders (m/f/d); applications from women are given preference in accordance with the North Rhine-Westphalian Equal Opportunities Act (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz). We also welcome applications from people with different personal, social and cultural backgrounds, people with severe disabilities and people of equal status.