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Postdoctoral Researcher - Digital Governance/Government (f/m/div)

Hertie School - Centre for Digital Governance

Location: Berlin - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 30th April 2020

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s programmes, executive education and doctoral programmes, distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council. 

The Hertie School´s Centre for Digital Governance is looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/div)

on a full-time (40 hours/week) basis.

The contract gives an independent candidate initially three years of postdoctoral funding in any area that complements the research of the Centre staff. It shall commence as of September 1, 2020 (or later in the year).

Your tasks:

  • Your main tasks at the Hertie School will be to further develop your own independent research programme with relevance for the Centre. This includes a clear research focus on digital transformation and topics such as the intersection of policy, information technology, government, and the public; governance/regulation of digital technologies and their providers; information and data control; ethical issues of digital technologies; government transformation (policy making and service delivery) via digital technology
  • This should be an opportunity for establishing a prominent individual research career, whilst at the same time facilitating the establishment and visibility of this new Centre
  • You will also have an opportunity to contribute towards core activities of the Centre for Digital Governance, such as supporting grant-writing activities or helping with the organisation of the Centre´s research colloquium and smaller workshops or events. Teaching and other career development activities are also available. Successful grant applications could lead to a lengthier tenure with the Centre

 Your profile:

  • You will have a strong record of academic research with good ideas for taking your research forward or extending it into the area of digital transformation and digital governance
  • You will have or be very close to having a PhD (or equivalent) in the social sciences or in a related field with a record of publications or other academic contributions
  • You will be self-motivated, yet keen and willing to collaborate with colleagues in the centre, whether in academic discussion or full scale research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in German is useful but not obligatory

 We offer:

A stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasizes excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our school has been certified as a family friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer ( for further information). Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.

 Please submit your application portfolio (a CV, a cover letter describing your research plans and interests, two writing samples, and names and contact information of at least two references) by using the Apply button below. Deadline for full consideration is 30 April 2020.

Please contact Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hammerschmid, Director Centre for Digital Governance and Professor of Public and Financial Management, for further information on the position.

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