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Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/div) - Algorithmic Fairness for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees (AFAR)

Hertie School - Centre for Fundamental Rights

Location: Berlin - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021

The Centre for Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School seek to fill the position of a 
Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/div)
Algorithmic Fairness for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees (AFAR)
on full-time and/or part-time basis (30 - 40 hours/week).

The contract shall commence as of 01 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The total duration of the contract is 42 months, envisaged to run initially for 24 months on full-time (40 h/w) basis, with a further 18 months on part-time (30 h/w) basis. The successful candidate will be based at the Hertie School Berlin as a member of the School’s Centre for Fundamental Rights.

The AFAR research project is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation as part of its "Challenges for Europe" programme. The Researcher will form part of a team based at the Hertie Centre for Fundamental Rights. The project is led by the Principal Investigator (PI), Professor Cathryn Costello. Read more about the project here.

Your tasks:

You will work collaboratively with the PI and other members of the AFAR research group to accomplish the general aims of the AFAR Project as set out in the Project Description (available on request). In particular, you will, working closely with the PI and other members of the AFAR research group, and:

  • Engage in advanced legal and sociolegal research on fairness standards and newtech practices, with a focus on fair procedures across the policy fields of MAG, drawing on EU, ECHR and other applicable standards;
  • Support the development of an online course on Human Rights & Newtech;
  • Develop an Online Caselaw Digest on legal challenges to newtech practices across Europe;
  • Contribute to joint publications on the AFAR themes, in particular on fairness standards and automated decision-making;
  • Develop and deliver, in collaboration with the PI, a workplan for individual research outputs to meet the AFAR aims;
  • Arrange and participate in various AFAR preparatory workshops and dissemination activities of the AFAR project;
  • Participate in and present research at internal and external workshops, conferences, and other events; support the organization of stakeholder and research activities and events; and
  • Actively contribute to the academic life of the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

For details of the essential and desirable qualifications of the candidate sought, see the full call for applications here.

For more information on the Hertie School as an employer, see  

Please submit your application including a CV, a cover letter describing your interest in and qualification for this position, three references (at least two from academics who are familiar with your research), a research proposal and two writing samples (i.e. a chapter of the PhD thesis or other scholarly paper, in total 6,000 – 10,000 words) by using the Apply button below.

The deadline for full consideration is 30 September 2021.

Please contact Cathryn Costello, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights, for further information on the position.

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