For the project ‘Evolving Internet Interfaces: Content Control and Privacy Protection’ within the Deutsche Foschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) research group on ‘Overlapping Spheres of Authority and Interface Conflicts in the Global Order’ (, the Hertie School is looking to hire:

2 Research Associates (m/f)
26 hours/week

The contract duration is 36 months. The envisaged start date is 1 June 2017. Salary is in accordance with TV-L Berlin.

The interdisciplinary research group, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), focuses on the rise of interface conflicts within and across overlapping spheres of authority. Within this research group, the project on Evolving Internet Interfaces, directed by Prof. Markus Jachtenfuchs, analyzes conflicts between spheres of authority in transnational internet governance. It focusses on conflicts between public and private authority as well as on conflicts between national and international/transnational spheres.

The project will analyze the evolution of these interface conflicts over time, the normative justifications employed and the outcomes of those conflicts in the fields of content control and privacy protection. The positions are for these two empirical fields. The successful applicants will be given the opportunity to be integrated into the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies and obtain her/his PhD degree.

Your tasks:

  • analysis of interface conflicts in content control or privacy protection (please indicate your preference)
  • contribution to the theoretical and empirical development of the project
  • participation in joint publications
  • presentation of project results at workshops and conferences

Your profile:

  • very good knowledge of theories of international relations and international institutions
  • very good knowledge of political science methodology
  • very good MA or equivalent degree in policitcal science or international relations
  • knowledge of international law is a plus
  • excellent English language skills

About us:
The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-oriented approach to the School’s teaching and research agenda. The Hertie School is an international centre, with a variety of first-rate academic projects and a diverse student body. The School actively engages in public debate with its wide range of events bringing together experts from theory and practice. The School was founded in 2003 as a project of the Hertie Foundation, which remains the major partner.

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 small and 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. If in the interests of the Hertie School and the candidate, teaching in the School’s graduate programmes may be possible.

To apply:
Please send your complete application including a motivation letter with reference to the theme of the project, a CV, copies of relevant certificates and names of two potential references. The materials should be e-mailed as one pdf file using the headline “Internet Interfaces” to

The deadline for full consideration is 6 March 2017. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Prof. Markus Jachtenfuchs at

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.