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Independent Research Group Leader (f/m/d)

Published 2022-09-22

The University of Stuttgart is searching for an Independent Research Group Leader (f/m/d) (TV-L E14, 100 %) in the new, shared project “Reflecting Intelligent Systems for Diversity, Demography, and Democracy (IRIS3D)” funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg ( Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg). We encourage early career researchers with a Ph.D./Dr. in any academic discipline, humanities, or social, natural, and technical sciences, to apply.

IRIS3D Research Objectives
We invite applications from all academic fields. The independent research group leader is expected to develop and carry out a research program that contributes to reflection on the societal impacts of intelligent systems related to the theme of the project. Examples include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Intelligent systems as empirical tools for the analysis/understanding of diversity, demographics, or democracy (3D)
  • Intelligent systems as the core of applications supporting societal objectives related to diversity, demographics, or democracy (3D)
  • Issues related to the use of intelligent systems in the 3D domains e. g., bias and diversity, need to account for demographic trends, challenges for AI-supported democracy
Disciplinary scientific approaches may range, for example, from the engineering of corresponding intelligent systems, the observation, and analysis of these matters by intelligent systems, or the questioning of social, philosophical, or historical conditions and effects of intelligent systems regarding these matters.

IRIS3D will be embedded in the Cyber Valley ecosystem and the interdisciplinary Stuttgart Research Focus Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems (IRIS). IRIS provides a platform to stimulate critical reflection on the foundations, mechanisms, implications, and effects of intelligent systems in research, teaching, and society. The University of Stuttgart is one of Germany’s leading technically oriented universities with global significance. It promotes the transfer of knowledge and technologies to society in all their profile and competence areas and emerging fields.

What we offer
The Independent Research Group Leader position offers researchers an exceptional opportunity to conduct societally relevant research, sharpen their profile, and start their research group within IRIS. The Research Group Leader will be independent to pursue their research agenda but will be expected to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with IRIS members (e. g. through joint events, workshops etc.). Additionally, the successful candidate will be provided mentorship and support by two experienced professors.

IRIS3D Research Group will be funded until December 2026, including the Group Leader position (TV-L E14, 100 %) as well as funds for a Ph.D. position (TV-L E13, 100 %), student assistants, team assistance, and substantial annual budgets. Additionally, the Research Group Leaders will benefit from the support structures offered by the Graduate Academy of the University of Stuttgart ( GRADUS) and IRIS.

Eligibility criteria

  • Completed doctoral degree doctorate no longer than five years ago
  • Strong academic record, including publications in peer-reviewed journals, invited lectures, and conference presentations
How to apply
Please submit your application using the Application System JoinUS here: https://careers.uni-stuttgart.de/ (Position-ID 803), including the following documents as PDFs:

  • Cover letter including your preferred start date
  • Academic CV including a list of publications and teaching activities (max four pages, upload on JoinUS under Resume )
  • An outline of your research proposal for IRIS3D (max two pages excluding references) and a description of past research activities (upload on JoinUS under Exposee )
  • Scans of transcripts and degree certificates (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D.)
  • Two reference letters
Application deadline: October 17, 2022

Interviews in Stuttgart are tentatively planned for early November 2022.

We envision the contract to start in January 2023. However, this can be adjusted to suit the successful candidate’s availability.

Inquiries should be sent to Steffen Staab (steffen.staab@ipvs.uni-stuttgart.de) or Maria Wirzberger (maria.wirzberger@iris.uni-stuttgart.de).Information on how the University protects personal data by Article 13 of the GDPR can be found via the following link: https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en/privacy-notice/job-application/

Interview and application costs will not be reimbursed.