The newly founded Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems (IRIS) and the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS) at the University of Stuttgart are advertising the position of a
Junior Research Group Leader.
The focus of the new Junior Research Group will be on reflecting on societal impacts of intelligent systems in the broadest sense.
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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 as well as in emerging fields. Its new Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems (IRIS) aims to start a process of critical reflection on the foundations, mechanisms, implications, and effects of intelligent systems in research, teaching, and society as a whole (https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en/university/news/press-release/Engaging-in-critical-reflection-on-intelligent-systems).
IRIS is inviting an excellent and experienced early career researcher to apply for a 4-year Junior Research Group Leader position to complement and expand our research activities. The focus of the new Junior Research Group will be on reflecting on societal impacts of intelligent systems in the broadest sense. Research can be on one of the following topics, however, it should not be limited to simply making intelligent systems more “acceptable” in society.
Ethical and societal challenges of intelligent systems
Risks and benefits of automated decision-making in various fields of application
Participative/ constructive technology assessment (p/cTA)
Scenarios analysing contexts and preconditions of the implementation of intelligent systems in society
Prerequisites for a socially desirable use of learning systems and autonomous decision support or decision-making
Responsible forms of Human-Computer-Interactions
Socioecological impacts of digitization
Limits and critical aspects of datafication, artificial intelligence, learning systems, and smartification
Data economy, assetization, and business models
We invite applications from all fields, but we expect a strong competence in bringing societal perspectives into the interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary reflection on intelligent systems. The University of Stuttgart particularly encourages women as well as others whose background and experience enrich the culture of the university to apply.
Completed doctoral degree doctorate no longer than 5 years ago and excellent degree
Strong academic record including publications in peer-reviewed journals, invited lectures and conference presentations
What we offer
The Junior Research Group Leader position at the University of Stuttgart offers high-potential researchers an exceptional opportunity to build up their own research team and sharpen their research profile. The successful candidate will lead a new Research Group within IRIS. The establishment of a competitive research program and the proactive collaboration with IRIS partners at the University of Stuttgart are already in place. To support the development, the Research Group will initially be funded for up to four years, including the Group Leader position (TV-L E14), funds for a PhD (TV-L E13), as well as startup and annual budgets. The Research Group will be embedded in the University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS) and will benefit from its support as well as further support structures offered by the Graduate Academy of the University of Stuttgart and IRIS. The start date is as soon as possible but can be adjusted to suit the availability of the successful candidates.
Please submit your application in a single PDF file (up to 10 MB) to
The closing date for applications is 30.6.2021.
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Inquiries should be sent to
André Bächtiger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Cordula Kropp (email@example.com)