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Prof. Dr. phil. Ruth Müller

Assistant Professorship of Science and Technology Policy (Prof. Müller)

Postal address

Postal:
Augustenstr. 44_46
80333 München

Responsibilities

Vita

Studies of molecular biology with specializations in genetics, cell biology and science & technology studies (STS) at the University of Vienna, Austria (2001-2007). Researcher at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria; research field: gynecological oncology (2001-2005). Researcher and M.Sc. student (2005-2007) as well PhD student (2007-2012) at the Department of Science & Technology Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. Postdoc at the Austrian Institute of International Affairs, Science & Technology Policy Group (2012-2013), and the Research Policy Group, Lund University, Sweden (2013-2015). Visiting scholar at the Science & Justice Research Center, University of California Santa Cruz, U.S. (2010, 2011 & 2014). In February 2015 appointment as Tenure Track Professor for Science & Technology Policy at the Munich Center for Technology in Society, a co-appointment with the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan.

Research Areas

  • Interactions of research policy, institutional values and academic knowledge cultures
  • Norms and practices of academic career development and their epistemic consequences
  • Sociology and epistemology of the life sciences (Current focus: Epigenetics – Understanding the biosocial self)
  • Gender, diversity and feminist technoscience studies

Awards/Fellowships/Scholarships

  • Marie Curie Co-Fund Fellowship, FORTE, Swedish Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (2014)
  • Doc.Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis, University of Vienna, Austria (2012)
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Vienna, Austria (2011)
  • Mobility Research Fellowship of the Austrian Genome Research Program ‘Gen-AU’, Federal Ministry for Science & Research Austria (2010)

Memberships

  • European Association for the Social Studies of Science  [EASST]
  • Science & Justice Working Group, University of California Santa Cruz [http://scijust.ucsc.edu/]
  • STS Austria

Review work & expertises

  • Review work for international scientific journals such as Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, New Genetics & Society (ongoing)
  • Member of the advisory group of the task force on internationalization of science, technology & innovation of the Austrian Federal Government (2012-2013)

Publications (selection)

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • Müller, Ruth (2017) “Crafting a Career in STS: Meaning Making, Assessment and Interdisciplinary Engagement.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 3, 84-91.
  • Kenney, Martha & Müller, Ruth (2016) “Of rats and women: Narratives of motherhood in environmental epigenetics.” BioSocieties 1-24. DOI 10.1057/s41292-016-0002-7
  • Fochler, Maximilian, Felt, Ulrike & Müller, Ruth (2016) “Unsustainable Growth, Hyper-Competition, and Worth in Life Science Research: Narrowing Evaluative Repertoires in Doctoral and Postdoctoral Scientists’ Work and Lives.” Minerva 54 (2) 175-200. DOI 10.1007/s11024-016-9292-y  
  • Müller, Ruth (2014): Racing for What? Anticipation and Acceleration in the Work and Career Practices of Academic Life Science Postdocs [43 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(3), Art. 15, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1403150.
  • Müller, Ruth (2014): Postdoctoral Life Scientists and Supervision Work in the New Corporate University: A Case Study of Changes in the Cultural Norms of Science. Minerva, 52(3), 329-349.
  • Müller, Ruth and Martha Kenney (2014): Agential Conversations. On Interviewing Life Scientists and the Politics of Mundane Research Practices. Science as Culture, online early May 29 2014
  • Pickersgill, Martyn, Niewöhner, Jörg, Martin, Paul, Müller, Ruth and Sarah Cunningham-Burley (2013): Mapping the New Molecular Landscape: Social and Ethical Aspects of Epigenetics. New Genetics & Society 32, 429-447
  • Müller, Ruth (2012): Collaborating in Life Science Research Groups: The Question of Authorship. Higher Education Policy 25, 289–311
  • Felt, Ulrike and Ruth Müller (2011): Tentative (Id)entities: On Technopolitical Cultures and the Experiencing of Genetic Testing. BioSocieties 6, 342-363

Chapters in peer-reviewed anthologies

  • Müller, Ruth and Nina Witjes (2014) Of Red Threads and Green Dragons. Austrian Sociotechnical Imaginaries about STI cooperation with China. In Mayer, M., Carpes M. and R. Knoblich (Eds): International Relations and the Global Politics of Science and Technology, Vol. 2: Perspectives, Cases, and Methods. Berlin: Springer, 47-66
  • Müller, Ruth (2013) “Karriere machen” in den Lebenswissenschaften: Welche Rolle spielt Geschlecht? (Careers in the Life Sciences: Does Gender Matter?). In Binner, K. et al (Eds): Geschlechtergerechtigkeit & Geschlechterwissen in der unternehmerischen Hochschule.(Gender Equality and Gender Knowledge in the entrepreneurial University.) Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 118 – 136

Scientific Commentaries

  • Hanson, Mark and Müller, Ruth (2017) “I Digress. Epigenetic Inheritance and the Responsibility for Health in Society.” The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology 5 (1), 11-12.
  • Rushforth Alex, de Rijcke, Sarah, Beaulieu, Anne, Wouters, Paul & Müller, Ruth, et al. (2015) “The Author Multiple: Reflections on a One Week Lorentz-Workshop on Authorship in Transition.” EASST Review 34(2). 8-12.

Media articles & interviews (selection)

Articles

10/2012
“Life at the bottleneck. Postdocs, career pressures and peer relationships.” Science Careers, online on 26.10.2012

Interviews

In key scientific journals

01/2014
Interview for Science Careers. Focus on "Global State of Young Scientists". Cited in: “An Emerging Global Picture of Early-Career Scientists”, online on 27.01.2014

08/2012
Interview for Nature. Focus:  Postdocs. Comment on the resulats of “Nature’s 2012 Salary and Satisfaction Survey”. Cited in: “Turbulent Times” Nature 488, 30.08.2012, 685-688

In newspapers and magazines

09/2012
Interview for University Affairs Magazine (Canada). Focus: ‘Slow Science’
Cited in “The Slow Science Movement”, online on 05.12.2012