Postdoc Position in MCTS at the MCTS (100%, TV-L E13, 3 years)

Postdoc Position in MCTS at the MCTS, Technical University of Munich:

Excellence as Part of Application and Evaluation Practices for Research Funding

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Professorship of Science & Technology Policy (Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller) at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University of Munich (TUM), announces an open position for a postdoctoral researcher in Science & Technology Studies (100%, TV-L E13, 3 years). The position is announced as part of the professorship’s research focus on research evaluation & academic knowledge production and will explore how researchers and peer-reviewers construct excellence in the context of application procedures for high-level research funding.

About us

The research group “Science & Technology Policy” at MCTS explores the interactions between science, society and policy, with i.a. a distinct focus on how research policy practices and institutional norms interact with and shape knowledge production in academia. The group is based at the MCTS, an interdisciplinary research center in Science and Technology Studies (MCTS), and is affiliated with the School of Management and the School of Life Sciences at TUM. The MCTS is a vibrant hub of MCTS research in Germany, which offers a highly stimulating and internationally well-connected work environment for aspiring researchers in MCTS.

About the research focus

Excellence has become a key term of contemporary European science policy, research funding and institutional leadership. However, despite its omnipresence, there is no clear-cut definition of what constitutes scientific excellence. Yet, scientific excellence is regularly operationalized in various practices in everyday academic life, for example during application and evaluation processes for research funding. These practices constitute an
area of academic activity that has to date mostly escaped empirical scholarly investigation. Our research seeks to contribute to filling this gap by using qualitative social science methods to study how academic researchers, in their different roles as applicants, peer reviewers and mentors, define and operationalize excellence as part of application and evaluation practices for research funding.

Your tasks as a researcher

As a postdoc researcher, you will work on the research focus with the group’s P.I., Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller, and other researchers in the group. Your tasks will include empirical research and data analysis, presentation of results at international academic meetings and in international academic journals, contributions to the teaching portfolio of the group and assistance in organizing research-related academic events.

Who can apply?

Applicants should hold a PhD in the MCTS or related social science research fields. A successful candidate will be familiar with MCTS concepts and theories; experienced with qualitative social science research methods; interested in working in an interdisciplinary, collaborative research environment and in engaging with other knowledge cultures; able to work independently and as part of a team; and capable of both rigorous and creative
academic work. English language skills at a high level of quality are essential for the position and for academic life at the MCTS in general. We are looking for inspired and inspiring new talents who want to work in and contribute to an exciting, interdisciplinary MCTS research environment.

Application documents

Your complete application documents will include your academic CV, your academic degree certificates, a substantial letter of motivation (max. 2 pages), 2 writing samples (e.g. thesis chapters, articles, etc.), and names and contact details of 2 references, including a brief statement explaining your relationship to each of the named references.


Please send your complete application as a single pdf document to We will review all applications received up until and
including Wednesday, April 8, 2020. We are committed to raising the number of women and gender-non-binary individuals in
academic research and teaching. Female and gender-non-binary researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.

If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact If you have content-related questions, please contact

Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller
Wissenschafts- und Technologiepolitik
Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS)
School of Management & School of Life Sciences WZW
Technische Universität München

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