Now accepting applications for Ph.D. or Postdoc positions (f/m/d)

December 22, 2021 / SRF IRIS

The University of Stuttgart invites applications for Ph.D. or Postdoc positions (f/m/d, TV-L 13, up to 100%) for the Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems.
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The University of Stuttgart invites applications for

Ph.D. or Postdoc positions (f/m/d)

(TV-L 13, up to 100%)

for the Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems.

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. Its new interdisciplinary, interfaculty 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 (

IRIS invites excellent early career researchers to apply for Ph.D./Postdoc positions to complement and expand our research activities by bridging two fields of discipline among those represented in IRIS. To find out which disciplines are currently represented, please visit the “IRIS Members” website ( The Ph.D./Postdoc positions will focus on reflecting on the societal impacts of intelligent systems in the broadest sense and should develop a connection between Social Sciences and Technical Science.

Potential areas of research

  • 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 analyzing 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 expect the applicant to name at least two disciplines that she/he/they want to work with. Applicants should have strong competence in bringing societal perspectives into the interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary reflection on intelligent systems and bridging multiple fields of disciplines.

Eligibility criteria

  • D. candidates hold (or expect to complete soon) a Master's or equivalent degree; Postdocs have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a related field.
  • Strong academic record, including, for instance, publications in peer-reviewed journals, invited lectures, and conference presentations.

What we offer

The Ph.D./Postdoc positions offer high-potential researchers an exceptional opportunity to conduct societally relevant research and sharpen their profile. The positions will be embedded in departments or research groups that topically match the profile of the respective candidate. Additionally, the positions benefit from support structures offered by the Graduate Academy of the University of Stuttgart (GRADUS) and the SRF IRIS.

  • The positions are both TV-L 13 according to the German federal wage agreement. If prerequisites are met, the starting group can be higher depending on the applicant's experience and qualifications.
  • The initial contract will be for up to 3 years, and an extension will be strived for.
  • The Postdoc position can be filled up to 100%.
  • The start date is as soon as possible but can be adjusted to suit the availability of the successful candidates.

How to apply

Please submit your application in a single PDF file (up to 10 MB) to, including the following:

  • Cover letter including a statement explaining your area of research, naming two (or more) disciplines among those represented in IRIS to bridge, and how it can foster interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Stuttgart.
  • One-page summary of your Master thesis/Ph.D.
  • Academic CV (max four pages)
  • List of publications and lectures
  • Preferred start date
  • Transcripts and Degrees (Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D.). Please include a certified translation of the diploma for languages other than German, English, and French.
  • Two reference letters should be submitted by the referees directly to

Applications submitted before 17.01.2022 will be given priority; however, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Inquiries should be sent to Sierra Kaiser at

Information on how the University protects personal data under Article 13 of the GDPR can be found via the following link:

The University of Stuttgart would like to increase the proportion of women in the scientific field and is therefore particularly interested in applications from women. Severely disabled persons are given priority in the case of equal suitability.

We look forward to your application!

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