Technische Universität Berlin - Faculty IV - German Internet Institute
Research assistant - salary grade E13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen - 1st qualification period (PhD candidate)
part-time employment may be possible
With its research agenda, the German Internet Institute dares a particularly ambitious form of interdisciplinarity. Both the research agenda and the group of applicants combine economic, social and political sciences, law, and computer science, and they develop research approaches and perspectives that are systematically linked to each other in the design of the individual research groups.
During the build-up phase, a total of 20 interdisciplinary research groups will be working at the German Internet Institute. The groups consist of one research group leader and two to three doctoral students and three student assistants. The TU Berlin is involved in three research groups at the German Internet Institute. For the scientific work of research group 6 "Responsibility and the Internet of Things", we are looking for one research assistant.
The research group is about responsibility, trustworthiness, reliability, security and social compliance in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). It is about understanding the legal implications of the IoT. The impact of the IoT on the Treaty and Liability Law serves as a reference framework. The IoT is a technical vision in which computers are no longer only stationary devices operated by humans. Rather, small computing units are integrated into the everyday environment (ubiquitous computing) in many places and are linked to one another. Through sensors, they can perceive their surroundings autonomously (sensor technology). The information can be collected and analyzed. On this basis, things in the system can be controlled again and led to an adequate response. All forecasts predict a drastic jump of these technologies by 2020. It is already apparent today that things will have more power: driverless buses are already being used in some municipalities, household robots are market-ready, and consumer goods can be ordered via "dashbuttons".
Under the catchphrase of industry 4.0, processes of industrial production are increasingly being controlled and executed by complex cyber-physical systems. These applications promise a high degree of facilitation, efficiency and effectiveness. They raise the question of who is responsible for technical and legal actions - such as the issuing of a declaration of consent - or actual breaches of duty like the injury of a person by an autonomous vehicle. A successful applicant will conduct his/her independent research in one of the questions outlined above and will be involved in the teaching and supervision of students.