43,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster. Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world.

The DFG-funded Research Unit Digital Towns of the Future investigates how medium-sized cities meet the challenges of digitalisation and develops digital instruments to strengthen their liveability, taking into account the necessary capabilities in the areas of civil society & social services, administration & politics, economy & energy and education & culture. Digitalisation is understood as part of a social process that leads to a fundamental transformation of existing structures in cities. The ever-increasing networking of information and processes affects the thinking and actions of individuals and organisations, so that digitisation in this sense should not be understood solely as the conversion of analogue values into digital data formats but as the sum of all the resulting consequences for a society and the actors and institutions that support it. In a total of six sub-projects from the perspectives of information systems, economics, education, political science and sociology, researchers are working on a vision of the digital medium-sized city of the future.

For more information on the research unit, please visit

The "Education" project examines how digital infrastructures in education complement the existing educational offerings in mid-sized cities and looks into the potential and limitations of digitalisation to support local educational infrastructures. The “Education” project within the Institute of Education of the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in, salary level E 13 TV-L, 75%)

at the earliest possible date. We are offering a fixed-term part-time position (75% FTE) until 31 January 2027.

Your tasks:

  • Collaboration in the third-party funded (DFG) project "Digital Towns of the Future" – sub-project "Education"
  • Coordination and implementation of the data collection
  • Treatment and analysis of the results of the field study
  • Publication and presentation of the results at national and international conference

Our expectations:

  • A university degree with above-average results in educational science, sociology, political science or a related subject is required.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods or a high motivation to familiarise yourself with them is required.
  • A good command of written and spoken English and German is desirable.
  • Previous knowledge of educational governance research and/or educational policy research is welcome.
  • The ability to work in a team, communication skills, organisational skills and an independent way of working are essential

Advantages for you:

  • Appreciation, commitment, openness and respect – values which are important to us.
  • Our broad range of diverse work-time models offers great flexibility – also when working from home.
  • If you have family members or young children in your care, our Family Service Office offers concrete support to help you balance your private and professional responsibilities.
  • As an educational institution, we are deeply committed to offering occupational training and continuing education opportunities tailored to your individual needs.
  • From A – Z, Aikido to Zumba, our sport and health programmes ensure a healthy work-life balance.
  • As a university employee, you are entitled to numerous benefits afforded to public servants, e.g. an attractive company pension scheme (VBL), an annual end-of-year bonus and a position that is shielded from economic fluctuations.

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Michael Räckers: +49 251 83-38075,

For specific questions regarding the project “E-Competences”, please contact the project leader, Prof Marcelo Parreira do Amaral: +49 251 83-24226,

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application, combined into one PDF, via email by 2024-04-30 at:

University of Münster

Institute of Education

Prof Marcelo Parreira do Amaral

Georgskommende 33

48143 Münster

Please note that we cannot consider other file formats

Ausschreibungskennziffer bei Rückfragen: 2024_02_35

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