Research Assistant (EG 13 TV-H) - Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape - department of: Urban and regional Sociology Junior Research Group „StatusDiversities“ - as soon as possible

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At the University of Kassel - Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape  -  department of: Urban and regional Sociology Junior Research Group „StatusDiversities“ (Dr. Fran Meissner) - as soon as possible

Research Assistant (EG 13 TV-H)

Part-time position, with 50% of the working hours of a full-time employee, for a period of 18 months within the Junior Research Group: “StatusDiversities“ (§ 2 Abs. 1 WissZeitVG).

The research assistant will support the development of the Junior Research Group: „StatusDiversities“ led by Dr Franziska Meissner. The group’s research objective is to study the link between the regulation of migration by way of many different legal status categories on the one hand and the everyday dynamics of urban diversity on the other hand. A central focus will be on diversity dynamics in smaller cities and on how differentiations between migrants are relevant for better understanding migrant housing biographies.

The research will build on innovative research methods that bridge the gap between qualitative and quantitative approaches. Of particular importance will be data visualisations, GIS supported analysis and network analytic approaches. Further local social and news media are to be scraped and the use of smartphone assisted methods for data collection will be developed. Applicants should explicitly outline any specific interests and skills in ICT driven research.


StatusDiversities, in a first instance, will research diversity dynamics in Kassel. On this basis an elaborated and internationally comparative research project will be developed and submitted in application for a major research grant.


  • Support with data-collection and analysis and the preparation of common publication projects.
  • Organisational and administrative support in establishing the research group, including the preparation of a major grant application.
  • Teaching Duties within the department (2 hours of class time per semester week).
  • Presentation of Research findings to external international experts.




  • Completed course of academic study (Masters degree) either in the Social Sciences, Applied Informatics or digital humanities.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, good knowledge of German is desirable, other language competences will be positively evaluated.
  • Well-developed organisational and communication skills.


  • Good knowledge and competences in the use of qualitative and/or quantitative methods.
  • Already developed knowledge of ICT supported methods or a willingness to expand competences.
  • Experience in conducting semi-structured and expert interviews.
  • Previous involvement in the drafting of grant applications.

Applicants should have a good knowledge of current debates in Migration Studies and Urban Sociology or Geography and be interested in developing their own independent research project (dissertation project) in this research field.

Applicants should submit a motivation letter, a CV including the contact details of 2 references, as well as a 1-page statement, outlining research experience and personal research plans. Documents can be submitted either in English or German.


For any further queries regarding the post please contact Fran Meissner at .

The University of Kassel is an equal opportunities employer and strives for the adjustment of existing disproportions concerning the employment of women in teaching and research positions. Qualified women are thus encouraged to apply. Handicapped candidates will be given preference, if the choice is between equally strong applicants.

Applications with the above listed documentation should be collated in a single PDF-File and sent before the deadline and clearly stating the position’s reference number in the application and the subject line to Paper applications will be accepted and can be sent to: The President, University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany. Only send copies of supporting documents as application following the conclusion of the search will be destroyed in line with data protection guidelines and cannot be returned.





Bewerbungsfrist: 30.04.2016
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