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Research assistant (m/f/d), EG 13 TV-H, full-time

The following position is to be filled at the earliest possible date in the Department of Economics, Institute of Business Administration - Department of Information Systems and Systems Development (Prof. Dr. Matthias Söllner):

Research Assistant (m/f/d), EG 13 TV-H, fixed-term, full-time (currently 40 hours per week) 

The position is initially limited for 36 months as part of the project "Digital infrastructures that promote privacy - legally compliant and quality-centered design of an open search infrastructure" in accordance with § 2 para. 2 WissZeitVG. The possibility of a doctorate is given and is actively encouraged. An extension beyond the project duration is being sought.

Open search infrastructures are a key factor in ensuring the self-determination of users in the digital age. However, the leading search engines are currently based on one of four search engine indices that are controlled by companies. To counteract this development, the EU is currently promoting the development of an open search engine index based on European standards. Current projects focus very strongly on technical development, which means that important socio-technical factors have so far been given little consideration. As part of a new interdisciplinary BMBF project, the focus is on the legally compliant and trust- and acceptance-promoting design of such an open web index. We are looking for a research assistant for the focus on trust and acceptance-promoting design.


Your tasks:

  • Scientific collaboration in research and teaching in the field of business informatics and system development
  • Scientific collaboration in the above-mentioned project with a focus on empirical and/or design-oriented research on the trust and acceptance-promoting design of open search infrastructures


  •  University degree with at least good grades in business informatics, economics, industrial engineering, (business) psychology or related fields. The required degree must be available by the recruitment date at the latest.

  •  Strong social and communication skills, initiative, motivation, high sense of responsibility, ability to work in a team and very good organizational skills, Enthusiasm for high-quality research
  •  Openness to working in interdisciplinary projects and willingness to cooperate nationally and internationally with partners in science and practice
  • Very good knowledge of German and English


Advantageous are:

  • Initial experience in the following areas: open search infrastructures, technology acceptance and/or trust in technologies
  • Initial experience in relevant research methods (e.g. empirical and/or design-oriented research)


We in the Department of Information Systems offer you:

  • Collaboration with renowned research institutions, organizations and companies
  • The opportunity to do a doctorate
  • Intensive doctoral supervision and the opportunity to discuss your research with renowned colleagues at conferences around the world
  • Research and work in a dynamic team with a pleasant working atmosphere
  • Diverse personal development opportunities
  • Early assumption of responsibility and the opportunity to help build and shape a young specialist field

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Matthias Söllner, phone: +49 561 804-3450, e-mail: soellner(at)


Our offer:

As an employee of the University of Kassel

  • you will have access to an interesting and diverse range of tasks within the framework of a modern and up-and-coming university,
  • you will be part of an interdisciplinary team with a good and collegial working atmosphere,
  • you will have the opportunity to take part in professional and interdisciplinary further training measures,
  • your workplace will be centrally located in the city of Kassel (if you work at Holländischer Platz or Wilhelmshöher Allee) with good public transport connections, which you can currently use free of charge.

You will also benefit from the many advantages of employment in the public sector, including

  • an additional company pension scheme (VBL),
  • an optional child allowance in accordance with TV-Hessen, a family-friendly university (including childcare for emergencies),
  • a special annual payment in November,
  • an entitlement to capital-forming benefits,
  • support for voluntary work,
  • participation in university sports and the full range of fitness activities offered as part of Unifit and the company health promotion program.