Job vacancy: Researcher / PostDoc (f/m/d, E 13 TV‑L, 100%)

The Cen­ter for Rhet­or­ic­al Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion Research on Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (RHET AI), fun­ded by the Volk­swa­gen Found­a­tion, is research­ing the devel­op­ment of qual­ity stand­ards and best prac­tices in the field of sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion on Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI). It is our acclaimed goal to explore how an edu­cated social and crit­ic­al dis­course on Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence which takes a pleth­ora of social implic­a­tions into con­sid­er­a­tion can be induced into the field of cul­tur­al production.

We invite you to apply for the pos­i­tion of a

Research­er / PostDoc f/m/d, E 13 TV‑L, 100%, lim­ited until Septem­ber 30, 2026

The advert­ised pos­i­tion coordin­ates the eval­u­ation activ­it­ies of the RHET AI Cen­ter. It is part of the "Com­mu­nic­at­ive Com­pet­ence Unit", led by Prof. Dr Olaf Kramer and Dr Markus Gott­schling (Rhet­or­ic Depart­ment). This unit has developed and imple­men­ted a train­ing pro­gram for AI research­ers to strengthen their com­pet­en­cies in the field of sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion. The unit also col­lab­or­ates closely with the center’s "Pub­lic Engage­ment Unit".

Your task is to con­cep­tu­al­ize, carry out and ana­lyze eval­u­ations of the RHET AI train­ing pro­gram as well as its pub­lic engage­ment events. In quant­it­at­ive and qual­it­at­ive stud­ies, you will exam­ine how research­ers acquire com­mu­nic­at­ive com­pet­ence and how this is used in loc­al as well as nation­wide formats of sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion and pub­lic engage­ment. In doing so, you will also con­sider the impact of RHET AI’s sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion measures.

The pos­i­tion and its asso­ci­ated sci­entif­ic envir­on­ment offer excel­lent oppor­tun­it­ies not only for net­work­ing with­in the inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research cen­ter and its part­ners, but also for present­ing your ideas and res­ults in the con­text of nation­al and inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ences. Sup­por­ted by the pub­lic­a­tion of the res­ults of your research in rel­ev­ant spe­cial­ist journ­als, you can build up a large sci­entif­ic research network.

What We Have to Offer

  • Pos­sib­il­ity to do inde­pend­ent research in a highly vibrant research envir­on­ment on top­ics that are extremely rel­ev­ant in sci­ence and society.
  • A col­lab­or­at­ive and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary team with diverse per­spect­ives from, e.g., rhet­or­ic, media sci­ence or machine learning.
  • Close col­lab­or­a­tion with the Research Cen­ter for Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion at Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen, with the Hec­tor Insti­tute of Edu­ca­tion Sci­ences and Psy­cho­logy, an inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed insti­tute in research­ing edu­ca­tion­al pro­cesses, and with LEAD Gradu­ate School & Research Network.
  • An attract­ive remu­ner­a­tion based on the col­lect­ive agree­ment for the pub­lic ser­vice in the fed­er­al states of Ger­many (pay group 13 TV‑L), includ­ing the social bene­fits cus­tom­ary in pub­lic ser­vice. This pos­i­tion is suit­able for part-time work.
  • In case of an exten­sion of the Center's fund­ing, the pos­i­tion is also renewable.

Your Pro­file

  • Above aver­age PhD in Sci­ence Com­mu­nic­a­tion, Rhet­or­ic, Psy­cho­logy, Empir­ic­al Edu­ca­tion­al Research, Edu­ca­tion­al Sci­ence or an adja­cent field of study.
  • Know­ledge of quant­it­at­ive research data (e.g., SPSS, R).
  • Dis­tinct exper­i­ence in com­mu­nic­at­ive com­pet­ence, eval­u­ation, and impact meas­ure­ment. Exper­i­ence with the top­ic of Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence is beneficial.
  • You should be will­ing to attend train­ing pro­grams in sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion offered by the RHET AI Center.
  • High level of ini­ti­at­ive and teamworking.
  • Very good Ger­man and Eng­lish lan­guage skills.

Applic­a­tions are pos­sible until the pos­i­tion is filled. Please send your com­plete applic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish (incl. CV and ref­er­ences) in one PDF doc­u­ment as soon as pos­sible by e‑mail using the keyword "Eval­u­ation" to Dr Markus Gott­schling (, who will also be happy to answer any ques­tions (+49 7071 29–73321).

The Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen aims to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing and there­fore expressly invites applic­a­tions from suit­ably qual­i­fied female aca­dem­ics. Severely dis­abled applic­ants will be giv­en pref­er­en­tial con­sid­er­a­tion if they are equally qual­i­fied. We cul­tiv­ate an unpre­ju­diced and diverse work­ing cul­ture and wel­come applic­a­tions from qual­i­fied people with dif­fer­ent social and cul­tur­al backgrounds.

Recruit­ment takes place via the Cent­ral Admin­is­tra­tion of the Uni­ver­sity of Tübingen.