Student Assistant (m/f/d) to Support the Research Project “Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalisation (MOTRA)”

  • The GIGA seeks to hire a

    Student Assistant (m/f/d)

    to support the research project “Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalisation (MOTRA),” funded by BMI and BMBF, for up to 10 hours per week, starting as soon as possible for 6 months with the possibility of extending the contract. The student assistant will be required to be physically present in Hamburg. Currently, the remuneration is gross € 12.41 per hour.


    • Data collection and coding of X (formerly Twitter) profiles and posts.

    • Data management of survey data.

    • Literature search and management using Zotero.

    General requirements:

    • Proficiency in English and German, knowledge of other languages would be an asset

    • Familiarity with research on radicalisation and extremism (e.g., right-wing, left-wing, or islamist extremism)

    • Excellent analytical and comparative skills

    • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work independently

    • Enrolment as a student of political science, sociology, economics, criminology, media studies, or related disciplines at a German university (if BA; 3rd semester or higher starting in April 2024), preferably in Hamburg or its vicinity

    Desired requirements:

    • Experience with the collection, management and analysis of social media data

    • Experience with the collection, management, and analysis of survey data

    • Knowledge of Python and R or Stata

    • Knowledge of natural language processing (NLP) or other computational social science techniques

    Please send your application as one PDF file, including a brief motivation letter, a CV, and a transcript of records, via e-mail to Dr. Thomas Richter no later than 15 April 2022. Interviews are scheduled to take place on 25 or 26 April 2024.

    Further information on the GIGA can be found here.

    Further information on the MOTRA project can be found here.


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