Academic staff (post-doc) for the “Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies” working group (f/m/d)

  • Munich, Germany
  • Educational Sciences, TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology
  • Anna Keune
  • Munich, Germany
  • Educational Sciences, TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology
  • Anna Keune

Website Technical University of Munich

We are looking for: Academic staff for the “Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies” working group (f/m/d)

About us
The working group Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies is looking for a post-doctoral researcher (m/f/d), TV-L E 13, 75%, initially limited to 2 years with an ideal start in March 2024.

The working group Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies is situated within the Department of Educational Sciences of the School of Social Sciences and Technology at the Technical University of Munich, one of Europe’s top universities committed to excellence in research and teaching. The working group focuses on research at the intersection of learning sciences and design scholarship to advance understanding of how state-of-the-art creative design technologies can foster STEM learning for all students in school and out-of-school settings.

The post-doctoral researcher will work on current scientific questions related to equitable STEM education and develop and conduct innovative educational interventions, prototypes, and research studies with learners in school and out-of-school settings. They will investigate educational design technologies to foster STEM learning with the aim of advancing understanding of learning and teaching within these contexts. The research assistant will have opportunities to publish research results across a range of outlets.

The work will be situated within the context of the Horizon Europe research project “Cultural Literacies’ Value in Europe” (

The scope of work of the postdoctoral researcher will cover:
Identifying cultural literacies in Europe (WP2) by outlining the German context, including strategies and policies that promote arts-based education, identifying and categorizing arts-based education in Germany, resourcing assessment, and policy mapping.

Mapping Outputs of arts-based education (WP3) by Identifying one case study in Germany covering two groups of young people involved in formal and informal education, evaluating the case study, identifying inputs and financial values, identifying non-monetized inputs (e.g., volunteer time), and creating an “impact” maps.

Evaluating outcomes and the effectiveness of arts-based education (WP4) through data gathering tools and training with ‘emotional cartography’ and participative mapping in Germany and co-creating maps of meaning through a variety of art forms.

Pedagogy practices in arts education (WP6 – Main focus) through co-creating national/transnational community of practices (COPs), co-creating an “agents of change” program, and facilitating cultural literacies across borders through a dynamic pedagogical intervention.

We seek to recruit a highly energetic and enthusiastic researcher, who is passionate about investigating inter-disciplinary scientific questions independently and collaboratively in a team. The position will make national and international travel possible.

The research assistant will bring expertise in or appreciation of constructionist educational theory and two or more of the following areas: Arts-based learning/education, design-based learning, design-based research methods, qualitative research methods, mixed methods, out-of-school education, school-based education, maker-centered learning, making, digital literacies.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in learning sciences, educational sciences, literacy studies, instructional technology, art-based education, or a related field with a strong interest in equitable STEM educational research. In addition, candidates must have experience with or a passion for:

● Working on research and research projects.
● Working with qualitative research approaches.
● Exploring new technologies and their utility for education and creative expression.
● Very good writing, communication, and presentation skills.
● High proficiency in written and spoken English and German.

Our offer
We offer a 75% position as academic staff. The position will initially be limited to two years. Payment will be based on qualifications up to pay grade E13 TV-L. TUM strives to raise the proportion of women in its workforce and explicitly encourages applications from qualified women. Applications from disabled persons with essentially the same qualifications will be given preference.

If you are interested in working with our team, please send your application to Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies, Department of Educational Sciences, School of Social Sciences and Technology, Technical University of Munich, Prof. Dr. Anna Keune, Marsstraße 20-22, 80335 München, no later than 2 February at 23:59 CET, email address: [email protected].

Your application should include your CV with at least two references (names and contact details), a copy of your degree certificate, a letter outlining the reasons for your application (up to 1 page), an outline of a possible research project in the context of the “Cultural Literacies’ Value in Europe” (up to 1 page), a writing sample (e.g., a publication), and other strong supporting documentation (e.g., design portfolio). If possible, please submit your application as a single PDF document.

If you apply in writing, we request that you submit only copies of official documents, as we cannot return your materials after the completion of the application process. Please contact Prof. Dr. Anna Keune ([email protected]) with any questions.

Technical University of Munich
School of Social Sciences and Technology, Department of Educational Sciences
Learning Sciences and Educational Design Technologies
Prof. Dr. Anna Keune / Arcisstr. 21, 80333 München / [email protected]

The position is suitable for disabled persons. Disabled applicants will be given preference in case of generally equivalent suitability, aptitude and professional performance.

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