4-year PhD Position in the project “SMART-AGE” at Goethe University Frankfurt

The research area Interdisciplinary Aging Studies (Head Prof. Dr. Frank Oswald) at the Institute for Social Pedagogy and Adult Education of the Department of Education at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main is looking for a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
(doctoral candidate)
(E13 TV-G-U, 65% – part-time)
from 01.07.2021

The position is part of the project network “Smart Aging in a Municipal Context: Investigation of Intelligent Forms of Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation under Real Conditions” (SMART-AGE), which was granted to Heidelberg University in cooperation with external partner universities by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

The interdisciplinary research project is dedicated to the question of how aging is shaped in a digitalized world. Within the framework of a representative practical study with participants aged 67 and older, the project is investigating how networked digital assistance systems can improve the quality of life of people of advanced age. SMART-AGE combines the expertise of software engineering, medicine and gerontology. In addition, there are disciplines such as ethics, sociology and biomechanics.

The successful candidate will be assigned to the regional team of the project at the Department of Interdisciplinary Aging Science (Prof. Dr. Frank Oswald, Dr. Anna Wanka), which deals with socio-scientific questions of living in old age. In addition, integration into the supra-regional team of the SMART-AGE project at the Heidelberg site is provided.


  • Very good completion of a scientific university degree in psychology, sociology, education, geography or related fields.
  • Very good knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative methods, interest in mixed-methods research, specific methods if applicable.
  • Interest in pursuing a doctorate in the field of age(s) – environment – technology.
  • Willingness to be mobile (Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Mannheim).
  • Ability to work in a team, good English skills, very good German skills.

More information can be found here.