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Markus Hoffmann


Hardenbergstr. 16-18
10623 Berlin
Room: HBS 127
(2nd floor, to the right, end of the hallway)

Phone: +49 30 314 265 96
Email: markus.hoffmann[at]tu-berlin.de


Markus Hoffmann (MA) is a social scientist focussing on science and technology research and Japanese culture. He studied at the University of Vienna and at Hosei University (Tokyo). In his master's thesis, he dealt with university rankings in Japan and how they influence students' understanding of universities and their quality.

He started working as a research assistant at TU Berlin in 2020 in the DFG project "FUFAF - Functions and consequences of unemployment in the careers of researchers". Subject-specific forms of dealing with and effects of phases of unemployment in academic careers are examined. Of particular interest is the influence of these phases on the content and practices of knowledge production.

Current Research Project

FUFAF - Functions and Consequences of Unemployment in Researchers' Careers


EPAC - Effects of pandemic-related disruptions on academic careers

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Curriculum Vitae

Since 2020 -
Research Associate, Chair of Social Studies of Science and Technology (Prof. Dr. Jochen Gläser) in the Project "FUFAF - Functions and Consequences of Unemployment in Researchers' Careers“, Institute of Philosophy, History of Literature, Science, and Technology, Technical University of Berlin
2017 - 2019
MA Science-Technology-Society, University of Vienna
2017 - 2020
Student Assistant, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
Since 2017
Japanese Studies (master), University of Vienna
2015 - 2016
Study abroad, Hosei University, Tokyo (Japan)
2013 - 2017
Astronomy (bachelor), University of Vienna
2012 - 2017
BA Japanese Studies, University of Vienna (Extension curricula: history)

Areas of Research

  • Qualitative interview research and its evaluation
  • Science and technology research (especially university research with a regional specialization in Japan)
  • scientific careers


  • (forthcoming) „Stelle los, aber nicht arbeitslos? Funktionen und Folgen von Arbeitslosigkeit in den Karrieren von Forscher*innen (Konferenzposter)“, "Gesellschaft unter Spannung" - 40. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, 14.-25. September 2020, mit Markus Hoffmann (TU Berlin) - digitale Konferenz -
  • "Unemployment = exclusion?", 2020 EASST & 4S Joint Conference "Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds", Prague, 18.-21. August 2020, mit Markus Hoffmann (TU Berlin) - digitale Konferenz -


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