PostDoc / Senior Researcher (f/m/d)

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FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is one of the leading provider of scientific information and services and a member of the Leibniz Association . Our core task is the professional support of science and industry with research and patent information as well as the development of innovative information infrastructures, e.g. with a focus on research data management, knowledge graphs and digital platforms. For this purpose, we conduct in-house research, cooperate with renowned universities and research associations and maintain an international network. FIZ Karlsruhe is a GmbH (a limited liability company) with a non-profit character and one of the largest non-university institutions of its kind in Germany.

Information Service Engineering (ISE) investigates models and methods for efficient semantic indexing, aggregation, linking and retrieval of comprehensive heterogeneous and distributed data sources. To this end, both statistical and linguistic analysis methods (NLP) as well as machine learning in combination with symbolic logic are applied. ISE research relies and extends on knowledge representation standards developed for the Semantic Web. ISE research application areas include but are not limited to solutions for semantic annotation, semantic search, exploratory search, as well as recommender systems and question answering.

We are recruiting for the position of a

PostDoc / Senior Researcher (f/m/d)

starting in October 2021.

Job Description:

  • The offered position will be in the FIZ ISE research team and part of the MaRDI project
  • Innovative research on ISE research topics including scientific publications, third party funding proposals, active involvement in professional academic activities
  • Supervision of master and bachelor theses, co-supervision of FIZ ISE PhD students
  • We offer a productive and continuously evolving research environment, in which you can discuss ideas with FIZ ISE team members working on related topics as well as the opportunity to set up your own research team
  • Our goal is to perform internationally leading research which can be applied in high impact use cases

This position is part of the MaRDI project on research data infrastructures for mathematics. MaRDI is part of the German Research Data Infrastructure initiative (NFDI programme ). Particular tasks within the project will be the design, implementation, population and management of the MaRDI knowledge graph.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • An excellent completed PhD and Master degree in Computer Science or a related field
  • Publications of research results in renowned, peer-reviewed journals and conferences
  • Proven software engineering skills and the ability to develop mature software components beyond pure research prototypes
  • Successful supervision of bachelor and master students
  • Successful collaborations with other research groups, industry, as well as open-source and community initiatives, for example, in the context of publicly funded collaborative research projects
  • Experience in applying for funding by national and international funding bodies
  • Excellent English skills, written and spoken, German language skills are highly beneficial

Expertise in the following fields of research:

  • Knowledge Graphs and Semantic Web Technologies
  • Ontology Design and Ontological Engineering
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning

The candidate should be highly self-motivated, be interested in tackling challenging research problems, have organizational skills, be open minded, and have scientific leadership potential.

We offer you the opportunity to play a creative role in a highly dynamic scientific and technical environment and to support and advance our innovative projects and developments in the best possible way. You will find with us interesting and multifaceted tasks and performance-oriented career and professional development opportunities. With our working time models and the support of mobile working, we allow a high degree of flexibility in the arrangement of work schedules, considering the individual family and operational work situation (life-work balance). FIZ Karlsruhe understands itself as a family-friendly institution, with equal opportunities being an integral part of our daily life. Since October 2016, we have been certified by the audit berufundfamilie .

Remuneration is based on the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector (TVöD). The employment contract is initially limited to two years with an optional extension. Applications from severely handicapped persons will be considered with preference, provided they are equally qualified. Information on data protection for employment advertisements can be found here .

How to apply:

Excellent candidates are invited to apply with:

  • detailed curriculum vitae
  • copies of degree certificates/transcripts
  • publication record
  • writing samples/copies of relevant scientific papers (e.g. thesis, etc.)
  • letters of recommendation (preferably at least two)
  • a statement of interest/letter of motivation covering your research goals

For questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Harald Sack (Harald.Sack(at) ).

Please send your complete application documents by e-mail, quoting the reference number 25/2021, to

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

Human Resources

Mr. Rainer Kurz

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Phone: +49 7247/808-168

E-Mail: bewerbung(at)

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