Research Assistant (all genders welcome) (Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology) (ID 100813)

Updated: 21 days ago

Einrichtung: Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology (ID 100813)

Ansprechpartner: Prof. Gerhard Wörner

Besetzungsdatum: ab sofort

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 08.02.2021

The Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology at the Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, University of Göttingen is currently inviting applications for the position for

Scientific Data Management (Data Scientist) (all genders welcome)

Fixed-term (3 years) at Research Assistant level (TV-L E13, 100 %), Job ID 100813

The position is part of the new “Digital Geochemical Data Infrastructure” (DIGIS) research group at the University of Göttingen, supported by a cluster of four research projects funded through the DFG’s Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (LIS) programme. A total of five research positions will be filled for three years. An extension of the positions for further three years is planned, pending excellent performance of DIGIS and successful follow-up grant application.

The aim of DIGIS is to develop and maintain the highly successful and well-established geochemical GEOROC, prepare new means of data harvesting and data entry as well as to stabilize and streamline IT connections with other existing geochemical databases such as EarthChem of the IEDA (Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance). DIGIS also forms an integral part of the current NFDI4Earth initiative.

The DIGIS research group will be composed of:
(1) IT-data scientist (Research Assistant, full-time) at the State and University Library of the University of Göttingen.
(2) Geochemist in Research Data Management and Geochemical Statistics (Research Assistant, full-time) at the Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology, Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, University of Göttingen.
(3) PhD position in Theoretical Geochemistry / Geochemical Statistics (Research Assistant, part-time, 66%) at the Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology, Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, University of Göttingen.
(4) PhD position in Computer Linguistics (Research Assistant, part-time, 66%) at the Centre of Digital Humanities, Universität Göttingen.
(5) Position in Scientific Data Management (Research Assistant, full-time) at the Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology, Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, University of Göttingen.

The position to be filled here is position 5.

Project description and responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for the scientific development of a metadata-model and the interface between the database and the web application platform of GEOROC. This involves the implementation, adaptation and administration of geochemical- and meta-data aspects in the database structure as well as the optimisation the data transfer between the DIGIS database and other geochemical databases as well as to contribute to the development of a new web application platform for the GEOROC database using Javascript. This requires the ability for independent research in, testing and application of statistical methods of research data analysis, visualization and interpretation. A strong scientific background and experience in publication of research results in the related fields is mandatory. Experience in research in the field of geosciences is advantageous. Further responsibilities are – in close collaboration with position 3 of DIGIS – the development of a digital data archiving system that operated through the DIGIS platform and linked to GEOROC via IGSN and an interactive, web-based user interface.

Required qualifications are a PhD degree in data sciences or geosciences with working knowledge in higher programming languages, REST-based API, SQL and VBA as well as XML or Jason-based web-protocols and Javascript. Excellent written and spoken communication in English and experience in publication of scientific data are also mandatory. Expert knowledge of “R” or “Phyton” are advantageous qualifications for a successful application. We also expect the successful candidate to be an active team player in our new research group.

What we offer: At the Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology you will be part of a young and vibrant research group. The department has well-established links to national as well as international collaborators. Besides the DIGIS programme, its core research expertise lies in the application of state-of-the-art analytical facilities to investigate magmatic and metamorphic processes on Earth and planetary bodies.
Applications from abroad are explicitly welcome.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields, in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a larger number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Only applications submitted via the University’s online application platform will be considered in the selection process: Please submit all relevant documents (motivation letter, CV, copies of transcript of records, copies of academic degree diplomas, abstract of master thesis, two references) as one single PDF file by navigating to the respective job advert ID or by clicking on the link . For further information or enquiries please contact the respective lead investigators given below each position advert. Closing date for applications is 19. April 2021.

For further information please contact Prof. Gerhard Wörner, Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology, Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, University of Göttingen , via E-Mail:

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