Research Associate - Information technology

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Germany,
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 02 Mar 2021

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is an internationally active research institute, funded by federal and state governments and member of the Leibniz Association.

For the next possible date our department Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences (WTS), Team FAIR Data and Human Information Interaction located in Cologne, is looking for a

(Salary group 13 TV-L, working time 75 %, limited to 30.09.2023)

The department Knowledge Technologies for Social Sciences (WTS) conducts research at the intersection of information retrieval, knowledge graphs, human information interaction and machine learning as foundation for innovative web portals and platforms for the search and use of research data. WTS innovations are based on a state-of-the-art software stack and research-based innovations in the aforementioned fields.

In the context of the consortium KonsortSWD of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) WTS develops innovative services with the goal to improve the visibility and findability of research data on the web.

Your tasks will be:

  • Applied research in the areas of data search, web data discovery, knowledge graphs or web data sharing
  • Development of a sustainable strategy to improve search and findability of our research data on the web and its evaluation through user studies, data/web search metrics and test cases
  • Implementation of data search and findability approaches with appropriate Web/Java technologies (e.g. applying web standards such as, search engine optimization, automated annotation of data with web vocabularies)
  • Contributing to the standardization and enrichment of dataset metadata in continuous exchange with the NFDI community
  • Publication of project results

Your profile:

  • University degree in Computer Science or related fields
  • Research interests in data search, data & information retrieval, knowledge graphs or human information interaction
  • Expertise in metadata and web standards, web search, (web) information retrieval, interest in search engine optimization (SEO) and data findability
  • Experience in software development with Java, Web- and XML-technologies, database and search engine technologies
  • Competence in problem-solving, ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, basic knowledge of the German language desirable.

For further information concerning the tasks please contact Dr. Brigitte Mathiak via phone +49 (0221) 47694 - 510 or via E-Mail . If you have questions about the application process, please contact Anna Klein via E-Mail.


Please apply via our Online-application portal until 02.03.2021.

Our reference number is: WTS-83.

GESIS offers an exciting work environment for interdisciplinary research at the interface between the social sciences and computer science. As an infrastructure institution, we promote social science research and cooperate with renowned international research institutes.

GESIS supports your career development. We offer a wide range of career opportunities in an attractive and rewarding work environment that allows you to carry out your tasks in a creative and autonomous manner. You will work in an international environment in the heart of Cologne and benefit from our flexible working conditions as well as our extensive internal and external networks.

GESIS is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to disability regulations.

We are a family-friendly employer and have been certified by the audit Work&Family since 2010.

You will find further information here .

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