open position in DFG-funded open science research project CONQUAIRE
Bielefeld University

The Semantic Computing Group [1] at Bielefeld University
has an opening for a research position (PhD or postdoc) to work on developing
new methodologies to support open science, in particular the concept of
analytical reproducibility as well as quality assurance of scientific data.

The position is available in the context of the project CONQUAIRE (Continuous
quality control for research data to ensure reproducibility: an institutional
approach), which is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG, Deutsche

The project will require to develop and implement new methodologies for
managing research data with the goal to publish the data and analytical
scripts to maximize transparency and reproducibility of the results. The goal
will be to elicit requirements from different groups and disciplines of our
university (biology, psychology, sports science, linguistics, economics,
robotics, etc.) and develop a methodology and infrastructure that meets the
needs of these groups. The framework should be implemented on top of an
existing web-based Git repository manager (e.g. GitLab) and include components
for automatically checking and verifying the quality of data. The position
requires working in close cooper

ation with scientists from different disciplines as well as with Bielefeld
University Library.

The requirements of the position are the following:

 excellent Master's
degree in computer science, information science or library science

 excellent knowledge
of database technology

 strong software
engineering skills

 strong programming
skills in scripting languages (e.g. Bash, JavaScript, Perl, Python or Ruby)

 knowledge and
experience with versioning systems (Git, SVN)

 strong writing

 strong analytics

communication skills and interest in interdisciplinary work

 willingness to work
on a collaborative and interdisciplinary project involving different

The following skills will be considered as a plus, while not strictly

 experience with open
science projects

 experience in
developing open source code

 experience with
scientific workflow systems (e.g. taverna)

 command of German

The position will be available for three years, starting from January 2016 and
will allow the candidate to work towards obtaining a PhD degree at the end of
the project . The salary is according to the university pay scale (TV-L 13,
100%) and amounts to about 3.500 EUR per month (pre-taxes). Working language
of the project will be English, knowledge of German is not mandatory, but a

The Semantic Computing group is part of the Cognitive Interaction Technology
Center of Excellence [5] that hosts over 250 researchers working on
intelligent systems in a highly interdisciplinary context.

Bielefeld University [6] is a young, very dynamic and fast growing university.
It is a campus university hosting more than 22.000 students. Housing and many
other facilities offered directly on campus. With close to 330.000
inhabitants, Bielefeld [7] is one of the top 20 major cities in Germany. It
has many leisure and cultural activities to offer and is at the center of the
Teutoburg Forest [8], offering many possibilities for outdoor activities.

To apply, please send a full CV and letter of motivation (in one PDF document)
to Prof. Philipp Cimiano ([log in to unmask]) by October 2nd,
2015. For informal inquiries, please contact directly Prof. Cimiano.






Brought to you by code4lib jobs:
To post a new job please visit