Stellenausschreibung - Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Muenster, Germany ( is offering a full-time position at post-graduate level as

Postdoctoral Research Associate (fixed term),  (TV-L E13)

to be filled from 1st March 2015 or at the earliest possible time until 31st December 2018. Please note that the post is offered subject to the final sign-off of the supporting grant by the funding agency. The salary for the full time position (current working hours are 39 hours and 50 minutes per week) is according to the German TVL-13 scale. The full pay scale (monthly gross income in Euro) is available at Successful candidates will be placed in band 13; their level (1 to 5) within this band will be determined based on prior experience.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD degree in Geoinformatics, Computer Science or a related discipline and should have a strong interest in smart cities and/or in research areas related to smart cities (e.g. location-based services, mobile and ubiquitous computing). Excellent technical skills are a prerequisite for applying, and previous experience in building and managing large software frameworks are also essential. Prior experience in working in a large-scale international project, including managerial aspects, would be desirable. Similarly, past work with open source software and familiarity with the underlying licenses, methods and tools would be of high value for the advertised position.

The successful candidate will work in the context of an international PhD program (the project website will shortly go online at in the area of open cities. The main tasks will include

  • the management of the technical aspects of developing a large open-source framework;
  • supporting doctoral researchers in developing their own research agenda;
  • facilitating the collaboration of doctoral researchers groups in Germany, Spain, and Portugal, and
  • contributing to the overall management of the project.

The post comes with mandatory teaching duties of two hours per semester. The appointment explicitly includes the opportunity to develop an independent research profile.

The Institute for Geoinformatics is a fundamentally interdisciplinary organisation committed to conducting innovative and internationally visible research related to Geoinformatics. We actively encourage collaboration across disciplines and research groups, and support staff in developing their own research profile and agenda. English is the main language spoken at the Institute, which harbours staff from all continents with highly diverse cultural backgrounds. More information about the Institute can be found on its homepage (

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. Applicants with disabilities will be subject to preferential consideration in accordance with the applicable laws and university statutes.

Applications should include copies of degree certificates, curriculum vitae, motivation statement, list of publications (if applicable) and a brief research plan. Please email applications in the form of a single PDF to Prof. Dr. Christian Kray (, quoting GEO-C in the subject line. The deadline for applications is the 15th of December 2014. In case of any further questions, please use the same email address.