45,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster (WWU). Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world. The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) is one of the leading research institutions in the world for processing and understanding geospatial data. ifgi’s research areas are modelling spatio-temporal processes, semantic interoperability, spatial assistance systems, cognitive engineering and sensor networks.

The Institute for Geoinformatics in the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Doctoral/Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13)

for the externally funded project NFDI4Earth. The position is scheduled to commence on 1 September 2022 and the fixed-term full-time position is being offered for 3 years (limited by the project duration).

The DFG-funded project NFDI4Earth is part of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) and deals with the digital needs within Earth system sciences. It provides researchers with FAIR, coherent and open access to all relevant data as well as innovative methods for research data management and collaborative data analysis. ifgi is one of 58 partners from well-known national institutions in Earth system sciences. ifgi participates in the analysis, creation and curation of educational resources, events and courses, and also in the development of novel software technologies for geospatial data science.

Your tasks:

  •  Joint development of education resources, education, and training activities (physical and virtual events) for NFDI4Earth, including the EduHub network.
  • Development of novel software technologies for processing large geospatial data sets based on data cubes for latest academic use cases.
  • Participation in NFDI4Earth meetings and coordination of all activities around NFDI4Earth in the faculty of geosciences.
  • Education and dissemination of resources and providing training around NFDI4Earth activities in the faculty of geosciences.
  • Development of innovative ideas, e.g., related to open reproducible research and scholarly communication, for submission and implementation as part of the NFDI4Earth pilots.
  • Contribution to documents collaboratively created within the consortium, such as white papers, best practices, standards and documentation on the above tasks.
  • Documentation and communication of results within NFDI4Earth and other relevant national and international organisations.
  • Participation in national and international networks and events (conferences, workshops) on relevant NFDI4Earth topics.
  • Publication and presentation of the project results in national and international journals and events.
  • The position may support work towards a PhD or Habilitation as appropriate to your qualifications.


Our expectations:

  • A university degree (MSc or higher) in geoinformatics, computer science, or a comparable engineering science or natural science is required.
  • A graduate degree (Ph.D.) in a related field would also be advantageous.
  • Good knowledge of and experience in data management, software development and distributed infrastructures is required.
  • Programming experience in R and/or Python, or extensive experience in another high-level programming language is a prerequisite.
  • Experience in geostatistics, geospatial data science, GIS, and Open Source software (development, maintenance, collaboration) is desirable.
  • Knowledge of existing software, repositories and infrastructures in the field of Earth systems sciences are advantageous but not a requirement.
  • Very good knowledge of technical standards and community standards for metadata, data and services in research data management and Earth system sciences would be welcomed.
  • Experience in the creation of curricula and teaching experience would be advantageous.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to enjoy communicating and interacting with other scientists are a must.
  • A high degree of independence and flexibility is necessary.
  • A very good command of written and spoken English is essential.
  • German language skills are not a requirement but a willingness to learn would be desirable.


Advantages for you:

  • Respectful, encouraging, innovative, creative and solution-oriented working environment in one of the most liveable cities in the world.
  • Freedom to choose your work-time model, as long as required meetings etc. are met, even when working from home.
  • Access to a modern workplace with modern IT infrastructure.
  • Opportunity to build your own profile as a researcher.
  • If you have family members or young children in your care, our Family Service Office offers concrete support to help you balance your private and professional responsibilities.
  • As an educational institution, we are deeply committed to offering occupational training and continuing education opportunities tailored to your individual needs.
  • Access to WWU’s sport and health programmes ensure a healthy work-life balance.
  • As a university employee, you are entitled to numerous benefits afforded to public servants, e.g. an attractive company pension scheme (VBL), an annual end-of-year bonus and a position that is shielded from economic fluctuations.

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.

The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Positions can generally be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

If you have any questions, please contact Edzer Pebesma (

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application 01 July 2022 at:

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Institute for Geoinformatics
Prof Edzer Pebesma
Heisenbergstr. 2
48149 Münster

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