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

Doctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 100%)

The full-time, fixed-term position is expected to start on 1 December 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter and is limited to 3 years. The regular working hours are currently 39 hours 50 minutes a week.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to work on an EU-funded project in the Spatio-Temporal Modelling Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma. The project “interTwin” (, is an EU-funded project aiming to co-design and implement the prototype of an interdisciplinary Digital Twin Engine – an open source platform based on open standards that offers the capability to integrate application-specific Digital Twins.

Your Tasks

Your tasks are to design, conduct and publish research in the project described above, develop the software needed to reach the project aims, collaborate with the project consortium and help with project reporting and administration tasks. You will mainly focus on data fusion and uncertainty quantification, and their application on Earth observation data. This position is tied to working towards a doctorate.

Our Expectations

We are seeking an excellent candidate with the following profile:

  • A graduate degree (MSc) in geoinformatics, remote sensing, geography, statistics, data science, mathematics, computer science, physics or equivalent is required.
  • Knowledge in the field of Earth observation, statistics, and machine learning is essential.
  • Familiarity with Docker, Git version control systems and OpenAPI Specification is required.
  • Good programming skills, preferably in R and Python are advantageous.
  • Good communication skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, are expected (knowledge of German is not required).
  • The demonstrated ability to independently carry out academic work, collaboratively develop research software, solve problems and publish results in scientific journals is essential.

Our Offer

  • The opportunity to engage in research within a highly relevant field with the aim of obtaining a doctoral degree
  • The opportunity to carry out your research on uncertainty quantification and data fusion topics in a well-respected institute that is in one of the most livable cities in Germany
  • The opportunity to collaborate with consortium partners (EURAC, EODC, EGI, CERN, etc)
  • Payment will be based on the Collective Agreement of the Civil Service of the Länder TV-L E13, (see

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions. Part-time options are generally available.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons that necessitate another candidate's selection.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail at: Edzer Pebesma ( and/or Brian Pondi (

We look forward to receiving your application by 1 October 2023 as a single PDF file containing your cover letter, CV, and copies of certificates/transcripts. Applications should be sent via e-mail to:

Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma
Spatio-Temporal Modelling Lab
Institute for Geoinformatics
University of Münster
Heisenbergstraße 2
48149 Münster, Germany