Research Associate/PhD Student on Open Access Publishing in Social Science
The Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) research group at the
University of Bonn, Germany, is searching for a
Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter(in))
(initially 50% full-time equivalent TV-L 13)
to work in the OSCOSS (Opening Scholarly Communication in Social
Sciences) project at the Institute of Computer Science III. Initial
appointment will be at least until the end of 2017 (or up to 3 years
if this is the start of your PhD studies), starting as soon as
possible. A combination with contracts in other, related projects of
the EIS group is possible.
You will design a software architecture for collaboratively authoring,
reviewing and reading social science papers connected to research
datasets, source code repositories and publication databases. You will
implement this architecture based on existing software systems and
support our application partner GESIS (Leibniz Institute for the Social
Sciences) in evaluating this implementation in the real-world scenario
of publication workflows for their journals.
You will be able to use the results you achieve in the project for
working towards a doctoral dissertation.
● Close supervision by the senior members of the OSCOSS research team at
the University of Bonn and GESIS
● Financial support to attend relevant conferences
● Close interaction with colleagues working on related projects in the
fields of scientific information systems and open educational resources
● The possibility to teach and supervise students on topics related to
● The possibility to obtain a discounted public transport ticket
● A Master degree in a relevant field (Computer Science, Information
Sciences or equivalent)
● Proficiency in spoken and written English. Proficiency in German is a
● Proficiency in modern programming languages and modern software
engineering methodologies. In particular, proficiency in
Python for web application backends, XML technologies and web services
is required for OSCOSS.
● Proven team software development skills.
● Familiarity with Digital Libraries, Semantic Web, Text Mining, Data
Analytics, and Social Science is an asset.
To apply, please send to the Enterprise Information Systems group
<[hidden email]> a CV, a master certificate or
university transcripts, a motivation letter clearly addressing each of
the requirements laid out above and including a short research plan
focused on the topics of the OSCOSS project, two letters of
recommendation, and an English writing sample (e.g. prior publication
or master thesis excerpt). Please include "OSCOSS" in your email
subject and indicate whether you would like to do a PhD with us.
Please do not send emails larger than 10 MB.
Applications will be processed continuously. Please indicate your
intent to apply as soon as possible. Full applications arriving before
12 August 2016 will be given full consideration.