PhD Research Position in Information Retrieval at GESIS, Cologne, Germany

Mayr, Philipp Philipp.Mayr at GESIS.ORG
Fri May 16 07:31:05 EDT 2014

PhD Research Position in Information Retrieval at GESIS, Cologne, Germany

GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences is an institute of the Leibniz Association internationally active in research in social sciences and financed by the German federal and regional governments. The department Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences (WTS) is concerned with research and development of current issues regarding information and knowledge technologies in the domain of social sciences. Our research mainly focuses on Information Retrieval, Semantic Web, Linked Open Data, and Web Science. The department is closely linked with the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) of the University of Koblenz-Landau.

Currently we are looking for a new colleague at GESIS - Cologne
by 1st of July 2014 as

Scientific associate / PhD student
in the field of Information Retrieval / value-added services for search
(TV-L EG 13, 75% working hours, doctoral dissertation is possible, limited to 4 years)

Your tasks will be:
* Development of the research portal sowiport, in particular back-end technologies, data conversion and -import
* Development and evaluation of subject-specific retrieval components (recommender systems, reranking procedures, linking, exploration)
* Design/Planning and implementation of projects in the field of information portals (duplicate detection, reference extraction and matching, author disambiguation)
* Research on the topic of information retrieval and value-added services in the field of the Social Sciences
* Participation in evaluation campaigns in international IR research.

Your profile:
* University (master) degree in computer/ information science or comparable qualification
* Sound knowledge in the areas Semantic Java, Python, Web and XML technologies, experience with common software architectures (SOA) as well as database and search technologies (SOLR); experience with VuFind are of advantage/advantageous
* Research experience in the fields of Information Retrieval and Information Systems
* Conceptual thinking and high competence in problem solving, ability to work independently as well as in a team

As an equal opportunities employer, GESIS wishes to support women in the context of statutory requirements. For this reason suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment. Applications from international candidates are highly encouraged. GESIS is certified by "audit berufundfamilie".

For first information please contact Dr. Philipp Mayr:
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 47694-533 or
E-mail: philipp.mayr at

Applications will be received until the June 2, 2014. We will accept only online applications made online. The identity figure is: WTS-16
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Dr. Philipp Mayr
Team Leader
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8,  D-50667 Köln, Germany
Tel: + 49 (0) 221 / 476 94 -533
Email: philipp.mayr at

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