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Reference number: 2018-351

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The Plant Sciences Division of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG) investigates the dynamics of plant processes and the interaction of plants with the environment. Plant science at Forschungszentrum Jülich plays a leading role at national and international level in the field of plant phenotyping, i.e. in the quantitative and non-invasive recording of structural and functional properties of plants. In particular, we develop new sensor technology and measurement concepts and integrate them into semi- and fully- automated systems, as well as we deploy the corresponding IT infrastructure. One focus is the use of optical sensors and includes the automated measurement of plant characteristics under controlled greenhouse and field conditions. New automated high-throughput platforms for the non-destructive, daily measurement of hundreds of plant roots and leaves are currently being set up.

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Software Developer - Image Processing, Image Analysis of Plant Root Properties

Your Job:

  • Evaluation and benchmarking of available algorithms for root recognition and classification including machine learning and deep learning methods
  • Application and parameterization of suitable frameworks or algorithms for image processing
  • Increase the throughput of image analysis of root images
  • Development of workflows for image processing and data extraction for daily operation
  • Linking workflows with existing in-house developed databases

Your Profile:

  • Completed technical studies in computer science or mathematics or a comparable subject area with relevant experience in digital image analysis and processing
  • Experience with image analysis and feature acquisition from monochrome, RGB and spectral images
  • Experiences with the application of "machine learning" and "deep learning" methods and corresponding basics in Deep Learning frameworks (e.g. Theano, Tensorflow)
  • Proven experience with programming languages and software (C++, Phyton, Matlab etc.)
  • Ideally, practical experience with optical measuring stations (e.g. also from the biomedical field) and their components such as camera types and lighting conditions.
  • Ideally, basic knowledge of the LabVIEW software
  • A high degree of initiative, responsibility and team spirit
  • You are fluent in German and have a good command of the English language

Our Offer:

  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • Opportunity to work in a team of motivated scientists and technicians
  • Promotion of professional development through participation in national and international conferences and through various training programmes
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).


Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2018-351: career@fz-juelich.de
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.