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Advertising division: IAS-9 - Materials Data Science and Informatics
Reference number: 2021-160


Research data is the foundation of scientific discovery and an essential component of societal progress. Establishing the provenance of data and ensuring its re-usability and long-term availability increases the value, transparency and visibility of research. That is the mission of the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC): the goal of this association-wide platform is to develop and establish novel concepts, services and workflows that allow to enrich complex and heterogeneous research data with metadata in the different phases of their creation. This will make our research data FAIR and generally usable, thus securing its value in the long term, e.g. for use in areas like Big Data Analytics and data mining using artificial intelligence.

The Institute for Advanced Simulations - Materials Data Science and Informatics (IAS-9) will be the HMC Host-Lab at the Jülich Research Center. In this multidisciplinary group activities span from the investigation of material properties by means of numerical simulations and theoretical approaches, to general data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, to the development of methods and workflows in research data management and metadata handling. The IAS-9 will host a team of HMC software developers who will operate at the interface of scientific data analysis and research data management. In close coordination with the HMC Hub Information, strategies, and tools such as web-services and databases will be developed and made accessible to the Helmholtz community. An essential part of this will be the demand-specific development and adaptation of structured vocabularies and ontologies. For this purpose, tailor-made technical tools will allow scientists to integrate the collection of metadata into their daily research routine with minimal additional effort.

Support our team as

Research Associate in the field of Semantics and Ontologies

Your Job:

Support our newly established subinstitute IAS-9 in setting up and implementing our research data management activities. You will work closely with software developers and data scientists in IAS-9, the HMC Hub Information, as well as scientists in the Information research focus area. Your tasks will include:

  • Establishment, modelling, development and adaptation of structured semantic data
  • Ingestion of domain-specific needs, close cooperation with other HMC staff in the various research domains, and supervision of NFDI activities
  • Merging of different semantic data sets by means of manual "ontology matching" and "ontology alignment"; semi-automatic ontology mapping, e.g. by means of machine learning methods
  • Development of new tools as well as adaptation of existing tools for visualization and modeling of domain-specific ontologies
  • Data description and integration using knowledge graphs
  • Support dissemination of developed tools and concepts within HMC workshops and specific training activities
  • Supervision of student projects and BSc/MSc theses

Your Profile:

  • University degree (Master, Diploma) or similar in information/data/computer science or physics/materials science. PhD degree in a relevant scientific domain is beneficial
  • Excellent and proven knowledge of relevant script- and programming languages
  • Practical knowledge of semantic webservices
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and well-established databases are beneficial
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • Willingness to support scientists in with respect to metadata & research data management
  • Ability to think analytically. Readiness to work in an international and multidisciplinary team environment where developments are driven in a cooperative and team-oriented fashion
  • Willingness to travel (e.g. business trips to meetings or conferences)

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • Secure employment in a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary context
  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional further development
  • A dynamic, creative environment, an open-minded culture of innovation, in which lifelong learning in dealing with one of the great challenges of science is not a foreign word but a claim. Our goal is to make a difference together!
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

We offer you an exciting and varied role. The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13-14 TVöD-Bund.

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.