43,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster. Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world.

The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) is an internationally well-connected institute that conducts interdisciplinary research and teaching in geoinformatics. It offers its diverse and multicultural staff and students a tolerant, cooperative and excellent working and learning environment. Principles such as open science, sustainability and social impact play an important role in our research, teaching and transfer. The "situated computing lab" working group researches methods and technologies that use spatial and temporal concepts and are tailored to different user groups in order to solve spatial tasks effectively and intuitively.

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

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

at the earliest possible date. We are offering a fixed-term full-time position for 3 years. Full-time employees are required to teach 4 hours per week during the semester. This position is tied to working towards a Habilitation.

Your tasks:

  • participation in the research and teaching activities of the Institute for Geoinformatics and the “situated computing lab” working group
  • supervising bachelor and master’s students
  • participation in administrative tasks at the institute and the faculty level -
  • upporting the organisation of activities of the working group
  • participation in the coordination of research projects (e.g. monitoring, organising events, preparing deliverables) - preparing research proposals

Our expectations:

  • A PhD in geoinformatics, computer science or a related discipline is required.
  • Expertise in at least one of the research areas of the working group (e.g. human-computer interaction, geovisualisation, ubiquitous computing, location-based services) is highly desirable.
  • Solid programming skills in at least one programming language are advantageous.
  • Good command of written and spoken English is essential.
  • German language skills would be advantageous but are not a requirement.
  • Further desirable skills include the ability to work in an international team, good communication and organisational skills, as well as the ability to work independently

Advantages for you:

  • Ifgi actively supports postdoctoral members of staff in developing their career, e.g. in writing proposals to establish their own research agenda or facilitating international contacts/research visits to partners in our large international network.
  • Our broad range of diverse work-time models offers great flexibility – also when working from home.
  • If you have family members or young children in your care, our Family Service Office offers concrete support to help you balance your private and professional responsibilities.
  • As an educational institution, we are deeply committed to offering occupational training and continuing education opportunities tailored to your individual needs.
  • From A – Z, Aikido to Zumba, our sport and health programmes ensure a healthy work-life balance.
  • As a university employee, you are entitled to numerous benefits afforded to public servants, e.g. an attractive company pension scheme (VBL), an annual end-of-year bonus and a position that is shielded from economic fluctuations

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.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Christian Kray (

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 2024-07-12. electronically, as a single PDF file, to Applications should include a short statement of your research experience and interests, a CV including a list of publications and relevant academic transcripts. Please use “Application WMA AG Kray” as the subject of your email. Interviews are planned for the second half of July.

Please note that we cannot consider other file formats.

Reference number: 2024_05_53

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