JOB: Two full-time research positions at Bielefeld University

5 Feb 2017 - 00:00

Applications invited for two full-timeresearch positionswith immediate vacancy in Subproject INF of the new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1288 ‘Practices of Comparison’ (E13 TV-L) (non-permanent positions). The successful candidates will participate in the CRC Subproject INF ‘Data Infrastructure and Digital Humanities’ (Data and Information Infrastructure). The posts are situated in the Faculty of History, Philosophy, and Theology.

Main responsibilities

  • to carry out research in the field of digital humanities (min. 50%)
  • to develop and provide a collaborative digital work environment for the data and information infrastructure of the entire CRC project
  • to link together information structures, research management, and digital humanities in order to further develop research methodologies in the field of the humanities
  • to draw up technical solutions for the long-term data availability and therefore the traceability of future publications in the different research projects
  • to integrate the services to be set up in the information infrastructure of the university in cooperation with those responsible (ca. 40%)
  • to participate in joint research projects and discussions in the INF subproject and to contribute to events such as project-oriented workshops (approx. 5%)
  • to contribute to the main topics of discussion and research in the CRC project and to help plan and organize CRC events (approx. 5%)Working language is German.

Applicant’s Profile

The successful candidate is expected:

  • to hold an academic degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. computer science, computational linguistics, or information technology) or in a CRC-1288-related discipline in cultural studies or history (e.g. history, literary studies, or imagology)
  • to have knowledge in the field of the digital humanities- to demonstrate team spirit and a collaborative approach to research

The successful candidate should preferably have experience in cooperating with researchers and working with their data- to have profound knowledge and experience in the development of scientific applications- be interested in the further development of research methodology in the humanities and cultural studies- have a working knowledge of German or be willing to learn German up to B2 level.


Salary will be paid according to Remuneration level 13 of the Wage Agreement for Public Service in the Federal States (TV-L). As stipulated in § 2 (1) paragraph 1 of the WissZeitVG (limited liability), the contract will end on December 31, 2020. In accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases. The employment is designed to encourage further academic qualification.In principle, these full-time positions may be changed into part-time positions, as long as this does not conflict with official needs.

Bielefeld University is particularly committed to the career development of its employees. It offers attractive internal and external training and further training programmes. Employees have the opportunity to use a variety of health, counselling, and prevention programmes. Bielefeld University places great importance on a work– family balance for all its employees.

Application Procedure

For full consideration, your application should be received via either post or email (a single PDF document sent to ) by the 5th of February 2017. Please mark your application with the identification code wiss16065. We request a letter of motivation in addition to the usual documents. Please do not use application portfolios and send only photocopies of original documents because all application materials will be destroyed at the end of the selection procedure.Further information on Bielefeld University can be found on our homepage.

Postal Address Universität Bielefeld SFB 1288Frau Sabrina TimmerP.O. Box: 10 01 31 33501 Bielefeld Germany

ContactName: Dr. Silke Schwandt Phone: (+49) 0521 106-3245Email:

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family friendly university. The University welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and Trades and Craft. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.