Scientific activities / projects

Software Research for Visualization and Analysis of Big Data

Starting date

1 January 2020

Duration of contract

3 years


up to the German TVöD 14

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Many applications at DLR produce large structured and unstructured datasets. They are not only related to scientific and technical applications but can also stem from public administrations and insurance companies. Even the public might provide data to the heterogeneous data pool (Citizen Science).
Access, exploration and analysis of that data allows humans to come to an understanding of complex processes and enables a purposive shaping of the world. In particular, data-driven modeling with methods of machine learning plays an increasingly important role here.

At Jena, the new DLR institute of Data Science is looking for computer scientists to investigate and develop new analysis and visualization approaches:

  • design and development of generic Visual Analytics modules for a platform for the analysis of earth system data
  • integration of Data Mining methods
  • efficient coupling of data management and data mining with interfaces for user interaction
  • investigation of advanced information visualization approaches for high-dimensional probabilistic models considering DLR-specific applications
  • extension of an existing Visual Analytics framework for Bayesian Data Analysis
  • exploration of advanced, generic visual analytics techniques for the evaluation and comparison of machine learning models
  • research on methods for multi-user systems and multi-touch displays with respect to cognitive aspects.
  • evaluation of the overall system with respect to efficiency, user acceptance, and risk of misinterpretations

We are currently looking for an experienced scientist with proven multi-year research experience in information visualization or visual analytics. A completed PhD in this area is of great advantage. You should have an in-depth knowledge of software development and a solid education in math, data mining or machine learning. We see as a basic requirement that you have the power to put things into practice. In addition, basic knowledge in cognitive science and human-machine interaction are very helpful for system development and assessment.

We are looking for highly motivated people with the ambition to initiate new projects with other DLR institutes as well as research institutions located in Thuringia, Germany. We are offering an environment where people can bring in own ideas. We expect that new projects are inspired and advanced methods are investigated. Part of your job will also be the presentation of your research on international conferences and in scientific journals. We are offering an exciting, friendly, and flexible working environment which also provides part time.

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (M.Sc.) in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related engineering field
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science desired
  • experience in (independently) establishing new fields of research, including work with internal and external partners and acquisition of third-party funding
  • experience in the independent and autonomous handling of complex research tasks
  • in-depth knowledge of information visualization and visual analytics
  • in-depth knowledge of software development (e.g. Python, JavaScript / CSS / HTML)
  • knowledge of software engineering tools (e.g. Git, Jenkins) as well as parallel computing (MPI, OpenMP, CUDA, etc.)
  • several years of professional experience or proven research experience (in the form of scientific contributions to relevant national and international conferences and / or scientific journals) in the fields of visual analytics, information visualization and / or software development
  • fluent in spoken and written English

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Institute of Data Science

Phone: +49 3641 30960-135

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