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Senior Researcher

The Data Science & Intelligent Systems (DSIS) research group at the Computer Science Institute III, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany, lead by Professor Elena Demidova is looking for:


Senior Researcher

(in temporary civil servant status, full time)

(Akademische Rätin/Rat im Beamtenverhältnis auf Zeit (A13, Vollzeit))


in one of the following areas: machine learning, data mining, spatio-temporal data analysis, starting at the earliest date possible.

The DSIS research group develops innovative methods to represent, analyse and learn from very large spatio-temporal datasets in various application areas, including, for example, mobility. Furthermore, we address the usability, explainability, and traceability aspects of data analysis.

Your responsibilities:

  • You advance the DSIS research agenda and develop an internationally competitive publication record in collaboration with the DSIS research group.
  • You take the leading role in the acquisition of competitive third-party funded research projects.
  • You take responsibility for the research project management.
  • You guide doctoral candidates, master students and bachelor students at DSIS towards successful graduation.
  • You conduct teaching in data science, machine learning, databases, and information retrieval at undergraduate and graduate levels in English and German languages. The teaching load is 4 hours per week.

Your profile:

  • University degree (master and doctorate) in computer science or related fields of study
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more relevant areas (s. above)
  • Practical experience with current machine learning methods and libraries such as Apache Spark MLlib, Tensorflow, and Keras, database management systems for spatio-temporal data such as Postgres / PostGis, as well as technologies for distributed data processing such as Hadoop, HBase, and Spark
  • Teaching experience at the university level
  • Ability to lead a research team
  • Experience in research funding acquisition
  • Very good written and spoken English and German
  • Good communication and team skills
  • International experience is desirable

We offer:

  • A varied and demanding job in a group of excellent scientists at one of the leading universities in Germany
  • A salary at the government pay-scale A13 in temporary civil servant status full time
  • The contract duration of 3 years, an extension is possible, subject to career stage and performance
  • Financial support to attend related conferences 
  • Very good transport links and the possibility of purchasing a VRS major customer ticket
  • University pension scheme (VBL)
  • Numerous offers of university sports


If you are interested in this position, please send your complete application documents, including a motivation letter, research statement, curriculum vitae, certificates and transcripts, as well as the names of two referees, as one PDF file per email to elena.demidova at

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Elena Demidova per email elena.demidova at 


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