The department Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) at the Institute for Applied Computer Science at University of Bonn and Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) is interested in acquiring new talent. The primary objective of the research group is to advance research and technology in the field of enterprise information systems & semantic technologies and to widely apply this research in large-scale use cases. A particular focus of research and technology is information, data and knowledge integration employing Linked Data strategies. The department is committed to the open source, open access and open knowledge movements. We are looking for candidates aiming to take the challenge to help building up one of the leading international research groups in the area of enterprise information systems and semantic technologies.

Research Associate / PhD Student on Open Access Publishing in Social Science

initially 50% full-time equivalent TV-L 13

We are looking for a Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter(in)) to work in the OSCOSS (Opening Scholarly Communication in Social Sciences) project. Initial appointment will be at least until the end of 2017 (or up to 3 years if this is the start of your PhD studies), starting as soon as possible. A combination with contracts in other, related projects of the EIS department is possible.

You will design a software architecture for collaboratively authoring, reviewing and reading social science papers connected to research datasets, source code repositories and publication databases. You will implement this architecture based on existing software systems and support our application partner GESIS (Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) in evaluating this implementation in the real-world scenario of publication workflows for their journals.

You will be able to use the results you achieve in the project for working towards a doctoral dissertation.

We offer:

  • Close supervision by the senior members of the OSCOSS research team at the University of Bonn and GESIS
  • Financial support to attend relevant conferences
  • Close interaction with colleagues working on related projects in the fields of scientific information systems and open educational resources (OpenAIRE2020, SlideWiki)
  • The possibility to teach and supervise students on topics related to the project
  • The possibility to obtain a discounted public transport ticket


  • A Master degree in a relevant field (Computer Science, Information Sciences or equivalent)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Proficiency in German is a plus.
  • Proficiency in modern programming languages and modern software engineering methodologies. In particular, proficiency in collaborative editing solutions with JavaScript frontends, PHP and Python for web application backends, XML technologies and web services is required for OSCOSS.
  • Proven team software development skills.
  • Familiarity with Digital Libraries, Semantic Web, Text Mining, Data Analytics, and Social Science is an asset.

How to apply:

Please send to the Enterprise Information Systems group a CV, a master certificate or university transcripts, a motivation letter clearly addressing each of the requirements laid out above and including a short research plan focused on the topics of the OSCOSS project, two letters of recommendation, and an English writing sample (e.g. prior publication or master thesis excerpt). Please include "OSCOSS" in your email subject and indicate whether you would like to do a PhD with us.

Applications will be processed continuously. Please indicate your intent to apply as soon as possible. Full applications arriving before 12 August 2016 will be given full consideration.

Please direct informal enquiries to the same email address. The University of Bonn is an equal opportunities employer.

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Post-doctoral Researchers / Research Group Leaders

What we are looking for: The ideal candidate holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science or a related field and is able to combine theoretical and practical aspects in her work. The candidate is expected to build up her own research group and should have a track record in at least three (and be committed to expand it to more) of the following areas:

  • publication of research results in renowned, peer-reviewed journals and conferences of her field
  • proven software engineering skills and the ability to develop mature software components beyond pure research prototypes
  • successful supervision of bachelor, master and doctoral students
  • close collaboration with other research groups, industry, NGOs as well as open-source and community initiatives, for example, in the context of publicly funded collaborative research projects
  • successfully competing for funding by national and international funding bodies
  • transfer and commercialization of research results, for example, through open-source software, contractual research and development for industry, licensing, spin-off companies,

Due to the strong affiliation with Fraunhofer IAIS particular emphasis will be on the successful transfer of research results into high-impact industrial and societal applications. Fluent English communication skills are a fundamental requirement; command of German language is a plus.

Fields: The candidate should have a background in field relevant for Enterprise Information Systems, such as:

  • semantic web technologies and linked data
  • knowledge representations and ontology engineering
  • software engineering and modern application development
  • database technologies and data integration
  • HCI and user interface design for Web content

What we offer: We provide an scientifically and intellectually inspiring environment with an entrepreneurial mindset embedded in a world-leading university and one of the largest research organizations. Our primary aim is to provide the environment and resources to make the research group leaders successful in their field.

  • Research group leaders will have initially one or two PhD student positions assigned.
  • There is initial funding available for equipment, conference and research visit travel and all costs required for a successful built-up of the research group.
  • A portfolio of technology components to build on, including DBpedia, LinkedGeoData, OntoWiki, NLP Interchange Format, RDFaCE, SlideWiki etc.
  • The group is already engaged in a number of research projects at the national and European level (cf. EIS projects)
  • Qualified candidates will start initially in level TV-L 14 of the German public service pay-scale (approx. 2,200-2,900 Euro net monthly salary depending on experience including all German social benefits) with the option to be quickly promoted.

The positions start as soon as possible, are open until filled and will be granted initially for 2 years with envisioned extension.

How to apply: Please indicate your willingness to apply as soon as possible with a short email and send your CV, two publications, 1-2 letters of reference and a two pages motivational statement (incl. research, funding and transfer ambitions) to Please do not send emails larger than 10 MB.


The university and Bonn region provide an exceptional environment for successful research and a high quality of live.

University of Bonn

The University of Bonn offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate programs in a range of subjects. Its library holds more than two million volumes. The University of Bonn has 525 professors and 31,000 students. Among its notable alumni and faculty are seven Nobel Laureates, two Fields Medalists, twelve Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners, Pope Benedict XVI, Frederick III, Karl Marx, Heinrich Heine, Friedrich Nietzsche, Konrad Adenauer, and Joseph Schumpeter. University of Bonn is constantly ranked among the best universities in Germany, Europe and world-wide.

Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS)

With its workforce of nearly 280 employees, Fraunhofer IAIS combines the competences and scientific qualities of all engineering disciplines - especially informatics, and mathematics, natural sciences, business economics, geo and social sciences - with profound industry expertise. IAIS has a budget of approx. 20 million euros the institute implements application solutions in the fields of machine learning, multimedia pattern recognition, visual analytics, process intelligence, adaptive robotics and cooperating objects.

City of Bonn

Bonn is a city on the banks of the Rhine River in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It was capital of West Germany till 1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany till 1999. Bonn is located right next to Cologne (Germany's fourth largest city) in the very south of the Rhine-Ruhr region, the largest metropolitan area of Germany. While being a cultural, political, scientific and economic hub Bonn has preserved its historic charm. Comparative worldwide studies have confirmed for many years that Bonn offers an outstanding quality of life. Surrounded by some of the most delightful countryside in Europe, its residents have a wide range of recreational options. Bonn has developed into a hub of international cooperation in particular in the area of environment and sustainable development and currently hosts 18 United Nations institutions. Bonn is located at the most frequented German high-speed ICE rail line, shares with Cologne one of the busiest German airports and is just a 40 minutes train ride away from Frankfurt airport. Many European metropolies such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Luxembourg are in easy reach by train.

Frequently Asked Questions

What salary do you offer?

You will typically be an employee and paid according to the German public service pay-scale. At the university, the state tariff TV-L applies; at Fraunhofer, the similar federal tariff TVöD-Bund applies. Researchers will typically get an employment contract in the following groups of the pay scale:

  • PhD students: group 13 (initially starting with 50% full-time equivalent; contracts with a higher workload, e.g., 65%, may be possible for jobs with a higher responsibility)
  • Postdocs: group 13 (100% full-time equivalent) for junior postdocs; group 14 for senior postdocs with higher responsibility

Within these groups, there are up to 5 “experience steps”. New PhD students or postdocs typically start on step 1. By default, you rise to step 2 after 1 year on step 1, to step 3 after 2 years on step 2, etc.

Employees' salaries include a contribution to the social insurance; i.e. you enjoy full social benefits. The salaries are subject to taxation. The tax rate depends on various factors including your family status and membership in religious communities. These are typical figures for an unmarried person (as of 2015)

  • starting PhD student at the University (50% TV-L 13 step 1): ~21,500 € per year gross, ~14,500 € per year net (i.e. ~1,220 € per month)
  • senior PhD student with a higher responsibility (65% TV-L 13 step 3): ~32,700 € per year gross, ~20,000 € per year net (i.e. ~1,700 € per month)
  • senior postdoc at Fraunhofer (100% TVöD-Bund 14 step 3): ~56,000 € per year gross, ~31,300 € per year net (i.e. ~2,610 € per month)

Some PhD students and in exceptional cases also postdocs receive a scholarship. A typical PhD scholarship amounts to 1,468 € a month (neither subject to taxation nor to social insurance contributions, but you need to get your own health insurance for ~70 € a month).

What is the cost of living in Bonn?

Sample figures for the monthly rent are 350 € for a room in a house share (WG), 600–800 € for apartments suitable for two persons, 800–1,000 € for a family. All figures given here assume unfurnished rooms; they include heating and water but neither electricity nor telecommunication.

With an employment contract you can obtain a discounted public transport ticket for Bonn and its surroundings; this will cost around 45–60 € a month.


For inquiries regarding PostDoc positions please contact Sören Auer, for inquiries regarding PhD student positions contact EIS leaders.