Job advertisement No. 64/2018

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers (Ph.D. Research Positions) (m/f/d)

The Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology – Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – Program Area C, Research and Development, is looking to employ two

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers (Ph.D. Research Positions) (m/f/d)

to work in the Visual Analytics Research Group (Prof. Dr. Ewerth) at the earliest possible date (latest start: July 1st, 2019). The positions are limited to three years. The working time is 100% of the regular weekly working time (39.8 hours/week).

The positions are available in the context of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) CLEOPATRA: “Cross-lingual Event-centric Open Analytics Research Academy” (

The CLEOPATRA ITN offers a unique interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research and training programme, which will explore how we can begin to analyse and understand the major events that influence and shape our lives and our societies. It will facilitate advanced cross-lingual processing of textual and visual information related to key contemporary events at scale, and will develop innovative methods for efficient and intuitive user access to and interaction with multilingual information.

Dependent on the individual research project, successful candidates will have a strong background in Computer Science or Digital Humanities (an outstanding MSc degree in the corresponding discipline). Good proficiency in English is expected; knowledge of further European languages is of advantage. International experience during your studies or afterwards as well as good social and communication skills are helpful.

As a successful candidate, you will:

  • Conduct research on your PhD topic at TIB in the context of the CLEOPATRA project.
  • Provide important input to the development of integrated cross-lingual data analytics platforms.
  • Actively participate in the training programme offered by the CLEOPATRA ITN.
  • Engage with researchers at CLEOPATRA partner organisations across the EU.
  • Conduct research visits and secondments according to the individual career development plan.

PhD Topic 1: Relations of textual and visual Information
Develop and research (deep) learning systems that are able to 1.) find the paragraphs and sentences in a text which are relevant to image content, and 2.) predict the granularity and semantic level of text-image relations.

PhD Topic 2: Contextualisation of images in multilingual sources
Research how surrounding text information can be utilized to infer and refine spatial and temporal information about an image in multilingual Web sources to support cross-lingual alignment.


A successfully completed, subject-related university degree (e.g., MSc in Computer Science or equivalent) is required.

Familiarity with one or more of the following areas is of advantage: multimodal data analysis, natural language processing, computer vision, information extraction, machine learning, semantic technologies, or human computer interaction.

To be eligible the applicant must satisfy the mobility requirements of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, as explained in full detail on pages 6 to 20. According to these guidelines, at the time of recruitment, the potential candidate “must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951) are not taken into account.” Furthermore, according to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie rules, Early-Stage Researchers shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, “be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree”.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.

What we offer

In TIB’s Department of Research and Development, you have the opportunity to start your scientific career in a dynamic and excellent research environment. We provide a scientifically and intellectually inspiring environment with an entrepreneurial mindset embedded in a leading technical university and one of the largest technical information centres being part of the Leibniz Association.

Currently, there are five research groups in the department: Data Science and Digital Libraries, Scientific Data Engineering, Knowledge Infrastructures, Learning and Skills Analytics, and Visual Analytics. Common to all research groups is the vision to rethink the representation and provision of data and information and to organize them in Open Knowledge Graphs. There is a close cooperation with the Research Center L3S of Leibniz University Hannover - the L3S is one of the world's leading research institutes in the fields of Web & Data Science. Last but not least, we attach great importance to an open and creative working atmosphere with flat hierarchies in which it is fun to work.

Funding is available for equipment, conference and research visit travel.

Qualified candidates will start in pay scale group 13 TV-L of the German public service pay-scale.

If you are interested, questions regarding the position can be addressed to the head of the Visual Analytics Research Group, Prof. Dr. Ralph Ewerth (ralph.ewerthtibeu).

How to apply

Please send your complete application documents (CV and a brief motivational statement incl. your research interests) with the subject 64/2018 before 20 February 2019 either as a single PDF document file to bewerbungtibeu or by post addressed to

Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
Herrn Daniel Eilers
Welfengarten 1 B
30167 Hannover

Please do not send emails larger than 10 MB.

Who we are

TIB, being part of the Leibniz Research Association, is with around 550 employees one of the largest technical information centres in Germany, having three main functions:

  1. Acting in the capacity of the Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, our forward-looking services secure the infrastructural requirements for providing researchers in science and industry with high-quality information and literature.
  2. Carrying out cutting edge research to further expand TIB’s role as a German information centre for the digitisation of science and technology
  3. Offer library services for the Leibniz University Hannover.

TIB is an equal opportunity employer, providing ideal working conditions, and continuously taking action to enable its employees to combine career interests with family life.

Severely disabled candidates with comparable qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Please note that your application documents will not be returned, and application and travel costs cannot be reimbursed.

We look forward to receiving your application!