Biological Anthropology at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg is looking for a highly motivated

Researcher (m/f/d)

Our research project ′Establishing Semantic Research Data Modelling in Biological Anthropology′′ aims to improve research data management and curation in biologi­cal anthropology by providing appropriate infrastructure. This involves creating a web-based information system for acquisition and tracking of osteological data and subsequent research using the curated data base.
We expect a very high level of self-organisation as well as a creative and solution-oriented mindset. Applicants will be responsible to keep to the production schedule and should be capable of excellent time management, of working in a team and of actively communicating both in-house and with partners abroad. Compliance with predefined workflows is mandatory. The project is experimental in nature and specific to modelling osteological re­search data in biological anthropology. As a consequence, we are looking for a creative and open-minded collaborator instead of targeting applicants with specific qualifications.

We offer:

  • advanced training to improve individual skills in semantic information sys­tems
  • opportunities for active participation in international conferences


The main task will be adaptation of an existing software framework for a domain-specific RDF ontology. This work will mainly concern the front end but might entail framework adjustments. The primary sub-tasks will be:
  • designing the software concept with us
  • autonomous implementation of said software concept
  • testing and optimising the software
  • tight collaboration with international project partners

Required skills:

  • master or equivalent degree
  • experience with semantic web technologies (RDF, SPARQL)
  • OR experience in software development
  • excellent oral and written knowledge of English

Desired qualifications:

  • background in biological or related sciences
  • adequate knowledge of the code versioning system git
  • knowledge of the programming language TypeScript
The position is available as of now and limited to 18 months. Payment and benefits will be according to the German TV-L pay scale (E 13). The search will be continued until the position is filled.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please upload your documents as a compressed archive file – including a letter of motivation, CV, research statement (max. 1 page), a list of publications and contact information of two references – to our portal: https://ckan.anthropologie.uni-freiburg.de/owncloud/index.php/s/U5Dbib2uDBjYBeL

For further inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Stefan Schlager