[Ieee_vis_open_positions] Postdoc at University of Leipzig

Gerik Scheuermann scheuermann at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Mon May 13 20:28:01 CEST 2013

Open PhD Position within ESF-funded Project
„The Billion Word Library“
within the Image and Signal Processing Group, University of Leipzig
Project description:
Our goal is to help re-invent library infrastructure, establishing Leipzig as 
a leading institution in a new information infrastructure, one that builds 
upon its traditional expertise with print, but that also looks to the 
challenges and opportunities of managing vast flows of cultural information 
across the globe, serving communities long separated, not only by space, but 
by language and culture. Thereby, we will work with scalable data and billions 
of OCR-generated words. The final infrastructure will allow to dynamically 
address distinct levels in the hierarchy of a text (e.g. section, sentence, 
word). Various metadata dimensions will furthermore allow flexible faceted 
queries. The University Library of Leipzig and the Natural Language Processing 
Group bear the responsibility for data and metadata management.
The task within the context of this vacancy is the management and supervision 
of a junior research team in the Image and Signal Processing Group, which 
consists of two additional PhD students, and the conception of novel 
visualization methods. The task of the junior research team is the development 
of a visualization environment for the produced data (e.g. words of text 
documents, texts in various languages, pictures in douments) and metadata 
(e.g. space, time, language) of this project. With the given multifacetedness 
there is an ample scope to develop novel methods in information visualization 
with the focus on text visualization.
We require:
PhD in computer science with a topic in visualization after the 1st of June 
Experiences in Digital Humanities 
Interest in interdisciplinary work with humanities partners 
Very good skills in software and web development 
Experiences in JavaScript, Java, HTML und CSS 
High commitment and flexibility 
Communication skills and capacity for teamwork 
Experiences in writing funding proposals 
Experiences in building-up international cooperations
We afford:
The opportunity to expand the individual leadership qualities in an 
interesting area of research 
Work in a receptive, interdisciplinary team
Vacancy details:
The candidate gets a full-time position according to TV-L E13 (~3.500€ before 
tax). Since the duration of the project is limited, the position is limited to 
1,5 years. A subsequent employment is possible, but depends on aquiring 
further funding.
Prof. Dr. Gerik Scheuermann
Universitaet Leipzig
Institut fuer Informatik
PF 100920
04009 Leipzig
E-Mail: scheuermann at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
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