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Two Data Curators (f/m)
University of Bayreuth
The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in
research and teaching. At the beginning of 2019, the „Africa Multiple“ Cluster of Excellence (EXC 2052) will commence
operations with funding from the Excellence Strategy of Germany‘s federal and state governments. The aim of the cluster is
to reconfigure African studies at both the conceptual and the structural levels. The cluster is conceived as a transformative
space for the systematic study of African and African diasporic ways of life, enabling new forms of inter- and transdisciplinary
The new position within the cluster need to be filled by January 1st, 2019 or soon thereafter. Successful applicants will
carry out a wide variety of activities in a dynamic and motivated team focusing on a strategically important field of work.
Two Data Curator (E 13, TV-L)
These positions will be under the leadership of the Vice Dean of Digital Solutions in the Cluster
of Excellence. The postholders will work closely with the Chair of Databases and Information
Systems and will be supported by the IT Service Centre of the University of Bayreuth. The
field of activity comprises various activities in connection with the development of the digital
research environment in the Cluster of Excellence. The inter- and transdisciplinary research
projects involve researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences, along
with geoscientists and environmental scientists. Accordingly, data from numerous academic
disciplines and different sources will flow into the repositories of the cluster. Four partner
institutions in Africa will be linked to the cluster and will also be integrated into the digital
In particular, their responsibilities will include the following:
communication with the scholars in the Cluster of Excellence (including the partner
institutions in Africa) and support in the storage of their data, their data management, data
analysis, and network mapping in the repositories;
development of technical and content-based solutions for the inter- and transdisciplinary
use of data;
creative participation in the development of fluid ontologies by dynamically linking metadata
relating to a wide range of data (texts, interviews, films, satellite data, statistics, internet,
social media, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, etc.);
maintenance of the cluster‘s data-based communication structures.
We welcome applications from candidates with the following profile:
preferably a university degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Cultural Studies, or Earth
Sciences with excellent computer skills and skills in digitization projects;
alternatively, a completed degree in Computer Science with knowledge of one of the abovementioned
skills in the independent adaptation of existing software (databases or methods of data
tagging and enrichment);
an interest in software development processes;
proven experience in working with repositories;
a main focus in the area of interdisciplinary data management as well as in the analysis of
metadata and/or a main focus in the area of digital communication;
an excellent command of English (other foreign languages would be an asset);
the ability to work under pressure and well-honed social skills in dealing with the scholars in
the Cluster of Excellence.
Applicants are requested to state their motivation in the cover letter and to include at least
one reference in the CV.
If the personal and collectively agreed conditions are met, the salary will fall into the pay grade
E 13 TV-L. The place of employment is Bayreuth. The successful applicant will initially be hired
for a period of two years. An extension of five years is possible if the activities are successful.
All qualifications being equal, severely disabled applicants will be given priority. The University seeks to increase the proportion of women involved in research
and teaching and therefore particularly welcomes female applicants.
Please send your application documents (keeping in mind any specific documents requested with the application) to the Executive Board of the Cluster of Excellence „Africa Multiple“ by e-mail
as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB) by December 12th, 2018: Applications.EXC2052@uni-bayreuth.de.
In case of questions, please contact Dr. Doris Löhr, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Franz Kogelmann, email@example.com.