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GeoInformation and Earth Obeservation Researcher (m/f/d)

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), Frankfurt am Main

Stellenangebot vom 05.06.2019

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and
is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN conducts natural history research with almost 800
employees and research institutions in six federal states. Within SGN, the Senckenberg Biodiversity
and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) explores the interactions between biodiversity, climate, and

For the EU-funded research project Essential Variables Workflows for Resource Efficiency and Environmental Management (GEOEssential), we invite applications for

GeoInformation and Earth Observation Researcher (m/f/d)

(full time position)

GEOEssential (http://www.geoessential.eu/) is one of the four ERA-Planet projects (http://www.eraplanet.eu/), supported by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. GEOEssential aims to strengthen the European Research Area by evaluating existing structures and platforms, and by providing new applications in the field of Earth Observation (EO) to monitor the progresses in environmental conditions towards policy targets. It will create cross-thematic workflows to evaluate, predict and monitor natural resources with Earth Observation tools, in particular in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

SBiK-F leads the biodiversity and ecosystem workpackage of the GEOEssential. In close collaboration with other institutes, this work package will map the relevant data landscape and institutions develop specific workflows for variables and indicators, evaluate the application of EO products to inform dynamic models, review the exiting policy and reporting needs, and finally transfer the annotated processing services and workflows for biodiversity and ecosystem to the GEOEssential dashboard.

The project is funded till September 2020. The outcomes will be open access and made readily available for the project steering committee, and the EU Commission. The work will be conducted in close cooperation with Dr. Aidin Niamir and Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler. Scientific publications are planned in addition.

The extension of a successful cooperation is envisioned in upcoming projects.

Your tasks

  • Develop workflows and processing services in R or Python for biodiversity and ecosystem variables and indicators
  • Formalize processing services and workflows, annotation and documentation, warping it up in a container platform e.g. Docker
  • Review and feasibility analysis of the Copernicus and other relevant EO products
  • Analysis of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and its tools to discover, access, and process EO data suitable for the selected indicators
  • Prepare scientific publications and discussion of the results at national and international conferences
  • Support the workpackage leaders with management and administration tasks

Your profile

  • You hold a MSc or PhD degree in Earth Observation and Geo-Information Science, Computer Science, Geography, Environmental Science, or any other related field
  • You have experience in programming, process and workflow development using open source platforms
  • You have a broad knowledge in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem research and have an overview on global EO products related to biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring
  • You have experiences in handling EO products and large spatio-temporal data

What is awaiting you?

  • An interesting task in a dynamic team of researchers in an international research group
  • The possibility to build and extend your network with scientists at an international level and to attend national and international conferences
  • Several meetings/workshops in Germany and across the EU are expected
  • Flexible working hours – annual special payment – company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt

Salary and benefits are in accordance with a public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13). The contract shall start immediately and will be limited to 14 months.

The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference.

The place of work is in Frankfurt am Main at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F). The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #11-19013) by June 23, 2019 (deadline) by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including a cover letter describing your suitability and motivation, a detailed CV, relevant credentials and certificates, list of publications, and contact details of two potential references to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt


For scientific enquiries please feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler, thomas.hickler(at)senckenberg.de, or Dr. Aidin Niamir, aidin.niamir(at)senckenberg.de.


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