Imaging Scientist (f/m/d)

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University of Göttingen - State and University Library
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Göttingen (Germany)
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Thursday, 28 July, 2022 - 00:00

At the University of Göttingen - Public Law Foundation -, Göttingen State and University Library, there is a position as

Imaging Scientist (f/m/d)
- Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L/100% -

to be filled. Starting date is as soon as possible. The position is permanent.

The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L).

The Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen) is one of the largest academic libraries in Germany. The Library holds more than about 9 million printed items and digital resources including exceptional special collections of rare books, manuscripts, maps and other cultural artefacts. The SUB Göttingen offers a wide range of services supporting the needs of students, academics and researchers as well as the wider public. It serves as a central hub of Digital Humanities and digitization at a national level and beyond. This post, newly created with partial funding from the Volkswagenstiftung, is intended to provide innovative digital approaches to analysing and interpreting written sources and other historical evidence, and to establish imaging science as an important new research area at Göttingen University.

The postholder will be based at the Göttingen Digitisation Centre (GDZ) and will specialise in various imaging technologies such as multi- and hyperspectral imaging, as well as classical high-end digitization of historical cultural assets. The Imaging Scientist will collaborate with and provide scientific analysis support to scholars at Göttingen University and worldwide by operating equipment and processing the data into plausible research results.


Develop technical workflows for image processing, image improvement and data management
Support research into innovative uses of recent spectroscopic technologies in order to improve the text retrieval of damaged text-carriers
Teach classes about recent digital imaging technologies and the practical application of these on the material object (4 weekly hours of teaching per semester at the Institute for Digital Humanities)
Cooperate with the Lecturer in Digital Palaeography at the Institute for Digital Humanities, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and with other humanities researchers as well as natural scientists in Göttingen, especially those in the Digital Humanities and from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Organise and conduct mobile application of imaging technology in research seminars and projects worldwide

Your profile:

Master degree in a field related to Digital Imaging, preferably in Optics, Engineering, Computer Science, Informatics or Applied Physics

Required experience:

Solid experience in handling complex technical equipment, especially working with multispectral imaging systems
Applied knowledge of multiresolution image processing and data management
Broad grounding in image quality fundamentals and image enhancement techniques, including optics, camera systems, lighting and display technologies
Python, ENVI, ImageJ/Fiji or MATLAB programming expertise
Ability to collaborate with colleagues and scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds and to explain complex technical matters in clear, accessible language
Fluency in English or German; basic knowledge of the other language would be an asset

Preferred skillset:

Completed PhD thesis. Proof of professional suitability for the position must be provided by relevant publications.
Teaching experience
Basic skills in handling rare books, manuscripts, and other cultural heritage artefacts
Basic understanding of the preservation requirements for rare books, manuscripts, and cultural heritage objects
Basic knowledge of Latin
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Strong organizational and communication skills

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please upload your application in one pdf file including the usual documents until 28 July 2022 on the application portal ( of the university. For more information get in touch with Dr. Mona Kirsch (, +49 551 39-25236 (tel.).

Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (PDF 145 KB).