Job Opening for Postdoc / Senior Researcher on OpenStreetMap Road Quality Analysis

If you’re on the job market or know someone who is, check out this exciting new opening from our partners at GIScience. The offer is included as text below!

You are interested in enhancing methods for analyzing & improving OpenStreetMap data? You are an experienced Spatial Data Scientist innovating geoinformatics methods & workflows? You have profound hands-on experience on contributing to & working with OpenStreetMap (OSM) data?

We are looking as soon as possible for a senior researcher / Postdoc (m/f/d) in the context of a project aiming at developing, evaluating & advancing methods & technologies for OSM data quality analysis. The application domain will be routing & navigation. The goal is to innovate robust & meaningful approaches for evaluating OSM data quality for transportation (fitness for purpose), which actually can be applied in practice. Ensuring transferability of the methods to usage around the globe is a key focus.

You will be working closely together with the teams at both the GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University, as well as the associated Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology ( At HeiGIT a team is already working at developing a comprehensive open source framework for OSM data analysis ( This can be a base for further developments in the analysis of OSM data quality targeted to routing & navigation. In addition GIScience & HeiGIT jointly develop the open source OSM routing platform which allows detailed insights & discussions about realizing OSM based mobility services.

We offer an attractive position (up to 100%, part time possible if preferred) in an interdisciplinary dynamic team and in a cutting-edge research field. The department is, among others, a member of the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) and a founding member of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE). The affiliated institute HeiGIT gGmbH translates the research into practical applications. The Heidelberg University of Excellence (top 3 national university ranking) offers a particularly stimulating interdisciplinary research environment in one of Germany’s most attractive cities, with many attractive personal development & education opportunities.

We expect an PhD and above-average university degree preferably in one of the subjects such as geoinformatics, computer science, data science, geography or similar disciplines. In addition to a strong team spirit & high motivation, excellent & demonstrated broad methodological skills & research experience in GIScience are required, e.g. in topics such as Spatial Data Science & Machine Learning. In addition we expect a deep understanding of OSM, programming skills (e.g. Python, Java or R), the ability to work effective & efficient in a team, as well as excellent communication & presentation skills. The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is initially limited to 3 years, with potential extension to 6 years. The remuneration is according to TV-L E13. Please send your meaningful application documents (cv, certificates, references, etc.) as soon as possible digitally to

We are looking forward to your application!


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