We are looking for a senior software developer and development team manager who is motivated to
work on the interdisciplinary field of education software development, more specifically focusing on
utilizing artificial intelligence for education purposes. The successful candidate will also be co-
ordinating the development efforts by supervising junior developers, student helpers, and third-party
suppliers and will offer courses (usually one course per semester), for example in one of our study
programs (BSc. / MSc. Empirische Bildungsforschung und Pädagogische Psychologie).

The position comes with a 6-year contract and the candidate is expected to start as soon as pos-
sible. However, the specific starting date is negotiable to accommodate the candidate’s individual
circumstances. The Hector Research Institute is a nationally and internationally leading research cen-
ter in education sciences and psychology. Our interdisciplinary team works in a well-equipped building
close to the historic old town of Tübingen, Germany (www.hib.uni-tuebingen.de). The institute aims
to create a research hub focusing on digital education, and we are looking for candidates who can
make a significant contribution to its establishment and further development.

• PhD graduate with a degree in computer science, computational linguistics, software engi-
neering, machine learning, artificial intelligence or related fields.
• At least 3 years of full-stack software development experience, proficient in commonly used
programming languages such Java, Python, Node, as well as technologies and frameworks
such as Servlets, Hibernate, Angular, XML, XSLT and so on.
• Experience with intelligent education system development as demonstrated by practical sys-
tems using artificial intelligence technologies such as natural language processing and ma-
chine learning technologies as well as Learning Analytics.
• Experience with education research, familiar with education research processes, data collec-
tion, data analysis with statistical tools such R or SPSS, demonstrated abilities to write high-
quality research papers for publication.
• Preferably at least one year of software development team management experience and the
ability to conduct project budget control, implement agile project management, and coordinate
the team efforts to achieve development goals effectively and efficiently.
• Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting seminars at the Bachelor and Master’s
degree level.

The position holder will benefit from unique opportunities, including:
• Close collaboration, mentoring, and professional development with support from the institute
• Work with an inspiring, multidisciplinary, and international team that includes many other tal-
ented postdocs and PhD candidates
• Supportive environment to enable presentations at national and international conferences and
publications in highly ranked journals to advance an (international) academic career
• Opportunities for interdisciplinary and international exchange programs (e.g., lab visits)
• Possibility to participate in the institute's own postdoctoral academy PACE (Tübingen Post-
doctoral Academy for Research on Education) which offers further training, coaching, and
mentoring at postdoctoral level.
• Opportunity to join the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network (www.lead.uni-
tuebingen.de) to develop a cross-faculty collaborative interdisciplinary research network.
For further inquiries about the position, please reach out to Professor Ulrich Trautwein (Ulrich.tra-
utwein@uni-tuebingen.de ) or Dr. Xiaobin Chen (xiaobin.chen@uni-tuebingen.de).
How to apply?
Please send the following documents in a single PDF file via email with the subject line “Postdoc
Software Development” to jobs@hib.uni-tuebingen.de until March 20, 2023:
1. Cover letter detailing (1) your motivation to pursue a career at the university, and (2) your
past experiences related to the position
2. CV
3. Degree(s) and other certificates
4. Reference letters (optional)
Disabled candidates will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants. The University
seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women
to apply for these positions. Employment will be officially organized by the central university admin-

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