We are glad to announce that we, again, will offer a paid internship in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD). If you are an undergraduate student, interested in software engineering or statistics, and coming from the Greece, Italy, Portugal, or Spain, get yourself started and do an 8-12 weeks internship in summer or autumn 2013, fully paid. And if you are not applicable to apply for the internship – please tell your friends to apply! 🙂

Your project

Your research question to answer will be “How to provide (better) research paper recommendations to our users?”. As such, it will be your task to support the Docear team in researching how the interests of Docear’s users can be identified from the users’ mind maps and how these interests can be matched with interesting items to recommend. You will do literature research, create new ideas, analyze user data, and implement new recommendation approaches in JAVA. Of course, you don’t have to do all of this alone – you will be closely cooperating with the Docear team. Your work will be integrated into Docear and used by thousands of researchers around the world. If your work is outstanding, we will write a research paper with you.


You should have a profound knowledge of the programming language JAVA. Knowledge in statistics, machine learning, other programming languages (especially C/++ or Python) and/or MySQL, neo4j, Hibernate, Jersey, REST Web Services, Tomcat, and Apache is a plus, but not a requirement. Of course, we would appreciate if you spoke German but it would be no problem if you only spoke English. We would prefer, if you apply for a long internship (12 weeks) but you can also apply for a shorter internship. If you are interested in combining your internship with writing a Bachelor thesis, please let us know in advance (this would be highly welcome). You can start at any date you want in summer or autumn 2013.

Important: If you don’t want to program but have profound knowledge in statistics you are also very welcome to apply. In this case you will support us evaluating how good our current recommender system is, and you will help us generating ideas for improvements. Please indicate in your application clearly that you are not interested in software development but in statistics.

Magdeburg (Germany) and around

Docear is a part of the Data and Knowledge Engineering Group (DKE) of Prof. Dr. Andreas Nürnberger at the computer science department at Otto-von-Guericke University (OvGU), Germany. The OvGU is a rather young university located in the center of Magdeburg. Especially the computer science department is well equipped and in a newly renovated building. For more information about the university read here.  Magdeburg has a nice cultural life, beautiful parks, and a big shopping mall. Housing is rather cheap. You may get a room in a shared flat for as little as 150€ a month (however, slightly over 200€ is more realistic). Read more about Magdeburg on Wikitravel and keep in mind that Berlin (German’s vibrant capital) is just an hour away.


650€ a month plus health insurance, accident and private liability insurance plus 160€ pocket money for travelling.


Register on DAAD’s website and read their information (registration will be open from April 8th). Check out their database and search for Docear (you need to log-in first). Apply before April 28, 2013.  Wait a couple of weeks for notification.


Read again the most important information in this PDF, at DAAD’s website, or send us an email.

Joeran Beel

Please visit https://isg.beel.org/people/joeran-beel/ for more details about me.


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