Job advertisement No. 56/2021

Open Source Software Engineer (m/f/d)

Lower Saxony’s OER portal is a platform for the provision and re-use of high-quality open teaching and learning materials (Open Educational Resources, OER for short) for lecturers in the tertiary education sector. The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) is developing the portal as part of a four-year project, funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK), and is also operating the portal in the long term beyond the project period.

Within the framework of this project, the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology – is looking to employ an

Open Source Software Engineer (m/f/d)

to build up and further develop the portal at the earliest possible opportunity.

The position is initially limited until 31st July 2023 with envisioned extension. The regular weekly working time is 39.8 hours (full-time). The position is generally suitable for part-time work. Depending on your qualification (Bachelor’s/Master’s degree), you will be classified in either pay scale group 12 or 13 TV-L.

Your tasks will focus on

  • Further development and operation of the open source repository software
  • Enhancement and optimisation of the graphical user interface according to user-centred approaches
  • Linking the portal with other OER platforms
  • Implementation/adaptation/extension of interfaces between the OER portal and learning management systems (LMS)

Your profile
You are equally experienced in frontend and backend development. Your expertise is rooted in web software engineering, but you are also familiar with API design and databases. You should be able to think creatively, grasp new knowledge quickly, be able to design and develop innovative software systems and be interested in mastering complex challenges.

The following qualifications are mandatory

  • Successfully completed university degree (Bachelor / FH-Diploma or Master / University-Diploma) in a relevant field of study, preferably in computer science or a related field
  • Excellent knowledge of modern web development languages (esp. TypeScript/Angular, Java/Spring) and modern software engineering methods (esp. Agile methods, DevOps)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English as well as German
  • Excellent knowledge in the development and use of web services
  • Proven experience in the development of or participation in open source software projects
  • High degree of self-organisation and experience in working independently
  • Experience in conceptual and creative work on complex issues

Desired additions to your profile

  • Practical experience with the repository software DSpace
  • Practical experience in building search engines (SOLR, ElasticSearch)
  • Experience in creating and providing open teaching and learning materials as Open Educational Resources

What we offer
The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) develops open services and infrastructures in the field of Open Science (e. g. Open Access, Open Data, Open Educational Resources) and increasingly relies on the development and use of Open Source Software products.

Last but not least, we attach great importance to an open and creative working atmosphere in which it is fun to work.

Furthermore, we offer

  • A modern workplace in a central location of Hanover with a collegial, attractive and versatile working environment
  • Comprehensive and intensive training in an interesting, varied and future-oriented field of activity with a focus on the common good
  • Flexible working hours (flexitime) as well as offers for reconciling work and family life such as mobile work
  • An employer with a wide range of internal and external further education and training measures, workplace health promotion and a supplementary pension scheme for the public sector (VBL)
  • Discount for employees in the canteens of the Studentenwerk Hannover as well as the possibility to use the various offers of the University Sports Hannover
  • A job in the public service with a salary in pay scale group 12 or 13 TV-L according to the provisions of the collective agreement for the public service in Germany (TV-L), including a special annual payment and 30 days of vacation per year

If you are interested, questions regarding the position can be addressed to Axel Klinger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) by phone at 0511 762-8120 or by mail at Axel.Klingertibeu.

How to apply
We look forward to receiving your application.

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Paper applications are also possible on an equal basis. In this case, please send your complete application documents with the subject 56/2021 before August 19, 2021 addressed to

Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
Herrn Daniel Eilers
Welfengarten 1 B
30167 Hannover

or alternatively as a single PDF document file to bewerbungtibeu. For applications in digital from, please send a PDF file with a maximum size of 10 MB.

Who we are
TIB, being part of the Leibniz Research Association, is with around 550 employees one of the largest technical information centres in Germany, having three main functions:

  1. Acting in the capacity of the Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, our forward-looking services secure the infrastructural requirements for providing researchers in science and industry with high-quality information and literature.
  2. Carrying out cutting edge research to further expand TIB’s role as a German information centre for the digitisation of science and technology.
  3. Offer library services for the Leibniz University Hannover.

TIB is an equal opportunity employer, providing ideal working conditions, and continuously taking action to enable its employees to combine career interests with family life.

Severely disabled candidates with comparable qualifications will be given preferential treatment. We welcome applications from all nationalities.

Please note that your application documents will not be returned and application and travel costs cannot be reimbursed.

Please indicate in the subject line of your application through which job board you became aware of our offer.