Job advertisement No. 61/2021

Research Associate/PhD Candidate for the development of a Terminology Service (m/f/d)

As the German National Library of Science and Technology our future-oriented services ensure the infrastructural requirements for a high-quality supply of information and literature for research in science and industry. Our services as a university library secure the local supply for the Leibniz University Hannover.

The Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology – Program Area C, Research and Development, is looking to employ a

Research Associate/PhD Candidate for the development of a Terminology Service (m/f/d)

to join the Data Science & Digital Libraries Research Group (Prof. Dr. Sören Auer) and the Team Terminology Service at the earliest possible opportunity.

The position is initially limited to three years with envisioned extension. The regular weekly working time is 39.80 hours (full-time). The position is generally suitable for part-time work. The remuneration is based on pay scale group 13 TV-L.

Your challenge
The research and development focus of this position is to work on new types of terminology services. In this context, solutions are to be developed that contribute to the intelligent generation of forecasts on influences on value chains. In particular, the focus is on the integration and consolidation of highly distributed and heterogeneous economically relevant information sources.

The position is set within the framework of the research project CoyPu (Cognitive Economy Intelligence Plattform für die Resilienz wirtschaftlicher Ökosysteme), funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In this project, an AI-based information platform for efficient crisis management is being developed. In the event of complex economic challenges, the platform networks, analyses and evaluates macroeconomic, sector-specific and internal company data. From the evaluated facts, interdependencies are derived and daily updated forecasts are created to support crisis management.

Your tasks will focus on
The development of innovative and efficient solutions for

  • the validation and integration of terminologies for mapping economic data,
  • tools for collaborative creation and work on terminologies,
  • the effective access and curation of terminologies (including ontology and instance mapping).

Your qualities

  • Successfully completed university degree (Master’s degree, University diploma or equivalent) in a relevant field of study, preferably in computer science or a related field
  • A very good command of written and spoken English
  • Excellent knowledge of modern programming languages, such as Java in particular, and modern software engineering methods; proven skills in software development in a team (GitLab)
  • Familiarity with methods and technologies from the environment of the Semantic Web and data management


  • Interest in research and technology in the field of natural language processing and artificial intelligence
  • Interest in mastering and applying formal methods

What we offer
In TIB’s Research and Development Department, you have the opportunity to further your scientific development in a dynamic and excellent research environment. We provide a scientifically and intellectually inspiring environment with an entrepreneurial mindset embedded in a leading technical university and one of the largest technical information centres being part of the Leibniz Association.

The research department at the TIB is relatively young and offers many opportunities. It is our vision to rethink the representation and provision of data and information and to organize them in an Open Research Knowledge Graph (ORKG) in the future. There is a close cooperation with the L3S Research Centre at Leibniz University Hannover, one of the world's leading research institutes in the field of Web & Data Science, within the Leibniz Joint Lab Data Science & Open Knowledge.

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

  • Financing for necessary equipment, conference and research visit travel
  • 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
  • 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 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 Dr. Felix Engel, head of Team Terminology Service, by mail at Felix.Engeltibeu.

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 61/2021 before September 03, 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.

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