Research Software Engineer (m/f/d)

Job advertisement No. 15/2023; application deadline: 31.03.2023

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. With the Open Research Knowledge Graph (ORKG), we are working to revolutionise the exchange and use of scientific knowledge in the digital age.

The Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)– Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology – Program Area D, Open Research Knowledge Graph, is looking to employ a

Research Software Engineer (m/f/d)

to join the Knowledge Infrastructures Research Group (Dr. Markus Stocker) at the next possible date.

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

BITS - BluePrints for the Integration of Terminology Services in Earth System Sciences - is a new project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) that addresses a major remaining obstacle to the application of the FAIR principles in Earth System Science: Little data interoperability due to lack of formal semantics of research data. As a member of the BITS project team, you will contribute to establishing the TIB Terminology Service (TS) in climate science and geoscientific collections, and integrate the TS in data repositories of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) and the Senckenberg - Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research (SGN). The experiences gained will be used to create blueprints that can later serve to link other Earth System Science repositories.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to

  • Drive the integration of the TIB TS in the Open Research Knowledge Graph (ORKG), for Earth System Sciences and other research fields.
  • More generally contribute to ORKG development, and be part of an exceptional team of doctoral students and research software engineers.
  • Contribute to and represent BITS, ORKG and TIB in international initiatives, such as RDA and FDOF.

Your qualities

We are looking for creative thinkers, efficient doers, able to grasp new knowledge quickly, combine abstract reasoning with concrete problem solving, interested in tackling complex challenges, with solid academic writing and communication skills. Your competences and research interests should be rooted in computer sciences and data science or similar, with demonstrable interest in research data, its management, and the implementation of the FAIR data principles.

Required qualifications

  • Successfully completed university degree (Master’s degree or comparable) in a relevant field of study such as informatics, computer science or a comparable field with excellent grades.
  • Demonstrable excellent software development skills in frontend development (e.g. using React) and/or web-based API and backend development (e.g. using Kotlin, Java Spring Boot, database technologies) as well as script-based data processing and analysis (especially in Python or R).
  • Good command of Semantic Web technologies, the development and management of ontologies and related technologies and tooling such as graph databases.
  • Demonstrable understanding of data and metadata standards commonly used in research data management, in particular those relevant to the Earth System Sciences community, and related technologies such as persistent identifier systems.
  • Demonstrable interest in working with research communities, understanding their needs and translating their requirements into high quality digital services.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English as well as excellent communication skills.

Desirable additions to your profile

  • Broad applied understanding of techniques in Artificial Intelligence.
  • Work experience in larger teams, in academia and/or industry.
  • Knowledge of the German language is an advantage, but not necessary.

What we offer

Our mission is to keep rethinking and innovating the provision and use of research data and information. In TIB’s Research and Development Department, you have the opportunity to advance your career in a sizable, dynamic and excellent 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 centers being part of the Leibniz Association. TIB collaborates closely with the L3S Research Center 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, creative and fun work atmosphere.

Furthermore, we offer

  • A job in the public service oriented towards the common good on the basis of the collective agreement for the public service of the German states (TV-L) with a salary in pay scale group 13 TV-L (100%).
  • A special annual payment at the end of the year and 30 days of vacation per year with a five-day working week.
  • Flexible working time models (flexitime) as well as offers for reconciling work and family life such as mobile work and remote work options.
  • A modern workplace in a central location of Hannover with a collegial, attractive and versatile working environment.
  • 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 varied, independent and future-oriented field of activity.
  • A portfolio of technology components to build on, including ORKG,, TIB AV-Portal,, among others.
  • Funding of the necessary technical equipment as well as conference and research visits.

If you are interested, questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Markus Stocker, head of the Knowledge Infrastructures Research Group, by mail at Markus.Stockertibeu

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 15/2023 before March 31, 2023 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.

In the case of foreign university degrees, it is mandatory to submit a Statement of Comparability from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) for the final assessment of the hiring requirements during the hiring process (link for more information). A fee will be charged for this. This obligation does not apply if the foreign university degree has already been assessed by an expert and is listed in the ANABIN database of the ZAB as an equivalent university degree (link to ANABIN database).

Who we are

TIB, being part of the Leibniz Research Association, is with around 600 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. It is particularly keen to promote professional equality between women and men and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

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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