Job advertisement No. 31/2020

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

Software engineer (m/f/d)

to work in the Open Science Lab at the earliest possible date.

The position is initially limited to 2 years. The regular weekly working time is 39.8 hours (full-time). The position is generally suitable for part-time work. Depending on the qualification (Bachelor / Master), the successful candidate will be grouped either in pay scale group 12 or 13 TV-L.

Your challenge

The Open Science Lab (OSL) of the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) is concerned with the development towards a digital, open and collaborative science and supports scientific institutions and communities by jointly developing and testing methods and software tools that are useful for research activities.

We are looking for a communicative, well-structured and innovative person with a strong technical background to work in the project TAPIR (Partially Automated Persistent Identifier-based Reporting) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

In the joint project TAPIR, partially automated processes for research reporting in the context of university and non-university research are being tested. The possibilities for the realization of semi-automatic reporting are analyzed and the question is investigated to what extent the required data aggregation can be carried out on the basis of openly available research information using persistent identifiers.

Your tasks include

  • Development of harvesting workflows and tools
  • Data mapping and integration in the open source software VIVO
  • Development of a reporting component for VIVO
  • Participation in scientific and technical discourse and collaboration in national and international committees and working groups for the further development of project-relevant topics

Your qualities

  • Successfully completed university degree (Bachelor / FH diploma or Master / Uni diploma or equivalent) in a relevant field of study such as Computer Science, Information Science, Mathematics or comparable
  • Very good experience in software development in the environment of web-based applications (Java, Python, JavaScript)
  • High degree of self-organisation and independent working
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Good project management skills
  • Good knowledge of data aggregation, integration and transformation
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and languages
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English; proficiency in German is a plus


  • Knowledge of linked data technologies (SPARQL, RDF)
  • Interest in working in the research and library environment
  • Knowledge of persistent identifiers in the scientific environment such as DOI, ORCID and ROR
  • Very good communication skills
  • Practical experience in the development and use of web services
  • Knowledge of version management systems based on Git

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.

Furthermore, we offer

  • Funding for necessary equipment, conference and research visit travel
  • Candidates will work in the context of a national, European or international research and innovation project
  • A portfolio of technology components to build on, including Vitro and VIVO
  • A modern workplace in a central location of Hanover with a collegial, attractive and versatile working environment
  • Comprehensive and intensive training in an interesting and varied 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 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)

If you are interested, questions regarding the position can be addressed to Christian Hauschke (Open Science Lab) via E-Mail at Christian.Hauschketibeu.   

How to apply

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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 31/2020 before July 30, 2020 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.

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

We look forward to receiving your application!