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Tech­ni­sche Infor­ma­ti­ons­bi­blio­thek (TIB) - Lab Lin­ked Sci­ent­i­fic Know­ledge

The Natio­nal Rese­arch Data Infra­struc­ture (NFDI) is an out­stand­ing infra­struc­ture ini­ti­at­ive for the sci­ence com­munit­ies in Ger­many with the aim to har­ness the great poten­tial of Rese­arch Data as a valu­able resource for sci­ence and rese­arch. As of 1st Octo­ber 2020, the first round of NFDI con­sor­tia will receive fund­ing for a period of five years, with the option of a five-year exten­sion. The TIB will play a key role in shap­ing the NFDI from the very begin­ning.

Wit­hin this net­work the Tech­nis­che Inform­a­tions­bib­lio­thek (TIB) - Leib­niz Inform­a­tion Centre for Sci­ence and Tech­no­logy - is look­ing to employ a

Che­min­form­ati­cian/Onto­logy Engin­eer in the area of Rese­arch Data Man­age­ment (m/f/d)

Work­ing field:

Your chal­lenge
The vis­ion of NFDI4Chem is the digit­al­iz­a­tion of all key steps in chem­ical rese­arch to sup­port sci­ent­ists in their efforts to col­lect, store, pro­cess, ana­lyze, dis­close and re-use rese­arch data. This over­all goal is add­res­sed by sev­eral task areas (TAs). You will be assi­gned to TA6 Syn­er­gies, which is respons­ible for the coor­din­a­tion of the cross-cut­ting top­ics wit­hin the NFDI, includ­ing cross-domain meta­data stand­ards, seman­tic data annota­tion and cross-domain map­ping of onto­lo­gies, as well as the pro­vi­sion of ter­min­o­logy ser­vices. You will work clo­sely tog­e­ther with deve­lo­pers, sci­ent­ists and infra­struc­ture experts from over 25 uni­ver­sity and non-uni­ver­sity rese­arch insti­tu­tions in a dyna­mic and inspir­ing envir­on­ment. A spe­cial focus will be on the col­lab­or­a­tion with TA5 Com­munity and TA4 Stand­ards.

Your activ­it­ies will include
  • Devel­op­ment and cur­a­tion of onto­lo­gies for chem­istry
  • Exten­sion, adapt­a­tion and integ­ra­tion of exist­ing onto­lo­gies to the needs of NFDI4Chem
  • Devel­op­ment of con­trol­led vocab­u­lar­ies and clas­si­fic­a­tions to stand­ard­ize data for rese­arch data man­age­ment (RDM)
  • Com­munity out­reach to col­lab­or­at­ively deve­lop and cur­ate onto­lo­gies with domain experts and onto­logy users
  • Organ­iz­a­tion of onto­logy work­shops for and with the sci­ent­i­fic com­munity


Your qual­it­ies
You have know­ledge in chem­istry or a rela­ted field and you are com­pet­ent in using con­trol­led vocab­u­lar­ies and onto­lo­gies to describe chem­ical con­cepts. Excel­lent ver­bal and writ­ten com­mu­nic­a­tion skills are essen­tial in order to col­lab­or­at­ively deve­lop onto­lo­gies tog­e­ther with the sci­ent­i­fic com­munity dur­ing work­shops and dis­cus­sions. You should be able to think cre­at­ively, grasp new know­ledge quickly, and be inter­ested in innov­at­ive soft­ware sys­tems and in mas­ter­ing com­plex chal­len­ges.

The fol­low­ing qual­i­fic­a­tions are man­dat­ory
  • Suc­cess­fully com­ple­ted uni­ver­sity degree (Mas­ter’s degree, uni­ver­sity dip­loma or equi­val­ent) in chem­ical inform­at­ics, chem­istry, bioin­form­at­ics, life sci­ences, com­puter sci­ence or a com­par­able rel­ev­ant sub­ject
  • First rel­ev­ant pro­fes­sio­nal work exper­i­ence
  • Excel­lent know­ledge in onto­logy devel­op­ment and with core seman­tic tech­no­lo­gies (RDF, OWL, SPARQL)
  • Excel­lent know­ledge with onto­logy tools like Pro­tégé, Web Pro­tégé or Web­VOWL
  • Excel­lent ver­bal and writ­ten com­mu­nic­a­tion skills

  • A com­ple­ted PhD in che­min­form­at­ics, com­puter sci­ence or in a rela­ted field
  • Famili­ar­ity with chem­ical data for­mats and con­cepts of rese­arch data man­age­ment
  • Exper­i­ence in the devel­op­ment of soft­ware app­lic­a­tions and mod­ern pro­gram­ming lan­guages (Java, JavaS­cript, Python)
  • Famili­ar­ity with best prac­tices of mod­ern soft­ware devel­op­ment, includ­ing iter­at­ive/agile devel­op­ment, sci­ent­i­fic soft­ware devel­op­ment life­cycles and ver­sion con­trol

What we of­fer:

The Lab Lin­ked Sci­ent­i­fic Know­ledge is embed­ded into the Rese­arch Group Data Sci­ence & Digi­tal Lib­rar­ies. TIB’s Rese­arch and Devel­op­ment Depart­ment offers a sci­en­tific­ally and intel­lec­tu­ally inspir­ing work 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.

The rese­arch depart­ment at the TIB is rel­at­ively young and offers many oppor­tun­it­ies. In our vis­ion we strive to rethink the rep­res­ent­a­tion and pro­vi­sion of data and inform­a­tion and to organ­ize them in an Open Rese­arch Know­ledge Graphs (ORKG) in the future. In this con­text, 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
  • Fund­ing of busi­ness trips, the neces­sary tech­nical equip­ment and con­fer­ence and rese­arch stays
  • Can­did­ates will work in the con­text of a natio­nal rese­arch and innov­a­tion pro­ject
  • A port­fo­lio of tech­no­logy com­pon­ents to build on, includ­ing ORKG, Open­Re­, TIB AV-Por­tal, DBpe­, VIVO and oth­ers
  • 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, home office and remote 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. Oli­ver Koep­ler (, head of the Lab Lin­ked Sci­ent­i­fic Know­ledge.

How to ap­ply:

We look for­ward to receiv­ing your applic­a­tion. To sub­mit your applic­a­tion, please use the applic­a­tion form on our homepage.

Paper applic­a­tions are also pos­sible on an equal basis. In this case, please send your com­plete applic­a­tion doc­u­ments with the sub­ject 51/2020 before Novem­ber 25, 2020 addressed to

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

Or altern­at­ively as a single PDF doc­u­ment file to For applic­a­tions in digital from, please send a PDF file with a max­imum size of 10 MB. We look for­ward to receiv­ing your applic­a­tion!

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.

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