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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. 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 two

Sci­entific Soft­ware Engin­eers in the field of Research Data Man­age­ment (m/f/d)

Work­ing field:

You will work in a team to build a national research data infra­struc­ture for chem­istry in Ger­many (NFDI4Chem). NFDI4Chem will be a dis­trib­uted infra­struc­ture pro­ject with more than 30 FTE from IT and sci­ence and oper­ates in the wider con­text of the NFDI in col­lab­or­a­tion with even­tu­ally 29 fur­ther con­sor­tia from all areas of sci­ence. A detailed pro­ject descrip­tion of NFDI4Chem can be found at

Your chal­lenge
The vis­ion of NFDI4Chem is the digit­al­isa­tion of all key steps in chem­ical research to sup­port sci­ent­ists in their efforts to col­lect, store, pro­cess, ana­lyse, 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 TA3 Repos­it­or­ies and TA4 Stand­ards.

Work Area
  • Devel­op­ment of a data portal for the vir­tual envir­on­ment of fed­er­ated NFDI4Chem repos­it­or­ies and pro­vi­sion of an integ­rated view of the data sets archived by these repos­it­or­ies
  • Semantic link­ing of data cata­logues and repos­it­or­ies, based on an extend­able and adapt­able vocab­u­lary frame­work
  • Devel­op­ment of a metadata har­vest­ing of repos­it­or­ies in NFDI4Chem tak­ing into account dif­fer­ent data and metadata stand­ards, APIs, file formats, license inform­a­tion, archiv­ing and pub­lic­a­tion guidelines and terms of re-use
  • Devel­op­ment of an NFDI4Chem ter­min­o­logy ser­vice for a reli­able man­age­ment of chem­istry-spe­cific onto­lo­gies and vocab­u­lar­ies enabling cre­ation, pro­vi­sion, cur­a­tion and archiv­ing
  • Devel­op­ment and imple­ment­a­tion of a noti­fic­a­tion ser­vice to enable a semantic and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary ter­min­o­logy sub­scrip­tion and noti­fic­a­tion ser­vice for the ter­min­o­logy ser­vice


Your qual­it­ies
You are equally exper­i­enced in fron­tend and backend devel­op­ment. Your com­pet­ence 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 (Mas­ter’s degree or equi­val­ent) in Chemin­form­at­ics, Bioin­form­at­ics, Com­puter Sci­ence or a related field
  • First rel­ev­ant pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence, espe­cially proven skills in soft­ware devel­op­ment in a team
  • Pro­fi­ciency in spoken and writ­ten Eng­lish. Pro­fi­ciency in Ger­man is a plus.
  • Excel­lent, doc­u­mented pro­fi­ciency in mod­ern pro­gram­ming lan­guages (esp. Java, JavaS­cript, Python) and mod­ern soft­ware engin­eer­ing meth­od­o­lo­gies (esp. agile meth­ods, DevOps, CI/CD)
  • Work­ing know­ledge in the devel­op­ment and use of web ser­vices (REST APIs, SOAP)
  • Exper­i­ence with core semantic tech­no­lo­gies (RDF, OWL, SPARQL)
  • Exper­i­ence with graph data­bases (neo4j)

  • Exper­i­ence in devel­op­ment of con­trolled vocab­u­lar­ies and clas­si­fic­a­tions is a plus
  • Famili­ar­ity and interest in sci­entific data and meta-data man­age­ment.
  • Famili­ar­ity in Nat­ural Lan­guage Pro­cessing, Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence, Data Ana­lyt­ics or Digital Lib­rar­ies is an asset.
  • Know­ledge of Research Data Man­age­ment Tools and Ser­vices

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 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 Graphs (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
  • Fund­ing for neces­sary equip­ment, con­fer­ence and research visit travel
  • 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 and other
  • 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 49/2020 before Octo­ber 23, 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.

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.

For more inform­a­tion about the TIB, please visit: