Library Technology Specialist

Garching bei München
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Created: July 24, 2015


The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive astronomical observatory. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in the Atacama Desert region of Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. The ESO Headquarters are located in Garching, near Munich, Germany. ESO is the focal point for Europe's participation in the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) consortium, which is operating a large submillimetre array in the Chilean Andes. The construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is also currently underway.

For the Directorate for Science at its Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, ESO is opening the position of

Library Technology Specialist

In order to fulfill the information needs of scientists and engineers in Garching and Chile, the ESO libraries develop and maintain information systems and provide print and electronic collections. This fixed term position of one year would be ideal for an early stage career professional who would be responsible for the efficient and innovative use of existing library systems and to further develop and implement features, using new technologies in an evolving environment.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • System librarian tasks: (a) technical maintenance and further development of specialised library databases/applications (Sybase/MySQL databases with PHP-based user interface) (b) maintenance of open-source library system Koha in cooperation with service provider, MARC import of licensed ebooks (c) maintenance of web pages via a Content Management System (CMS);
  • Collection management including acquisitions, cataloging, technical book and journal services and document delivery;
  • Provide search assistance to library users;
  • Monitor trends and developments in information technology.

Reports to:
The post holder will report to and work in close cooperation with the Head Librarian

A degree in librarianship or equivalent, preferably with at least two years of experience in a scientific library. The post holder must have advanced knowledge of library information services and systems as well as using web content management software and application of metadata standards. Experience in database technology and programming languages (MySQL, PHP) is crucial and knowledge of Apache/Solr would be an asset.

Key Competences:
The post holder will be a highly motivated and forward thinking individual. He/she should have the proven ability to find innovative and creative solutions in an evolving information environment combined with a user focused work approach. He/she should be able to work on their own and also work collaboratively in a small team. Excellent oral and written communication skills along with a proactive attitude are required.

Language Skills:
The position requires a very good working knowledge of English.

Remuneration and Contract:
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), medical and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating you and your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare. For any further information and to apply, please visit

The contract is for a fixed term period of one year only. Although the position is ideal for someone in the early stage of their career, remuneration is subject to change according to qualifications and number of years of experience. Serious consideration will be given to outstanding candidates willing to be seconded to ESO on leave from their home institutions.

Duty Station:
Garching near Munich, Germany.

Career Path:

Starting Date:
As soon as possible

If you are interested in working in areas of frontline technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit ( for further details.

Applicants are invited to apply online at Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV.

Closing date for applications is 22 August 2015.

Interviews are expected to start soon after this date.

No nationality is in principle excluded however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The post is equally open to suitably qualified female and male applicants.


Published: Friday, July 24, 2015 08:15 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:41 UTC