Scientific Software Developer, ZBW Leibniz Information Center for Economics (Germany)

Full time

Created: April 18, 2018
Kiel or Hamburg


04/17/2018 Job offer
For our Kiel or Hamburg branch.

Our unit "Innovative information systems and publishing technologies" develops software for information systems, digital library applications and research infrastructures. This comprises designing, implementing and maintaining typical digital library applications such as repositories and subject portals, metadata management, a system for long-term preservation, or Semantic Web related data and applications. Moreover, the unit works on software and platforms for managing, publishing and disseminating research data.

With respect to the latter, we are looking for a

Scientific software developer (m/f)

at our unit for "Innovative information systems and publishing technologies". The full-time position is located in Hamburg or Kiel (depending on applicant's preference), Germany. We offer an unlimited contract with a salary at level EG 13 (according to federal labor agreement).
Your tasks ...

- to develop software for the purpose of discovering and citing research data from distributed sources (data centers and repositories)
- to maintain and enhance our already existing solutions for managing data (in particular a data archive for publishing data as supplement for articles (
- to document, deploy and publish your code preferably as open source
- to report about your work and solutions through presentations, talks and demos at international conferences and workshops
- to occasionally contribute to research proposals related to the above-mentioned topics.

Your profile:

- Master or diploma in computer science or in a related field (with a focus on software engineering)
- knowledge and expertise in programming with Python and related web frameworks (e.g., Flask, Pylons, Pyramid, Django, Plone, Jupyter)
- experience with designing and implementing search applications by means of suitable frameworks (e.g., Elasticsearch, Solr, Lucene)
- experiences with DevOps and related tools, environments and workflows
- strong communication skills, team-player and cooperation also in an international context


- experiences with code versioning (in particilar with Git)
- experiences with data portal suite CKAN (
- basic understanding of data life-cycle
- own practical experience with data, e.g. as data scientist
- a scientific and research-based mindset

We offer:

- challenging and varied tasks in a dynamic environment where team work, transparency, innovation and learning are essential
- the public sector pension plan (VBL)
- a work place in the centre of Hamburg or at the Fjord of Kiel
- part-time work is possible
- equal opportunity and family-friendly policies

Remuneration is based on the public sector pay scale at grade EG 13 TV-L. The contract will be unlimited. This is a full-time position (38.7 hours per week, part-time work is possible minimum 32 hours per week). The starting date is ASAP.
Are you interested in joining the D1 team?

Apply online now (ID-Nr. D1-02). For further information please contact Dr. Timo Borst (,Tel.: 0049-8814-312).

Please submit your application with the relevant documents online by April 26th. Please do not submit a photo with your application.

We look forward to meeting you!

Apply online at

Download job offer as PDF at

Last updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 14:56 UTC

How to apply


Dr. Timo Borst (,Tel.: 0049-8814-312).


Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 14:56 UTC