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

Scientific Software Engineer / Ontology Engineer (m/f/d)

to join the Data Science & Digital Libraries Research Group (Prof. Dr. Sören Auer) and the Team Terminology Service at the earliest possible opportunity.

The position is initially limited until 31st May 2024 with envisioned extension. The regular weekly working time is 39.80 hours (full-time). The position is only suitable for part-time work to a limited extent. The remuneration is based on pay scale group 13 TV-L.

Your challenge

The position is set within the framework of the research project CoyPu (Cognitive Economy Intelligence Plattform für die Resilienz wirtschaftlicher Ökosysteme), funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In this project, an AI-based information platform for efficient crisis management is being developed. In the event of complex economic challenges, the platform networks, analyses and evaluates macroeconomic, sector-specific and internal company data. From the evaluated facts, interdependencies are derived and daily updated forecasts are created to support crisis management.

Your tasks will focus on

The development of innovative and efficient solutions for a web platform that supports

  • the validation and integration of terminologies for mapping economic data,
  • tools for collaborative creation and work on terminologies,
  • the effective access and curation of terminologies (including ontology and instance mapping).

Your qualities

  • Successfully completed university degree (Master’s degree, university diploma or equivalent) in a relevant field of study such as computer science, mathematics, information science or in a related subject area
  • A very good command of written and spoken English
  • Excellent knowledge of modern programming languages, such as Java in particular, and modern software engineering methods; proven skills in software development in a team (GitLab)
  • Familiarity with methods and technologies from the environment of the Semantic Web and data management


  • Frontend development skills with modern programming languages (like REACT)
  • Interest in mastering and applying formal methods

What we offer

Our mission is to keep rethinking and innovating the provision and use of research data and information. In TIB’s Research and Development Department, you have the opportunity to advance your career in a sizable, dynamic and excellent 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. TIB collaborates closely 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, creative and fun work atmosphere.

Furthermore, we offer

  • Financing for necessary equipment, conference and research visit travel
  • Work in the context of national and international research and innovation projects
  • A portfolio of technology components, including ORKGOpenResearch.orgTIB, among others
  • A modern workplace in a central location of Hanover with a collegial, attractive and versatile working environment
  • A comprehensive and in-depth training
  • Flexible working hours (flexitime) as well as offers for reconciling work and family life such as mobile work and remote work options
  • 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 oriented towards the common good 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. Felix Engel by mail at Felix.Engel(at)

How to apply

We look forward to receiving your application. To submit your application, please click here.

Paper applications are also possible on an equal basis. In this case, please send your complete application documents with the subject 43/2022 before August 16, 2022 addressed to

Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)


Herrn Daniel Eilers

Welfengarten 1 B

30167 Hannover


or alternatively as a single PDF document file to bewerbung(at) For applications in digital from, please send a PDF file with a maximum size of 10 MB.

In the case of foreign university degrees, it is mandatory to submit a Statement of Comparability from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) for the final assessment of the hiring requirements during the hiring process (link for more information). A fee will be charged for this. This obligation does not apply if the foreign university degree has already been assessed by an expert and is listed in the ANABIN database of the ZAB as an equivalent university degree (link to ANABIN database).

Who we are

TIB, being part of the Leibniz Research Association, is with around 600 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. We welcome applications from all nationalities.

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

Please indicate in the subject line of your application through which job board you became aware of our offer.

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