Data Scientist/Ontology Engineer (m/f/d)

German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover

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. The following position will be placed within this network.

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

Data Scientist/Ontology Engineer (m/f/d)

to work in the Lab Research Data Services at the earliest possible opportunity.

The position is initially limited to 3 years with envisioned extension in the context of NFDI. The regular weekly working time is 39.8 hours (full-time). The position is only suitable for part-time work to a limited extent. The remuneration of the position is based on pay scale group 13 TV-L.

Your challenge

Your role will be essential for the development of a National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). The National Research Data Infrastructure for Engineering (NFDI4Ing) consortium brings together all engineering research communities and promotes the management of their research data. Thus, research data are made available in a sustainable way according to the FAIR principles under free licenses in a citable form. Behind NFDI4Ing are eight university and three non-university research institutions, including the TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology. Leading engineering scientists work in an open, dynamic and high-performance team with experienced infrastructure providers. In collaboration with Technische Universität Darmstadt, RWTH Aachen and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), TIB manages the development of RDM base services for engineering sub-disciplines and methods. This includes the development and implementation of a Terminology Service which will establish a comprehensive, integrated Internet of FAIR Data and Services through semantic representation, terminology-based interoperability, and accessibility and interlinking of research data.

Your tasks will focus on

  • Design of a terminology platform for access, subscription and curation of terminologies and ontologies for engineering workflows
  • Implementation of additional functionalities into the Terminology Service, e.g. quality assurance, subscription-based notification and synchronisation of terminologies between producers and consumers
  • Provision of training and support by creating and maintaining a ticket-based help desk
  • Coordination with related projects for content development within the TIB

Your qualities

Your competence area should be squarely rooted in Data Science, ontology and software engineering or related fields. 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.

  • Successfully completed university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant field of study such as Computer Science, Information Science, Mathematics or comparable
  • Excellent proficiency in Semantic Web Technologies, Ontology development and Data Management
  • Excellent knowledge of one or more modern programming languages (especially Java, Python or C/C++) as well as proven experience in software development and modern methods of software development (especially Scrum, DevOps)


  • Familiarity with Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics or Digital Libraries is an asset
  • Knowledge of Research Data Management Tools and Services
  • Good Project management skills

What we offer

In TIB’s Research and Development Department, you have the opportunity to further your scientific development in a dynamic and excellent research 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. 

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, OpenResearch.org, TIB AV-Portal, DBpedia.org 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 salary 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

If you are interested, questions regarding the position can be addressed to the head of Research Data Services, Dr. Angelina Kraft (angelina.kraft(at)tib.eu).

How to apply

We look forward to receiving 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 43/2020 before October 6, 2020 addressed to

Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)


Herrn Daniel Eilers

Welfengarten 1 B

30167 Hannover


Or alternatively as a single PDF document file to Bewerbung(at)tib.eu. 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:

  • 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
  • Carrying out cutting edge research to further expand TIB’s role as a German information centre for the digitisation of science and technology
  • 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.

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

For more information about the TIB, please visit www.tib.eu/en/.