Developer (f/m/d)

Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity (MfN), Berlin

Our Mission: Discovering and describing life and earth – with people, through dialogue

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) is an excellent and integrated research museum within the Leibniz Association. Its activities cover and tightly link the fields of collection-based research, development of collection and public engagement with science.

developer (f/m/d)

Work schedule: part time, 50%, currently 19 hours and 42 minutes per week

Duration: external funding, at earliest possible date until the 31.1.2023

Pay category: E 11 TV-L

Code: 49/2020

Project description:

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) is one of the largest natural history museums in the world with over 30 million objects in its collection. Collected as evidence of the diversity of nature, its collections are at the same time testimony to the history of science and culture. The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, as a research institution and foundation under public law, has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1 January 2009.

The goal of the research area "Digital World and Information Management" is the implementation of a sustainable architecture for natural history data and data repositories, which opens up new possibilities for answering research questions in both the area of "Data Science" and "Public Engagement with Science".

The research infrastructure „Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo)“ (https://www.dissco.eu/) is aiming for the digital unification of all European natural science assets under common curation and access policies. DiSSCo enables the transformation of a fragmented landscape of the crucial natural science collections into an integrated knowledge base that provides interconnected hard evidence on the natural world.

The EU funded project DiSSCo Prepare aims to assess the current state of the art of the Research Infrastructure among five dimensions (scientific, data, financial, technological and organisational) and set the targets to ensure a seamless transition to a fully deployed construction plan.


  • Development of interoperable collection management systems and implementation of test APIs
  • Implementation of a test instance of an integrated loan system for collection material (ELViS) at MfN
  • Development and modernisation of a portal for the publication of geoscientific collection data
  • Conceptual development and technical support of the DiSSCo knowledge platform
  • Definition of specifications and testing of systems for modelling of the DiSSCo specifications of digital collection objects ("Digital Specimen Object Specifications") (e.g. WikiBase)
  • Comprehensive technical and user documentation
  • Participation in project meetings, telephone conferences and collaboration on progress reports


  • A university degree in computer science, geo- or bioinformatics or a degree in engineering or natural sciences which includes aspects of these disciplines, or at least 3 years of professional experience in the above-mentioned fields and participation in corresponding reference projects
  • Very good knowledge in the conception and development of web-based software and databases
  • Experience in working with and using MediaWiki software (e.g. WikiBase)
  • Good knowledge of at least one higher programming language (preferably Java)
  • Knowledge in dealing with source code repositories
  • Very good knowledge of the script language PHP
  • Good knowledge of using SQL database management systems (preferably MySQL)
  • Knowledge of automated generation and processing of JSON, RDF and XML documents and creation of XSLT
  • Practical experience in Semantic Web and use of SPARQL
  • Experience in the field of data standards (e.g. ABCD, ABCD-EFG, DarwinCore) and identifier schemas
  • Interest in working with research-related and collection-related data from natural history research museums
  • Experience in maintaining project documentation and writing project-related progress reports
  • Fluent English and German language skills

Special Notes:

In support of equal rights applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals will be given preference in cases of identical qualifications.

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates) by 1.6.2020, preferably via our online application portal.

For information on the application procedure, please contact recruiting@mfn.berlin.

Further informations:

Privacy Policy:

By sending your application, you provide us with your information for the purpose of processing your application by the Museum für Naturkunde. Your data will be kept strictly confidential at all times. Once we have received your application documents, they will be entered into our database. Your data will be stored on our server. In doing so, we observe the provisions of the data protection laws.

Information about the handling of applicant data at the MfN (in German)


Privacy policy for the MfN website (in German)

Family Policy:

The Museum für Naturkunde has set itself the goal of promoting a work-life balance and has been awarded the certificate berufundfamilie audit of berufundfamilie gGmbH - an initiative of the Hertie Foundation. Further information can be found under https://www.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/en/uber-uns/jobs-und-karriere/arbeiten-am-museum-fur-naturkunde/reconciling-work-and-family-life-audit.