Research Associate / PhD Candidate in Research Data Management (m/f/d)

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

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

Research Associate/PhD Candidate in Research Data Management (m/f/d)

to work in the Leibniz Joint Lab Data Science and Open Knowledge of the TIB Research and Development department and the L3S Research Center under the supervision of Dr. Javad Chamanara and Prof. Dr. Sören Auer.

The position is limited to 3 years with envisioned extension. The regular weekly working time is 29.85 hours (part-time, 75%). The remuneration is based on pay scale group 13 TV-L.

Your qualities

The candidate’s competence area should be squarely rooted in computer science or related fields. The candidate should be able to think creatively, grasp new knowledge quickly, be able to combine abstract reasoning with concrete problem solving and be interested in mastering complex challenges.

  • Successfully completed university degree (Master or comparable) in a relevant field like Computer Science, Mathematics or Information Science.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Proficiency in German is a plus.
  • Excellent proficiency in modern programming languages (especially Python, Java and JavaScript) and modern software engineering methodologies. Proven team software development skills.
  • Research and technology interest in Data Management, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Semantic Technologies and Web Engineering

Interest in data management according to the FAIR principles, data integration, semantic integration and querying of data as well as a passion for mastering and applying formal methods through proven technologies.

Your tasks

The research and development focus of the PhD position is on innovative Research Data Management and Semantic Technologies. The PhD topic will be in the context of third-party funded projects in the area of research data management and the German National Research Data Infrastructure initiative (NFDI). The aim is to research and develop techniques for representing, integrating, managing semantically and analysing structured, rich representations of research data and scholarly contributions using ontologies and knowledge graphs. The candidate has the opportunity to choose his/her dissertation scope from the variety of research paths provided by the projects.

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. Currently, there are five research groups in the department: Data Science and Digital Libraries, Scientific Data Management, Knowledge Infrastructures, Learning and Skills Analytics and Visual Analytics. Common to all research groups is the vision to rethink the representation and provision of data and information and to organize them in an Open Research Knowledge Graph (ORKG) in the future. There is a close cooperation with the Research Center L3S of Leibniz University Hannover - the L3S is one of the world's leading research institutes in the fields of Web & Data Science. 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
  • A modern workplace in a central location of Hannover with a collegial, attractive and versatile working environment
  • Flexible working hours (flexitime) as well as offers for reconciling work and family life, such as mobile 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 according to the provisions of the collective agreement for the public service in Germany (TV-L)

If you are interested, questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Javad Chamanara by mail at chamanara(at)l3s.de.

How to apply

In addition to your CV, please enclose a letter of recommendation and a motivational statement with 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 50/2019 before December 10, 2019 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. It wants to promote equal career opportunities for women and men in particular and therefore urges qualified women to apply.

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/.

We look forward to receiving your application!