Department Head IT-Services/Software Development (m/f/d)

Leibniz-Institut für Psychologie (ZPID), Trier

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID) in Trier (Germany) is an internationally renowned research support organization in psychology and a member of the prestigious Leibniz Association.

To fulfill the ever-increasing research infrastructure needs expressed by researchers and psychology professionals, ZPID is in the process of strategic expansion directed at meeting these needs to become psychology’s one-stop research service center. Current as well as future ZPID research areas and services are based on and guided by the values of open science and open innovation.

Join the growing ZPID team at the forefront of the open science movement! Current opening:

Department Head IT-Services/Software Development (m/f/d)

(salary group TV-L E 15, full position, initially limited for 2 years)

Preferred start date is June 1st, 2022 or later.

Duties and functions:

ZPID’s IT-Services and Digital Research Development Services (DRDS) operate the IT infrastructure at ZPID and develop all software products and services offered by ZPID. More details concerning ZPID’s services and planned developments can be found at our website and in a roadmap at https://doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.2415

The two groups have different objectives and operate as a bi-modal IT: IT-Services is mainly responsible for proper network, client and server operation. ZPID uses a combination of cloud and on-premise soft- and hardware. The majority of local server infrastructure is in the process of being outsourced to a Kubernetes-based operation model on Microsoft Azure. The work organization within this group follows an IT service management model (FitSM). Customer support is organized via service desk software (JIRA).

Digital Research Development Services (DRDS) supports software development for all departments of ZPID. Product Owners for all of ZPID’s products are situated in the different departments of ZPID and work with DRDS software engineering staff on the various products and services offered by ZPID. The interaction between Product Owners and developers is organized in a SCRUM-like fashion, although team size does not always allow to work with large development teams. The development teams often consist of employees with unlimited contracts for long term maintenance and fixed-term employees developing on new software. To ease interaction between different team members ZPID uses a homogenous PHP development stack based on the Symfony framework wherever sensibly possible.

We are looking for a person who has a strategic understanding of the IT landscape relevant for a scientific infrastructure organization like ZPID and at the same time is able to develop and formalize structured, scalable approaches to the operational details.

You will ensure alignment of IT-Services operation with ITSM models and foster the strategic goal to create a dynamically scalable, secure server infrastructure and a modern, automated client environment. You will work closely with all department heads and product owners at ZPID to establish their needs and organize development work around new and existing products and services. In total you will lead a team of currently 9 persons within the IT-Services and DRDS department.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent or higher in a discipline relevant for this position
  • Proven track record in successfully managing IT-development/IT-service projects, involving at least three of the programming languages PHP, Java, Python and R
  • An open mind to relate to the requirements of the psychological scientific community, with the confidence to make own, informed suggestions for technical product/service design
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and independent working style
  • Project management skills
  • Distinct internal communication and proven team leadership skills
  • Command of written and spoken German on a native level
  • Very good command of written and spoken English

optional qualifications:

  • relevant experience with selecting IT client hardware

In order to apply, please register with our online portal here (until May 29, 2022) https://leibniz-psychology.jobbase.io/apply/f70syx403venkq3lqld7fosj2nyzl86.

We look forward to your application. Besides the usual documents, please attach a short essay with your thoughts on the role of IT and software development in a scientific infrastructure organization, resulting challenges and your ideas for building a good scientific IT infrastructure (formless, max. 4 pages).

ZPID is committed to equal opportunities in employment and, in particular, to increasing the number of women in those academic positions where they are currently underrepresented. Women are therefore encouraged to apply. We comply with guidelines regarding laws and regulations governing part-time employment. Among equally qualified applicants, disabled candidates will be given preference. We are a family-friendly employer and have been certified by the audit Work & Family.

When applying for a position at ZPID, you will submit personal data. Please refer to our data protection statement in accordance with Art. 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  regarding the collection and processing of personal data as part of your online application at our website. With the submission of your application, you are acknowledging that you have reviewed ZPID's data protection statement.

For further information, please contact rr(at)leibniz-psychology.org. Please apply in English. Interviews will be conducted in German.

Please note that online applications will only be accepted until 5/29/2022 via the following URL: https://leibniz-psychology.jobbase.io/apply/f70syx403venkq3lqld7fosj2nyzl86