Software Architect and Engineer for innovative Information Infrastructures

The research of the ZBW in computer science focuses especially on the research fields of Digital Information Infrastructures, Information Retrieval, and Web Science. In our program area Digital Information Infrastructures, applied research and development projects are carried out both on a national and European level. The focus is on information infrastructures for the management of digital scholarly resources. The information resources (e.g. publications, research data) are intended to be made systematically available across disciplinary and national boundaries. The ZBW contributes as an infrastructure partner to dedicated research and development projects funded by the DFG or BMBF, such as the consortia of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI).

At our Kiel or Hamburg location, we are offering a position at the earliest opportunity to join our team as

Software Architect and Engineer for innovative Information Infrastructures

Candidates are supposed to contribute to software development projects such as the BERD Consortium of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). Salary is based on qualification up to group 13 following the collective wage agreement for the federal states (Tarifvertrag der Länder, full-time, currently 38.7 hours/week). According to § 2 section 2 of the federal law of Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG), the position is limited until 30.09.2026 according to the project period. There is the possibility to combine this position with a PhD in computer science.

Your tasks …

  • Development work in the context of a cloud-based information portal to manage digital scholarly resources (e.g. publications, research data) in close exchange with the scientific community
  • Design and implementation of an architecture with integrated core functionalities (e.g., harvest, store, search, access)
  • Integration of external interoperable services and data sources
  • Quality assurance and transition of prototype developments to a productive environment
  • Documentation and publication of project results

Your profile …


  • A higher education degree in computer science, information technology or a related technical discipline (i.e. Bachelor’s degree, Master's degree, Diploma or comparable degree from university or university of applied sciences)
  • Coding experience in the development of web-based software solutions or solutions based on web services
  • Conversational language skills in German or English (speaking and writing)


  • Experience with user-driven requirements engineering or agile software development methods (z.B. Extreme Programming, SCRUM)
  • Experience with state of the art software management approaches (e.g. continuous integration, container technologies, code management)
  • Knowledge in the development of web-based information portals (e.g. Python Flask)
  • Knowledge of web-based user interface development (e.g. React UI)
  • Knowledge of tools for collecting, storing, and re-distributing digital resources, preferably as open source (e.g. Invenio RDM, DSpace)
  • Analytical thinking and result-oriented work style
  • Willingness to learn new programming skills and data science methods
  • Ability to work cooperatively and committed in a team but also independently and self-responsible
  • Communicative, interdisciplinary and intercultural competence as well as willingness, to engage with different stakeholders

Readiness for occasional daily business trips to / from the other ZBW location and for business trips in general is expected.

We offer…

  • Ambitious and manifold tasks in a modern and international research environment in which cross-departmental teamwork, transparency, open innovation processes and continuous training are indispensable
  • Old-age provision for the public sector (VBL)
  • A subsidized job ticket for public transportation
  • A job at the firth of Kiel or at the inner Alster of Hamburg in a pleasant team
  • flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home (from a residence in Germany)
  • Part-time employment (upon request)
  • Equal opportunities and reconciliation of work and family life

Do you feel encouraged?

Please take the next step and apply online (ID no. D3-01).

Do you have questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact Anja Busch (abusch[at], 0431 8814-647) ) or Prof Klaus Tochtermann (ktochtermann[at]

ZBW endeavours to increase the proportion of women in this field and therefore urges women with the appropriate qualifications to apply. Women will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, competence and professional performance.

Diversity is one of our core organizational values. We welcome applications regardless of your nationality, ethnic and social background, religion and/or other world views, age, gender identity and expression, and sexual identity and orientation.

ZBW is committed to the employment of people with disabilities. Severely handicapped persons and persons of equal status are given preferential treatment if they are suitably qualified.

For more guidance on our application process and about the remuneration, please visit our careers web page..

Please submit your application with the relevant documents (such as cover letter, diplomas, certificates, or references) online by February 29th 2024. Please do not submit a photo with your application.

We are looking forward to getting to know you!

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