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Scientific Information Manager (m/f/d)

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Scientific Information Manager (m/f/d)

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Become part of the open science movement

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (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 a 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:

Scientific Information Manager (m/f/d)
(salary group TV-L E 13, 70 %, limited for 2 years)

Preferred start date is January 1st, 2021 or later.

Duties and functions:

With this position as a scientific information manager at ZPID you will become part of a broader consortium for the Social, Behavioural, Educational, and Economic Sciences (KonsortSWD) concerned with the development of a national research data infrastructure (NFDI). The aim of the NFDI is to systematically manage research data, provide long-term data storage, backup and accessibility, and network the data both nationally and internationally. KonsortSWD’s mission is to strengthen, widen, and deepen the research data infrastructure for the study of human society. This effort is to be user-driven and
should address the needs of its research communities. KonsortSWD will provide researchers and research data centres with the tools and services they need for managing and sharing (new) sensitive and non-sensitive data in compliance with the FAIR principles. Interdisciplinary cooperation in the consortium is based on close coordination between the partners and use-driven service development. NFDI is initially funded for five years by DFG.

Against this background, it will be your task to foster acceptance and usage of research data centers (RDCs), like the RDC at ZPID, and, more generally, data sharing by the scientific community. To this end you will set up an online information platform. This platform will promote competencies of research data managers by offering courses and making teaching material from research data centers (RDCs) available.

At the same time, relying on best practices provided on the information platform, you will support the RDC at ZPID by conceptualizing and implementing semi-automatic workflows for documentation, ingestion, and deployment of research data.

Regularly publishing results originating from your work in scientific journals and discussing results within the relevant scientific communities, e.g. at conferences, is expected.

Your profile:

  • Degree in computer science, information science or other relevant discipline
  • Relevant experience in setting up web based information platforms
  • Advanced knowledge on metadata and related markup languages as well as persistent identifier
  • Interest in actively contributing to an interdisciplinary research data infrastructure for the study of human society, i.a.
  • by collection and integration of discipline-specific courses and teaching material, evaluation of courses and teaching
  • material with regard to their usability, and coordination of RDC services with other RDCs involved in the consortium
  • Independent working style
  • Project management skills
  • Good communication and team skills
  • Very good command of written and spoken German and English

Optional qualifications:

  • Experience with the process of acquiring third-party funding
  • Basic proficiency in working on the Linux and Unix command line
  • Experience with PHP and SQL, possibly frameworks (e.g. Symfony)
  • Knowledge of package management und code versioning (Git)
  • Experience in usability research

For further information, please contact Roland Ramthun via rr@leibniz-psychology.org.

In order to apply, please register with our online portal here and upload the following documents (until October 23, 2020):

  • Cover letter addressing the motivation for the application and the selection criteria
  • CV
  • Certificates of relevant academic degree(s)
  • References (optional: Names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of potential evaluators)

ZPID is committed to equal opportunities in employment and, in particular, to increasing the number of women in
academic positions.

We comply with guidelines regarding laws and regulations governing part-time employment. Among equally qualified applicants, candidates belonging to disadvantaged groups will be given preference. We are a family-friendly employer and
have been certified by the audit Work & Family.

Please note that online applications will only be accepted until 10/23/2020 via the following URL:






Scientific Information Manager (m/f/d)

Teilzeit, Befristete Festanstellung
1 Jahr
Deutsch, Englisch

Veröffentlicht am 27.10.2020