Research Technology Officer (f/m)

December 31, 2015

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) is seeking a

Research Technology Officer (f/m)

(initially for two years; up to TVöD E15)

to start as soon as possible. One of the more than eighty institutes of the Max Planck Society, the MPIWG is among the world’s leading centers for research into the history of science. It offers outstanding working conditions for its scholars and sustainably promotes the use of digital methodologies in the humanities.

The MPIWG intends to further enhance its support for projects in the history of science by expanding its digital infrastructure. For the construction and consolidation of these services, we are seeking a Research Technology Officer, who will act as an important interface between the Institute’s research departments and research groups, the Library, and the external relations team, supporting cooperation between these domains.

Your responsibilities:

  • Developing the research digital infrastructure; selecting and implementing a pioneering portfolio of technical solutions;
  • Establishing standards and best practices for software-supported research across the MPIWG; harmonizing procedures and interfaces between the various areas of the Institute’s work;
  • Providing technical advice and support to cross-departmental research projects and the digital library;
  • Designing and developing interactive research environments for digital humanities;
  • Transferring digital tools from other academic disciplines into the Institute’s working environment and publicizing innovative technologies for research projects.

Your profile:

  • Master’s-level degree, preferably in information science or a related discipline (computational linguistics, bioinformatics) with proven professional experience in software development;
  • Interest in the history of science, with strong skills and experience in at least one area of relevance to digital humanities (analytics, machine learning, ontology engineering, digital libraries, language processing, image processing, video processing, etc.);
  • Overview of and familiarity with the software libraries, frameworks, and tools for digital humanities currently on the market;
  • Excellent organizational and communicative skills;
  • Experience of project management, especially applying modern, agile approaches;
  • Resourceful, motivated, results-oriented with a well-structured working style and a strong sense of responsibility;
  • Experience in leading teams and facilitating their cooperative coordination;
  • Excellent knowledge of English.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the proportion of women in those areas in which they are currently underrepresented. We therefore specifically encourage women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals, and applications from people with disabilities are especially welcome. At the Institute, we attach great importance to the compatibility of work and family life. We support our employees through the family-friendly organization of working hours, including opportunities to work from home, and help them to find suitable childcare and schools.

Please send your application—letter, résumé, copies of qualifications, samples of your scholarly work (for example a publication), contact details of two referees—as one single PDF document exclusively through our online application portal:

Your application must be received by

               December 31, 2015 (23:59 CET).

Please note: we can only accept applications submitted electronically through the application portal.


Ms. Tanja Neuendorf, or Ms. Esther Chen,