IT Architect—RISE (Dept. III) (EN)

September 15, 2019

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Dept. III, Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, Director: Prof. Dagmar Schäfer), seeks an outstanding professional for the position of

IT Architect—RISE (full time, up to TVöD E14).

The position will be for one year, with possibility of extension(s). Starting date: as soon as possible, but no later than January 1, 2020.


Part of the digital humanities team in Dept. III, the successful candidate will work as the IT Architect for the Research Infrastructure for the Study of Eurasia (RISE). RISE is a digital research infrastructure that facilitates the seamless, secure linkage among digital research tools and textual collections via APIs. It has a loosely coupled software architecture, built with technologies like Javascript, Ruby on Rails, and PostgreSQL. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain, enhance, and continue to design and develop RISE and its associated technical products. In addition, s/he will be expected to communicate the work to both technical and non-technical audiences, especially to historians and digital humanities scholars. S/he will also be expected to network with other developers, present at conferences and events, and work collaboratively with other researchers and developers both within and outside the Institute. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Shih-Pei Chen and Sean Wang. The working language is English.

Skills and Requirements:

  • Knowledge of and experience with loosely coupled software architecture that involves APIs, secure data transfer, authentication and authorization
  • Familiar with open standards and their implementations (e.g., XML, TEI, Hydra, Restful APIs)
  • Strong skills in designing, prototyping, implementing, and refactoring full software package
  • Strong skills in compiling and maintaining technical documentations, as well as presentations for a non-technical audience
  • Strong skills in surveying and summarizing new technologies
  • Good communication skills with both developers and non-developers
  • Capable of working independently and proactively
  • Enthusiasm for learning new technologies and developing new skills independently
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in English

Additional Qualifications (Optional):

  • Proficiency in East Asian languages
  • Interest in open-source software development and open-access research principles
  • Familiarity with existing system architectures of large cross-institutional and international infrastructures with research tools and data (e.g., DARIAH, CLARIN, TextGrid, Voyant, HathiTrust Digital Library)
  • Experience with digital humanities or humanities-tailored digital projects
  • Experience working in international collaboration projects

Further specifications are available upon request. Please contact RISE’s project manager Sean Wang (

Applications are welcome from PhD as well as ABD (all but dissertation) in computer science or related disciplines. An advanced degree is not required, however.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications online using the following link:

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Your application should contain: cover letter, resume/CV, a portfolio of select works to demonstrate the candidate’s skills as required by the position, publication list, and names and email contact of three referees.

 The submission deadline will be September 15, 2019 (23:59 CET). Successful applicants will be contacted within two weeks after the deadline for an interview. Please note that only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.


For questions about this position, please contact Sean Wang ( For technical questions regarding the application portal, for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please first contact the Department secretary (


Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Deutschland