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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 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:

Product Owner PsychOpen & PsychArchives (m/f/d)

(salary group TV-L E13, 100%, initially limited to 2 years)

Preferred start date is January 1st, 2020 or later

Duties and functions:

The successful applicant is expected to work as product owner for different digital products/services currently offered or planned by ZPID: PsychArchives, PsychOpen Green and PsychOpen Exchange.

PsychArchives is ZPID’s core archiving service, offering access to digital research objects (e.g. data, code and publications) from Psychology. You are responsible for conceptualization and implementation of PsychArchives quality assurance, operation and content acquisition strategies together with the respective department head.

PsychOpen Green is a planned service which will make secondary publications, usually scholarly books or articles, publicly available by the “green” way of open access. PsychOpen Exchange is another planned service which will make pre-prints, usually scholarly articles, publicly available.

Both services will utilize the existing PsychArchives infrastructure to create new independent digital services. You are responsible for further initial conceptualization and later long-term development of these services, aligning them with user needs and the strategic goals of ZPID and contribute your expert and project management knowledge to their technical implementation in two agile software development projects, managed by ZPID’s Digital Research Development Services.

You will regularly and independently follow trends, developments and user needs in pre-print and green OA publishing, create strategic concepts, write scholarly articles for peer-reviewed journals and give talks around relevant topics of your work. The results of your scientific work will you help to put into practice as product owner.

Your profile:

  • Master-level degree or higher in Library and Information Science, Psychology or other relevant field
  • Competence in project planning, presentation to non-technical audiences, implementation and controlling. Experience with pre-print and “green” open access projects is a plus.
  • Good knowledge of status quo and recent trends in scientific publishing, especially with regard to Psychology (e.g. infrastructures or open science oriented standards and practices)
  • Good knowledge of the legal framework in publishing (e.g. licensing, copyright)
  • Ability to communicate with software developers about the specific needs of your projects as product owner within agile software development projects (SCRUM)
  • Ability to persistently pursue cooperation possibilities with external stakeholders in the areas of “green” open access and pre-prints
  • Very independent and thorough working, research and vocational training style
  • Excellent English skills. Knowledge of other languages is a plus.

In order to apply, please register with our online portal here

and upload the following documents (until December 8, 2019):

  • Cover letter addressing the motivation for the application and the selection criteria
  • CV (without picture)
  • Relevant certificates of degree(s)
  • Names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of potential referees
  • Excerpt of your most recent thesis (e.g. Master, Diplom, PhD)

We support your career development.

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 observe 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.

For further information, please contact Roland Ramthun via

Please note that online applications will only be accepted until 12/08/2019 via the following URL: