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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:

Full Stack Software Engineer (Java) 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 on development and maintenance of all Java based software in operation at ZPID within our department “Digital Research Development Services” (DRDS). This ranges from work on completely new services, like our semantic search engine PsychPorta, to already established products, like PubPsych and DataWiz. You help to design, programm and later maintain the whole architecture of our Java-based software systems from bare operating systems up to the APIs. You identify promising open source software libraries for ZPID’s products and contribute actively to them. In your daily project work you collaborate with product owners from different professions, like Psychology, in an agile environment (SCRUM).

Your technical work is complemented by regularly and independently observing trends and  developments in software engineering. You 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 within DRDS.

Your profile:

  • Master-level degree or higher in Computer Science, Software Engineering or other relevant field
  • Very broad knowledge of technologies used in the Java ecosystem
  • Good knowledge of software system architectures
  • Ability to analyze and responsibly modify legacy system architectures created by others and ability to conceptualize system architectures for new software
  • Good knowledge of web service frontend design
  • Interest in team-based collaboration with non-technical experts from other domains, e.g. Psychology, in an agile working environment (SCRUM)
  • Ability to transform informal, non-technical descriptions of features into actionable technical development tasks
  • Competence in project planning, presentation to non-technical audiences, implementation and controlling
  • 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)
  • optional: Link(s) to your software projects

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: