The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Organization of German research centers. With over 1000 employees from 60 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international leading research centers in its research field. 

Database Specialist (f/m/d) for LIS applications

Code: 1803/2020/5

The LIS of the DZNE is part of the "Core Research Facilities and Services" (CRFS), a service unit offering the scientists a broad range of diverse technologies that are required by a state-of-the-art research. It is a department that operates as a purely digital library and offers Information and Data Services to the center, offering much room for personal commitment and creative possibilities.

Your tasks

  • Management of existing and new projects concerning databases, repositories and specialized tool to storage and delivery publication metadata, full texts, codes, information and research data
  • Collaboration in the further development of workflows for the management of DZNE publications and their metadata and for the preparation of data recollection and data deliveries from and to the scientists
  • Interface between the LIS and its partner libraries, IT, Strategy Office and other DZNE departments
  • General LIS activities (such as processing user requests, license and subscription management, training and support for the scientists)
  • Regular participation in project meetings (video conferences) and team meetings


  • A university degree in library or natural sciences or comparable knowledge and skills
  • Strong IT affinity or IT degree
  • Experience in data management and databases
  • High motivation to familiarize oneself with new IT-related areas as well
  • Independent, responsible and careful way of working
  • Very high service orientation
  • Communication and team working skills
  • Good command of spoken and written English
  • Commitment to continuous further training

You might have one or more of the following skills

  • Experience in dealing with metadata, persistent identifiers, linked data and ontologies
  • Familiarity with working in the Linux environment
  • Experience with the programming language Python
  • Experience with PostgreSQL
  • Experience with markup languages (XML)
  • Knowledge of German language
  • Basic knowledge of copyright and data protection law

Your work will support the development of the Library as a service provider and central point for information management within the DZNE. You prefer pragmatic solutions that you implement quickly and in a targeted manner. You are open to developments that go beyond the provision of digital media. If you enjoy a varied and challenging job in an international and scientific environment, we look forward to receiving your application.

We offer

  • A pleasant, collegial working atmosphere and an inspiring working environment in a digital and future-oriented library
  • An exciting and responsible job with professional training and development opportunities
  • Full-time/part-time employment would be considered
  • The position might also be suitable for a junior specialist
  • The position is initially limited to 2 years
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD Bund).

For further information please contact Mr. Andrea Ciocchetti, Head of LIS (




Contact details

Andrea Ciocchetti

Working hours

full-time, part-time

Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

June 5th, 2020

The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply.