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For the Department of Ecosystem Research at IGB, we are inviting applications for the position of a Full-Stack Developer (f/m/d) with a flexible start date and the option to work remotely (within Germany).

The software developer will be part of a team that is based in Berlin and builds an interactive atlas of invasion biology to keep an overview of the literature in the context of existing hypotheses and available data. This open-source tool is based on workflows that integrate open data from a variety of sources - particularly via Wikidata - and combine machine learning techniques with semantic data structures, crowdsourced metadata curation and interactive visualizations. An initial prototype based on static data can be explored at - this is currently being extended to improve scalability, user experience and the usability in other disciplines, as per the project description at .

Your tasks

  • Build software pipelines in support of data integration (particularly with Wikidata), curation and visualization
  • Document, test and demonstrate said software
  • Provide a software perspective on other aspects of the project


Your profile

  • Essential
    • Degree in a field related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics
    • Experience in collaborative software development
    • Fluent in Python, experienced with JavaScript
    • Comfortable with the full stack, from devops to web services and UX
    • Able to communicate in English in a professional environment
  • Highly desirable
    • Experienced with open-source and/ or open data projects
    • Knowledge of semantic technologies
    • Visualization skills applicable to complex data
    • Attention to detail
  • Desirable
    • Team spirit with remote experience
    • Interested in invasion biology and/ or Wikidata
    • Knowledge of German or additional languages


Our offer

We offer this position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. We foster flat hierarchies and active participation. We allow maximum individual freedom, enabling everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund). The position is principally suited for part-time work with at least 19.5 h/week. Funding for this position is available for one year full-time in the first instance, or for two years at 50%.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life. Applicants are treated equally regardless of gender. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.


Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, references, portfolio) by 25.07.2021. Please state the job reference number 28/2021 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Inquiries can be directed to Jonathan Jeschke by e-mail ( Please mention “Atlas” in the subject line.



“Research for the future of our freshwaters” is the mission of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). The IGB is Germany’s largest and one of the leading international research centres for freshwaters. We seek to understand the fundamental processes governing freshwaters and their communities. Our research findings help to tackle global environmental changes and to develop measures for sustainable water management. The IGB is a diverse and inspiring place to work and conduct research. We promote individual development at every career level and stand for lively exchange and cooperation. With more than 350 employees and guests from all over the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and at Lake Stechlin (Brandenburg). IGB closely collaborates with numerous national and international universities and other partners in science and society and is a member of the Leibniz Association, which connects 96 independent public research institutes in Germany.