Research engineer or research developer 

Stellenangebot vom 15. Juli 2022

We’re currently seeking to appoint a research engineer or research developer for a fixed-term contract of 18 months. The candidate will join the digital publishing team and the Digital Humanities Lab in order to develop a new “workbench”, a web-based interface that will support authors and editors in the creation and enrichment of digital scholarly publications in the Humanities.

The texts will be handled as XML (JATS or TEI mainly) and the enrichment includes, but is not limited to:

  • dynamic bibliographic references connected to OPAC or repositories
  • IIIF images with annotations
  • semantic connections to linked open data (people, places, dates & more)

The content might be imported from text editors (with or without original reference database fields) and the final result will be exported to several formats, either for review and editing (xml, docx, pdf) or for publishing platforms, like OJS and TEI Publisher (xml, html, pdf, epub). In particular a plugin for OJS needs to be developed or enhanced to ease the import of all the needed parts in one packet.

The interface will need to handle users (possibly in conjunction with existing login services as ORCID) and must be able to connect and store contents from different services.

The project is intended to be open source and thus creating proper documentation will be part of the tasks.


  • Sc. or PhD in Computer Science or related disciplines
  • Experience with applying information technologies to Digital Humanities is a plus



  • PHP
  • Client-side JavaScript development
  • Common data exchange formats (JSON, XML) and transformations (XSLT)
  • Ability to query HTTP-based APIs regardless of the programming language
  • Ability to quickly learn new standards based on the above knowledge
  • Inclination toward team work and continuous reporting/issue tracking/development documentation


  • PHP for plugin development (preferably OJS, but knowledge of content management systems like Drupal or WordPress is also appreciated)
  • Knowledge of Linked Data standards (RDF, SPARQL, JSON-LD, ontologies)


English. German and/or Italian are desirable.


This project is funded by DFG within the "Infrastructures for Scholarly Publishing” funding program. The salary expected is Postdoctoral Researcher or Comparable, 18 months at 100%, starting as soon as possible. The position is based in Rome (Italy) but remote work options can be discussed upon request

How to apply

The call will be open until a suitable candidate is selected. Send your application online through our recruitment portal, together with:

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae & studiorum
  • Portfolio and/or References (max. 3) that you feel useful to better demonstrate your competences (online links are encouraged)

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