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Advertising division: INM-6 - Computational and Systems Neuroscience
Reference number: 2021-136

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Research data are the foundation of scientific discovery. Establishing the provenance of data, enabling its reusability and ensuring long-term availability increases the value, transparency and visibility of research, and opens possibilities for interdisciplinary research, e.g., through approaches from artificial intelligence. The Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration is an association-wide platform that develops and establishes novel concepts, services and workflows to annotate complex and heterogeneous research data with metadata throughout the various phases of acquisition and processing in support of the FAIR principles

HMC will be anchored as a “Metadata Hub” within the Helmholtz research domain Information in order to engage and actively involve the scientific community. The Hub is coordinated by the Institute for Advanced Simulation - Materials Data Science and Informatics (IAS-9) at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Within the Hub Information, the team for Data Science in Electro- and Optophysiology at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-10) headed by Dr. Michael Denker as part of the Statistical Neuroscience group of Prof. Sonja Grün (INM-6) will address the needs from the perspective of the neuroscience community in close coordination with its embedding in international initiatives (e.g., the “Human Brain Project”). The advertised position will link the activities of the INM-6 to the “Metadata Hub Information” when creating tools, establishing use cases, and working on standards for metadata and ontologies.

We are looking to recruit a

Data Steward Neuroscience - Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration in the Hub Information

Your Job:

  • Support of the Helmholtz-wide establishment of the HMC Hub Information at Forschungszentrum Jülich and in the domain of neuroscience
  • Organization, integration and utilization of metadata schemas within the neuroscience domain and metadata expert communities within the HMC and the Hub Information
  • (Co-)Development of domain-specific vocabularies, ontologies and metadata schemas in collaboration with colleagues in the Hub Information and across the HMC, as well as with international neuroscience initiatives (e.g., EBRAINS)
  • Design and development of conceptual solutions and software to facilitate metadata creation workflows and stimulate metadata recording in neuroscience laboratories
  • Execution of collaborative projects for implementations in the context of FAIR data principles, supported by further HMC computer scientists
  • Co-development and operation of a domain-specific consulting format for anchoring metadata management in the research centers and dissemination of HMC developed tools
  • Representing the HMC and its technologies at scientific seminars, conferences, during educational courses, and to the public
  • Close cooperation with scientists from neuroscience (e.g., in the context of the Bernstein Network) and building interactions to scientific and engineering disciplines, especially in questions of metadata and in the design of projects supported by HMC
  • Building competence networks with other data stewards and supporting computer scientists
  • Preparation of position papers, best practices and publications

Your Profile:

  • Completed study (Master, Diploma) in natural sciences or engineering
  • PhD degree and neuroscience background is beneficial
  • Proven knowledge and programming experience in at least one high-level language as well as knowledge in script languages (preferably Python), experience in web-based services for managing software (version control, issue tracking, CI,…)
  • Practical experience with data / research data management and data analysis in neuroscience
  • Experience in applying and designing metadata standards is an advantage
  • High ability to work with an interdisciplinary, international team
  • Communication and teamwork skills as well as the ability to cooperate
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Ability to work independently, systematically and on one’s own responsibility
  • Good communication skills with developers and scientists
  • Enthusiasm for a highly topical subject with great scientific and social relevance
  • Willingness to travel

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • A position in a creative, dynamic and international team that conducts research at the frontiers of science, where your work will have noticeable impact on shaping the digitization of science
  • World class science environment at the interface between neuroscience and digital technologies, enabling scientific progress on the most complex known systems
  • A large research campus in Jülich with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • An attractive workspace at the "Technologiezentrum Aachen" (TZA) close to Aachen downtown, for the cooperation with the HMC team there
  • Secure employment in a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary context
  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional further development
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service


We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. The position is initially for a fixed term of 1 years, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade EG 13 TVöD-Bund.

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.