Job opportunity at ELAR

The Endangered Languages Archive is looking for a Digital Archivist / Research Data Manager to join the team at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) is a learned society based in Berlin. Basic research in the humanities, the interdisciplinary treatment of scientific and societal questions concerning the future in order to advise politics and society, and the dialogue between science and the public form the core areas of its work.

The BBAW is home to the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP). ELDP, funded by Arcadia, is dedicated to documenting and preserving endangered languages by funding documentation projects around the world, assisting grantees in conducting field research and archiving their documentary collections, and making those collections freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR).

The Endangered Languages Archive is a digital repository for preserving multimedia collections of endangered languages from all over the world, making them available for future generations.

ELAR’s mission is to:

  • provide a safe long-term repository for language documentation collections
  • train and support depositors in collection creation and preservation
  • make collections accessible free of charge to researchers, communities, and the public
  • support users in discovering and accessing recordings

ELAR holds over 500 multimedia collections of endangered languages. We are seeking a dedicated Digital Archivist / Research Data Manager to manage and grow the archive. The main focus of the position is to provide is to manage and develope the archive further. Also the job holder is to provide advice and support on topics related to research data management of language data for language communities, linguists, and documenters. In this context, the preparation and implementation of information and training events is expected in particular, as well as the support of depositors in data preparation and archiving. Furthermore, the use of the archive in research and teaching is to be developed, promoted and expanded globally. Cooperations with museums are also to be pursued utilising the collections.

ELAR is looking for the following person to start as soon as possible:

Digital Archivist / Research Data Manager (m/f/d) for the Endangered Languages Archive, full time for an initial fixed term of two years.

Your tasks:

  • Coordination and innovative development of the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) and the research data at ELAR
  • Representing ELAR on topics related to research data management of language data and networking with all relevant partners, as well as representing ELAR in working groups and consortia, e.g. DELAMAN, in the BMBF project QUEST and in NFDI consortia (e.g. Text+, NFDI4Culture, NFDI4Memory)
  • Organisation and coordination of the collaboration with the digital initiatives of the BBAW
  • Data preparation and ingestion using ELAR’s repository software
  • Supporting depositors in archiving language data and creation of all kinds of information materials
  • Maintenance of the web presence for ELAR’s research data
  • Planning and implementing information and training events on research data management of language data and Open Science
  • Publications on relevant topics and preparation of third-party funding applications

Your profile:

  • Degree in information sciences or comparable degree with relevance to the field of activity, doctorate desirable
  • In-depth experience with research data and research data management, FAIR & CARE principles and common metadata standards and ontologies
  • Experience with appropriate IT and software infrastructures and packages, and with modern archiving and library software
  • Good IT knowledge in the areas of networks, servers, storage and basic services
  • Very good practical experience in planning and conducting training and information events
  • High willingness to always acquire up-to-date knowledge and a comprehensive overview in the IT sector
  • Very good written and spoken German and English skills; another foreign language highly desirable
  • Willingness to participate in international workshops and to work in national and international working groups
  • Distinct ability to work conceptually and analytically and to solve complex problems
  • Independent and systematic way of working, planning competence and goal orientation
  • High degree of commitment and initiative, flexibility and ability to work under pressure
  • Very good communication and teamwork skills, combined with a strong sense of responsibility for the entire work area

Our offer:

  • A centrally located, easily accessible workplace at the historic Gendarmenmarkt
  • Varied work in a committed, intercultural team
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working
  • Company pension plan and capital-forming benefits
  • Subsidy for BVG ticket
  • 30 days of vacation for a full-time job, plus time off on 12/24 and 12/31.
  • Exciting insights into the scientific landscape
  • Remuneration is in accordance with pay group E13 TV-L Berlin. The place of employment is Berlin.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities strives to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented in accordance with the State Equal Opportunity Act and the Women’s Promotion Plan; therefore, applications from women are explicitly encouraged. Applications from persons with migration background are explicitly welcome; applications from disabled persons will be given priority in the case of equal suitability.

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities strives to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented in accordance with the State Equal Opportunity Act and the Women’s Promotion Plan; therefore, applications from women are explicitly encouraged. Applications from persons with migration background are explicitly welcome; applications from disabled persons will be given priority in the case of equal suitability.

Please send your informative application documents, quoting the reference number “ELAR/10/2021“, preferably as a PDF (max. 5 MB) by 23.11.2021 to:

personalstelle@bbaw.de

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Personnel and Legal Department
Ms. Ines Hanke
Jägerstr. 22/23, 10117 Berlin

Application documents can only be returned if a prepaid envelope is enclosed.

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