Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin: Research Assistant

The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin welcomes applications for:
Research Assistent (E 14 TVöD)
Reference: SBB-IIIF-1-2013

The East Asia Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin has consistently expanded its electronic services in recent years. It operates CrossAsia as the electronic platform of the East Asia collection and its connected services which are partly funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). CrossAsia provides users with an interface to the East and Southeast Asia collections as a whole and to other special subject-related services, such as subject related  electronic resources, digitization projects in the context of the East Asia collection and access to “CrossAsia Search” which acts as an anchor for all activities in the national context.

• Research, selection and description of materials from the PR China (incl. Hong Kong and Macao) and Taiwan as well of materials from countries worldwide relating to China (PR China, Hong Kong, Taiwan) in the context to the DFG supported special collection East and Southeast Asia
• Active  collaboration on the Virtual Library East- and Southeast Asia – CrossAsia and contribution to a strategic and long-term development of novel and cutting-edge services
• Organization and senior management of digitization projects
• Contribution of texts for information materials and other documentation and their dissemination to the relevant services for academics and students in Germany
• Conducting of tours for users and participation in conferences

Selection Criteria:
• Degree (or equivalent) in Chinese Studies (pre-modern and modern)
• Excellent knowledge of pre-modern and modern written and spoken (Mandarin) Chinese and English
• Comprehensive knowledge of the organization and structure of sciences, and the publication industry in China (incl. Taiwan and Hong Kong)
• Excellent knowledge of bibliographic tools and material in this context
• Good knowledge of basic technical terminology and a broad knowledge of the needs of Chinese literature in Germany
• Good knowledge of digital products from China and Taiwan (and possibly Japan)
• Experience in digitization projects and metadata, and their detection system in research and the presentation of research collections
• In-depth knowledge and experience in the field of electronic information in East Asia / in the East Asian Studies
• High proficiency in dealing with MS Office products and web applications, content management systems and modern communication media
• Ability to discover and evaluate products and applications, and to communicate between users and programmers or to assist in finding solutions
• Ability to co-operate in a small team to develop excellent conditions for supra-regional, national and location-independent use of the East Asia collection and its services
• Applicants need to be self-motivated and work well in a team.

• Thorough knowledge of the need of East Asian scientific and research literature in Germany
• Comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of the development of the Chinese and East Asian Studies publication sector as well as excellent knowledge of the procurement opportunities and supply routes of East Asian publications
• In-depth knowledge of the East Asia collection of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, its origins and development over time
• In-depth knowledge if another language and / or script of East Asia (such as Japanese or Manchu)

The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer. Applications from female researchers are welcome. We also encourage and welcome applications from disabled persons. Where qualification and suitability of applicants are equal, applications submitted by disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration. Part-time work is generally possible.
All applications (incl. all documents) must be received by March 5th 2014 by mail (please do not send your application in electronic form)
Applications can only be returned if a stamped self-addressed envelope is sent together with the application.

For questions, please contact Matthias Kaun ( / telephone: 0049 30 266 436 000)

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Best regards,

Matthias Kaun
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
East Asia Department
Potsdamer Str. 33
D-10785 Berlin
T: 0049 30 266 436 000
F: 0049 30 266 336 001