Electronic Linked Annotated Unified Tablature Edition

For the FWF-funded project “E-LAUTE” the Austrian National Library (Dept. for Research and Data Services) is looking for the fixed-term position (until 28.02.2026) of a

Research Associate

Prae-Doc / Doctoral Student (75 %, 30 h/week)

E-LAUTE (https://e-laute.info) is an extensive interdisciplinary research project with the aim of developing a novel form of music edition. In the position of a Research Associate you will work with the team on modeling project data as well as on developing solutions fitting the project’s information retrieval challenges. You have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to an exciting international and interdisciplinary research project. Your office will be at the Austrian National Library, at the very center of Vienna. You will be part of a team of currently 20 developers, data scientists and librarians at the department for Research and Data Services.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Research on the representation of linked information assets using semantic technologies with a special focus on integrating user generated data
  • Modeling and mapping project data as Linked Open Data
  • Collaborative research into the extension of the MEI standard toward modeling music notations in tablature-based formats
  • Data integration (transcriptions, annotations) within the Austrian National Library’s sustainable infrastructure for digital editions (https://edition.onb.ac.at)
  • Proactive collaboration with project colleagues in other areas, particularly in the implementation of search functionalities within the Austrian National Library’s infrastructure for digital editions
  • Opportunity for a doctoral dissertation in informatics (computer science) and publications

Employment requirements include:

  • Completed Masters studies in informatics, data science, or digital humanities with a strong technical focus
  • Affinity with research questions and methodologies of digital humanities and/or musicology an advantage
  • Knowledge and experience with data modeling
  • Knowledge of semantic technologies
  • Knowledge of the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) and/or Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standards an advantage
  • Team-oriented approach, strong communication skills and ability to work under pressure in time-critical project phases -Very good knowledge of English, very good knowledge of German an advantage


The salary is 2,300.30 euros (gross) per month (14 salaries/year) on the basis of 30 h/week. The place of employment is the Austrian National Library / Department of Research and Data Services in Vienna. Options for working remotely at a flexible schedule. We look forward to receiving your application. Please send your letter of motivation and CV including links to reference software projects or relevant code repositories summarized in one PDF file by 11/6/2023 to: jobs-elaute@onb.ac.at Submission of the application constitutes consent under data protection law to the processing of your application data. The personal data you provide will be used exclusively within the framework of the selection procedure. Your application documents will be stored internally until the selection procedure is completed and will be deleted thereafter.