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Software Engineer (Wikidata) (m/f/d) Full-time

Published at 2023-09-01 - Viewed: 1876 times - Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin, Germany

At Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. we help create, collect and distribute free knowledge.

In 2004, volunteer Wikipedia activists founded the non-profit association Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin, which now consists of over 100,000 members and 160 full-time staff.

Free knowledge leads to a fairer world. Wikipedia is the most important online knowledge collection of our time. The German Wikipedia alone records almost 1 billion page views per month for a total of 2.6 million articles. We – Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. – support the volunteers of Wikipedia and its sister projects, develop free software, such as Wikidata, and advocate for free access to knowledge, the opening of education and research, and more common good orientation in data policy.

For our Team Wikidata, based in Berlin, we are looking for a permanent Software Engineer, full-time or part-time (min. 32h/week), as soon as possible.

About the position & the team:
You will be working with the team that develops and improves the software behind the Wikidata project. Wikidata is a free and open knowledge graph that can be read and edited by both humans and machines and is a part of the Linked Open Data Network. You will be developing open source software that puts user needs first and increases users’ satisfaction. Wikidata has the clear goal of giving more people more access to more knowledge and you will be part of that!

What you’ll be doing:

  • Build and maintain the functionality of Wikidata and its associated tools, collaborating with the team on finding the best solution to user problems.
  • Participate in all the stages of software development as well as code, design, and do code reviews providing constructive feedback
  • Maintain a good understanding of the technical aspects of the product roadmap as well as the team goals
  • Engage in constantly improving the team processes and agile practises

What we offer:

  • A participative collaboration guided by our values: participation, diversity, free and open access, equity, sustainability and respectful collaboration
  • Benefits: 30 vacation days and additional time off on Dec. 24th and New Year’s Eve, public transport ticket, access to our company pension scheme allowance, continued salary in the event of sick children
  • All overtime is recorded and converted into compensatory time off
  • An office located in the center of Berlin and hybrid work options
  • In-house training and continued professional development as well as free external life coaching (professional advice and coaching on job-related and private issues)

What makes you right for this role:

  • You are passionate and care about software.
  • Your background is not important as long as you have a solid understanding and experience with object oriented programming and web development
  • You have experience with PHP
  • Experience with MediaWiki is a big plus
  • You have an eye for software design and quality and you understand the importance of tests
  • You like working in a team working towards a common goal, learning together, and supporting and lifting up your peers
  • You are not afraid of making mistakes, you want to keep learning and developing yourself
  • You are able to communicate in English with professional proficiency

Then apply now! Send us your detailed application documents (Resume & Motivational Letter (yes, we read them)) via our job portal. We kindly ask you to refrain from application photos and information on date of birth, marital status and parents. The application deadline is September 30th, 2023. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Wikimedia Deutschland is committed to equal opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of, for example, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or belief, political or other convictions, gender, age, disability, or sexual identity or orientation.

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