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

Published at 2023-09-07 - Viewed: 2072 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 Wikibase Product Platform, based in Berlin, we are looking for a permanent Junior Software Engineer (m/f/d), full-time or part-time (min. 30h/week), as soon as possible.

About the position & the team:
You will be working with the team that develops and improves the software platform that serves as a base to the Wikidata project and the Wikibase Ecosystem of interconnected knowledge graphs. You will be developing open source software that puts user needs first and increases our users’ satisfaction. At Wikimedia Deutschland we work towards a future in which people share the power to collect and organize the data that shapes humanity’s understanding of the world.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Build and maintain the functionality of the Wikibase Product Platform
  • Collaborating with the team on finding the best solution to users problems.
  • For example, that team has recently been working on a new RESTful API providing the ability to access and modify data, as well as the fundamental data editing UI.
  • Work in an agile work environment
  • Write readable, testable, sustainable, and efficient code
  • Participate in all the stages of software development including code, design, and architectural reviews providing constructive feedback
  • Engage in constantly improving the team processes and agile practices.

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
  • Have some relevant – not necessarily professional – experience in web development
  • You want to keep learning and developing yourself
  • You like being being part of a multi-disciplinary team, working towards a common goal, learning together, and supporting each other
  • You like to participate in technical discussions and are open to new ideas
  • You are not afraid of making mistakes and you learn from them
  • You are able to communicate in English at a professional capacity

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.

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Wikimedia Germany 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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