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Fraunhofer IIS - Compliance Manager (f/m/d) Open Source Software

Posted On: 2019-2-28
Location: Erlangen, Germany

Fraunhofer IIS’s »Audio and Media Technologies« department in Erlangen is looking for a Compliance Manager (f/m/d) Open Source Software
Interested in working on interdisciplinary questions at the interface of software development and licensing law? We might just have the job for you!
These days, more and more technologies and software products draw on elements of both open source and third-party software. Examples of open source software (OSS) include FFmpeg and libxml2, while Qt and ASIO are typical examples of third-party software.
In both cases, using the technology brings with it its own legal obligations - which is why it must be tested, approved, and documented whenever it is employed in specific technologies and software solutions. OSS compliance, as it is known, requires a knowledge both of technology and the law.

Your role

As OSS Compliance Manager, you will act as the first point of contact for any questions relating to open source and third-party software within the Audio and Media Technologies department (AME), ensuring that developer teams are employing such technology correctly and appropriately. Together with Fraunhofer headquarters, and in close consultation with the AME management team, you will implement a transparent OSS compliance process that provides a binding framework governing the use of OSS and third-party software. You will be responsible for testing, evaluating, and selecting software tools to support the OSS compliance process, and for putting these into operation. You will also process and document inquiries submitted by developers on specific issues relating to OSS and third-party software, liaising with the legal team at headquarters and, if necessary, external advisors to clear up any queries they might have. In this, you will be supported by the contracts team. Together with the developer teams, you will also be responsible for checking that legal requirements have been respected prior to software delivery, as well as delivering training sessions.

What we expect from you

- A degree in Engineering, Business Informatics or Business Law closely related to software development
- Experience in programming and software development (e.g. C/C++, GCC, gmake, SVN/Git)
- Experience of OSS projects, preferably as an active developer (e.g. on SourceForge or GitHub)
- Experience with OSS licensing and its use in commercial projects (e.g. GPL, LGPL, MIT, BSD, Apache ...), as well as knowledge of the legal framework
The position is also open to job entrants (f/m) with relevant basicknowledge and experience gained through internships and/or academic work and dissertations.

What you can expect from us

Varied and stimulating work in a committed team. The opportunity to contribute your own ideas and shape new concepts. Regular training and flexible, family-friendly work schedules. A state-of-the art workplace in a modern, bright office, shared with a maximum of two other people.
Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is committed to providing equal career opportunities for men and women.
This vacancy is also available on a part-time basis.
Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.

How to Apply:

We look forward to your application!
Please submit your application (cover letter, résumé and relevant certificates as PDFs), citing reference number IIS-2019-AME27, to: Claudia Kestler-Böhm
Please use the following link for your application:
For further information about the institute, please consult our website at:

Please mention AES001240 when applying for this position.

About Fraunhofer IIS

Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen

Phone: +49 9131 776 0
Fax: +49 9131 776 6099
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The Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Multimedia division, based in Erlangen, Germany, has been working in audio coding technology for more than 25 years and remains a leading innovator of technologies for cutting-edge multimedia systems. Fraunhofer IIS is the main inventor of MP3 and universally credited with the co-development of the AAC family of audio codecs as well as technologies for the media world of tomorrow, including Fraunhofer Cingo for virtual surround, Fraunhofer Symphoria for automotive 3-D audio, AAC-ELD for telephone calls with CD-like audio quality, and dialog enhancement to allow TV viewers to adjust dialog loudness as they desire. Through the course of more than two decades, Fraunhofer IIS has licensed its audio codec software and application-specific customizations to at least 1,000 companies. Fraunhofer estimates that it has enabled more than 6 billion commercial products worldwide using its MP3, AAC and other media technologies. The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research organization and is partly funded by the German government. With 22,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is composed of 66 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of research areas. For more information, contact Matthias Rose, matthias.rose@, or visit www.iis.fraunhofer. de/amm.

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