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Research Software Engineer / Full Stack Developer (f_m_x) - DEGREE

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Employment - Hours
Full time

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Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for research into the geosphere. With around 1,650 employees, we develop a sound understanding of systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to counter global change, understand natural hazards and sustainably secure energy and raw material requirements.

For section 5.2 eScience-Zentrum (Department 5 “Geoinformation”), we are looking for a: Reference Number 9518

The core competence of the GFZ eScience Centre is software engineering and related topics - from the piloting of software solutions and services to the support during implementation, use and commissioning. In a research project, a virtual digital laboratory is to be developed to improve the understanding of underground conditions and assess the potential for utilising geothermal energy. During implementation, the aim is to integrate various systems technologically and establish the automation of processes to enable the synthesis of observation data from distributed data sources, the combination of different model modules, the merging of simulation and observation data as well as their visualisation and interaction by users.

Your responsibilities:
  • Design and develop a web application for the merging, visualisation and analysis of 3D geological subsurface data, including but not limited to:
    • Record and analyse existing IT systems and user requirements
    • Design data flows, interfaces and software architectures
    • Implement web services and integrate data and software solutions from scientific working groups
  • Work in a distributed team with participation from scientific institutions, public authorities and industrial partners
Your qualifications:
  • 3+ years of experience in full-stack software development and in participating in software development projects, preferably in distributed teams
  • Knowledge and experience of agile processes, business analysis, requirements management and process development
  • Communication skills and ability to communicate complex knowledge
  • Experience in coordinating with different work units and stakeholders
  • Motivation, initiative and creativity
  • Ability to cooperate and work in a team
  • Independent, solution-oriented working style
  • Advanced knowledge of written and spoken English and German

You have experience:

  • With interactive, three-dimensional visualisation frameworks based on WebGL
  • Web technologies such as React, Vue.js, CSS, SASS or other current frontend or backend frameworks
  • With technologies for geo-referenced data storage, including PostgreSQL/PostGIS
  • Processing and providing geodata, e.g. with GeoServer, Geonode and GIS
  • With data formats, data exchange protocols and standards, e.g. OGC standards, GeoJSON, 3D tiles and REST
  • In TypeScript, Java, Python or other programming languages
  • With versioning and build tools such as Git, npm
  • Using GitLab CI/CD, automation tools and container technologies such as Docker
Start date: 01st October 2024
Fixed-term: 2 years
Salary: The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)" with the fulfilment of the respective personal qualifications in salary group 13.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam What we offer:
  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
Have we piqued your interest?If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 24th July 2024. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at], who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Martin Hammitzsch either via email at or phone +49 (0)331-6264-1717. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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