Research Associate (m/f/x) in Computer Science, Geoinformatics

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)

Potsdam, Germany

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1260 employees (including visiting scientists), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization. For Section 4.4 "Hydrology" we invite applications for a

Job Vacancy No. 2526

Your responsibilities:

  • development and implementation of comcepts and methods for merging and providing heterogeneous spatio-temporal data
  • design of data workflows and processing pipelines and their associated standardized interfaces
  • development of software components for the management of metadata for scientific geo-data
  • supporting researchers, e.g. in the software-based processing of geo-scientific data

Your qualifications:

  • MSc. degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Geoinformatics or similar discipline with practical experience in software development projects
  • ability to independently develop and implement complex software systems and their interfaces, using current methods of software engineering
  • high communication and team skills
  • broad interest and understanding of research questions
  • proficient English language skills

You have experience/knowledge:

  • in two or more server-side programming languages: e.g. Python, Java
  • with relational or NoSQL databases
  • with versioning and build automation, e.g. Git, CI, make
  • in dealing with metadata
  • with geographic software libraries, packages and applications such as OpenLayers, GeoServer, PostGIS
  • with data formats and exchange protocols, such as JSON and REST, netCDF and OPeNDAP
  • with standards of the OGC

Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: 31st December 2020
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Location: Potsdam You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.Please submit your application online by 31st May 2019 using the "Apply" button.Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

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