Scientist (data manager)/Database specialist /Engineer (m/f/d) Development of electronic laboratory notebook

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)

Geesthacht, Germany

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Institute of Materials Research

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Job description:

Scientist (data manager)/Database specialist /Engineer (m/f/d)
Development of electronic laboratory notebook
code no. 2019/WB 2
The place of employment is Geesthacht.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. You can find more information at

The Institute of Materials Research at HZG focusses on the development of lightweight alloys by optimization of microstructural and mechanical properties for specific applications based on scientific knowledge. To this end, it is crucial to understand the mechanisms governing the interactions between composition, processing and fabrication parameters, microstructure and mechanical properties. Presumption for this scientific work is the unambiguous assignment of experimental data to the materials tested as well as safe and clear storage and ordering of data of materials, processing and measured properties. To overcome the inherent disadvantages of hand-written laboratory notebooks and to fulfill the requirements of open data assessment development and implementation of an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) is intended. Here, special focus is laid on user-friendly data input.

Within this framework we are looking for a Scientist (data manager)/Database specialist /Engineer (m/f/d) Development of electronic laboratory notebook. The position is initially limited for three years (starting as soon as possible).

Project description:
You will be responsible for the development and implementation of an ELN containing processing and experimental data from various sources (e.g. data from different fabrication steps and materials data including microstructure and mechanical properties). Working basis are existing digital and paper documentations and paper lab notebooks. You will work in close cooperation with colleagues of different departments and different disciplines responsible for processing of materials, fabrication of components and assessment of experimental data. Aim is to accomplish a practice oriented user interface for input as well as for assessment of data.

In detail, you will be responsible for:
- development of the fundamental concept of the database considering especially the very different data sources and identifying their common features in order to enable consistent and easy access to and evaluation of data
- installation of hardware for entering data on site of material production and analysis, i.e. manual input as well as automated parameter and results transfer
- implementation of the database
- implementation of changelog for traceability
- design and implementation of input and output interfaces with a particular focus on usability
- step-wise feeding of the database with suitable existing data under continuous testing
- administration of user rights for different parts of the database
- continuous maintenance of the database and adaption to newly developed processes

- Bachelor's degree or Diploma in Computer Science, Engineering or comparable
- strong analytical skills and sound theoretical background
- excellent programming skills in implementation of SQL databases
experience in script languages, e.g. PHP, Python, Perl
- experience in automated documentation of manufacturing processes is appreciated
- background knowledge in the field of materials research is appreciated
- team spirit, excellent communication and organization skills, fluent English

We offer you:
- multinational work environment with over 950 colleagues from more than 50 nations
- extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
- flexible working hours and various models to ensure ensure the compatibility of family and career
- excellent infrastructure including modern work spaces
- remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2019/WB 2 including your CV, copies of credentials including grades and documentation of your English skills (TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent), preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to

Closing date for applications is September 8th, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/WB 2