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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities.
For section 1.4 "Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics" (department “Geodesy”) we are looking for a

Scientist (f_m_x) for User-driven system design and FAIR workflows for valorization of Remote Sensing data

Reference Number 6359

The relevance of remote sensing data has been increased during the last decade. Especially for the monitoring of global processes, related to global change effect will be one key objective for using remote sensing data. The Horizon Europe project Open-Earth-Monitorprovide a FAIR-compliant cyberinfrastructure, based on cloud-based implementation of open source software, to serve robust and generic data science tools to a diversity of European and global programmes and actions (e.g. European Green Deal actions, Copernicus Land Monitoring Programme, Copernicus Climate Change Service, GEOSS, Destination Earth and similar) for the ultimate purpose of increasing the health and quality of life of EU citizens now and into the future.

For this project we are looking for you - enthusiastic, goal-oriented and with the affinity to lead scientific methods to the users of novel Earth Observation data. You will be responsible for co-leading a work package of the project focusing on “User-driven system design and FAIR workflows”.

Furthermore, your work will be in close collaboration with the team of the GFZ Helmholtz Innovation Lab FERN.Lab. It is a physical lab, which intends to establish itself as a technology platform for application-oriented, trans-disciplinary method developments for the analysis of remote sensing data. To improve the transfer activities of the entire Department of Geodesy, the Lab acts as an interface between scientific expertise and cooperation partners and customers.

Your responsibilities:

  • Co-Lead of Open-Earth-Monitor Workpackage 2 “User-driven system design and FAIR workflows”
  • Communication with international workpackage partner
  • Representation of GFZ on Open-Earth-Monitor meetings
  • Assessment of stakeholder and user needs using a structured surveys (EU and global)
  • Summary and synthesis of the findings of the stakeholder assessment
  • Gap Analysis (difference between stakeholder needs and the current data status)
  • Refinement of Earth Observation product specifications for uptake in the technical implementation of Open-Earth-Monitor
  • Regular and interactive stakeholder interaction and feedback on OpenEM data/products
  • Analysis of business and market development, research and evaluation of new sales opportunities for the HIL FERN.Lab
  • Management and expansion of a network consisting of partners from industry, authorities and NGOs
  • Methodical and conceptual support for the advancement of FERN.Lab consulting, software and technology solutions
  • Execution of technology screenings as well as market and competitive analyses
  • Creation of concepts, product sheets and presentations for internal and external meetings
  • Technology screening in Department 1 in the field of FERN.Lab topics in cooperation with the GFZ Technology Transfer Office.
  • Close coordination with the technology transfer office in determining suitable property rights and exploitation strategies and, if necessary, support in central technology transfer activities related to FERN.Lab

Your qualifications:

  • Master`s degree and scientific background in the field of Earth Observation, geography, economics, engineering or natural sciences
  • Experience in stakeholder analysis, innovation or technology development, ideally in the field of remote sensing and/or data science
  • Experience or interest in project management and working within consortia
  • An analytical and result-oriented, independent way of working
  • A professional approach to work stakeholders
  • Communication skills and very good business fluency in English and German as well as willingness to travel at home and abroad
  • Social competence, especially teamwork and conflict skills, initiative and a high level of resilience
  • Structured, goal-oriented and interdisciplinary way of working, persuasiveness and intercultural sensitivity
  • Very confident handling of MS Office
  • Class B driving license

What we offer:

  • Challenging and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Additional public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • 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

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: 31.12.2024 with option for extension based on 3rd party funding
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: 75% position (currently 29,25 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany

Let’s work together in search of new ideas and products, but most important, help each other to excel and further develop our own skills.

We look forward to receiving your application by 7th September 2022. 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]gfz-potsdam.de, 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]gfz-potsdam.de.

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 Mrs. Meyer zu Erpen via email at nora.meyerzuerpen@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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