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Director of the „Geoinformation“ Department at the GFZ with a Professorship (W3) at a University (m/f/x)
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300 employees (including our guests) we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth's system.
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 our location in Potsdam, we are looking for a:

Director of the „Geoinformation“ Department at the GFZ with a Professorship (W3) at a University (m/f/x)

Reference no. 4322

The job holder advances the digital transformation at the GFZ. They are responsible for the sustainably usable, coordinated information and data infrastructure of the GFZ and its enhancement. As a member of the directorate, they advise the Executive Board on questions regarding digitalization and IT strategy. This position has been planned with the option of a professorship for “Data Science/Geoinformation” at a university local to the GFZ.

Your responsibilities:

  • leading the “Geoinformation” department
  • leading the newly formed section for “Data Science/Geoinformation”
  • taking over the role as Chief Information Officer at the GFZ
  • W3-Professorship at a university (optional)

Your tasks:

  • strategic responsibility for and development of the department “Geoinformation” (currently Data and Information and IT Services) with up to 100 employees, in the context of GFZ strategy and the Helmholtz mission
  • perform the role of CIO at the GFZ and lead the research data management strategic committee as well as the GFZ IT committee
  • representation and advancement of the GFZ IT-strategy with regards to the digitalization strategy of the Helmholtz Association
  • development and leading of the “Data Science/Geoinformation” section with independent research orientation, in cooperation with the other scientific sections at the GFZ
  • creating an active network between departments at the GFZ for subjects on IT/Research Data Management and further development of competencies
  • shaping the collaboration with other Helmholtz Centers, universities and scientific institutes in the area of IT/Research Data Management/Data Science
  • participating in internal and external committees
  • personnel management, resource planning, resource responsibility
  • establishing consistent processes, standards and guidelines
  • obtain joint research projects

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Geo Sciences, Computer Sciences or equivalent qualification
  • PhD and postdoc experience in the area of “Data Science/Geoinformation” or related disciplines
  • management skills and experience in the planning, management and coordination of complex IT-areas
  • advanced knowledge of Research Data Management
  • national and international connections in the area of Geoinformation
  • very good knowledge of the national, European and international scientific system, experience in co-operations within and between science organizations and their institutes
  • strong communication skills and assertiveness
  • fluent in business English, international candidates should be willing to quickly learn German
  • experience obtaining third-party funding and leading large third-party funded projects
  • teaching experience and experience with supervising final theses (BSc, MSc or dissertations)

Start date: as soon as possible
Contract-type: permanent
Salary: If the professional and personal requirements are fulfilled, remuneration will be on the basis of a W3 salary in accordance with the principles of the Federal Government for non-tariff employees.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam

What we offer:

  • visible managerial position within a prominent Helmholtz-Centre in the research area of “Earth and Environment”
  • possible professorship
  • scope and freedom to carry out own research
  • international, dynamic and inspiring work environment
  • excellent possibilities for cooperation and development
  • access to unique and varied data from the Geosciences
  • flexible working hours and conditions
  • institute day-care centre on site
  • working on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam with good public transport connections by being in walking distance of Potsdam main station

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 31st August 2020 (extended). Please use our online application form only.
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. We therefore very much welcome applications from qualified women. In the case of equal aptitude, severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration in accordance with the Code of Social Law IX.
Your personal data will be treated in line with Art. 6 (1b) and Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 BbgDSG during the selection process. After the selection process has been concluded, your application documents will be deleted, in line with data protection regulation.
In case of any further queries relating to the role’s responsibilities, please contact Prof. Dr. Schuh (harald.schuh@gfz-potsdam.de). If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Poralla on +49 (0) 331 288-28787.


Franca Buge
Franca Buge
Human Resources
Building G, Room 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787

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