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Web Developer Backend/Frontend (f/m/x) at FERN.Lab
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 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 section 1.4 "Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics" (department 1 “Geodesy”), we are looking for a:

Web Developer Backend/Frontend (f/m/x) at FERN.Lab

Reference Number 4678

We are the Helmholtz Innovation Lab “Remote Sensing for Sustainable Resource Use”– FERN.Lab, and since our founding in 2020 we are part of Section 1.4 "Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics" (Department 1 "Geodesy"). FERN.Lab is a physical lab to be set up, which is intended 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.

Over the past decades the Geodesy Department has developed strong expertise on processing high-resolution optical, thermal and radar image data, parameter derivation from imaging spectroscopy, deriving time-variable evaluations of earth gravity measurements, the development of inexpensive receivers for GNSS data for high-precision position determination, monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as on the application of sensor simulations and big data analyses. From the world-wide recognized Geodesy Department’s expertise, FERN.Lab intends to create innovative geographic information products and services to improve the work of companies, authorities and non-governmental organizations in the areas of environmental monitoring, smart farming, raw material exploration, groundwater monitoring or infrastructure monitoring. 

We are growing and our team is looking for you - enthusiastic, goal-oriented and with the affinity to lead scientific methods to commercial success - to support our software development activities! Enrich our team, consisting of management, business development, PR, software development and scientists from GFZ, and actively help shaping FERN.Lab through your creativity and commitment. 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!

Your responsibilities:

  • You will design and implement sophisticated front-end solutions and the associated cloud-based back-end based on current technologies
  • In a small team you will support the entire development process of a web application from the requirement analysis to the deployment.
  • You will develop solutions for the management, analysis and visualization of large amounts of remote sensing data.

Your qualifications:

  • university degree in geo-/computer science (or similar) respectively comparable training/practical knowledge
  • in-depth knowledge of OGC standards such as WMS, WFS, WMTS, FE, SLD or similar
  • at least 3 years professional experience in frontend technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JSP, Javascript, CSS, JSON, Leaflet, OpenLayers, and Angular
  • at least a year professional experience in backend technologies (web servers, web application frameworks, and containerization) such as Flask, Tornado, Nginx and Docker
  • programming experience, in particular Python and Open Source GIS Python packages
  • experience in dealing with project management, version control systems, such as GIT, Maven and Conda
  • good knowledge of standards and methods of software development
  • high self-motivation, independence and ability to work in a team
  • good knowledge of German and English (technical English), both written and spoken

Start date: as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 30th June 2022
Salary: The salary grouping will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)” and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
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
  • in walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 31st January 2021 (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 Dr.-Ing. Julia Neelmeijer on +49 (0) 331-288-28621. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Poralla on +49 (0) 331-288-28787.


Louise Poralla
Human Resources
Building G, Room 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787