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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 1,500 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 for developing XAI methods (f_m_x)

Reference Number 7357

We are looking for a researcher focusing on developing novel explainable AI methods for the open-source Explainable AI system called "ClarifAI," which is being developed in the GFZ research group BigData Analytics. The open-source system "ClarifAI" supports scientists in producing reliable and tractable AI methods by combining XAI methods (extracting meaningful information from AI systems) with interactive visualization methods. The position offers researchers the opportunity to increase the credibility of using AI systems in science and the public and to advance AI to a human-friendly level. 

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop novel XAI methods addressing XAI challenges of Earth and environmental scientists and extend the current state of "ClarifAI" 
  • Collaborate with scientists at national and international levels to facilitate research and development activities for "ClarifAI" 
  • Develop research visions and proposals for securing research grants from national and international funding agencies to strengthen research and development activities for "ClarifAI"

To apply for the position, applicants should have proven experience in routinely using concepts and methods from Visual Analytics and XAI and adopting these concepts and methods to new scenarios and challenges. The open-source Explainable AI system "ClarifAI" has a modular design. Applicants should have a proven record of routinely developing large-scale software systems based on message-passing and remote procedure calls (RPC) architectures. 

Your qualifications:

  • Master`s degree or equivalent in computer science
  • Proven record of using the Python programming language, Typescript, Vuejs/Vuetify, Openlayers, and D3 fluently and independently
  • Proven record of applying computer science concepts and paradigms to novel challenges and scenarios
  • Proven record of conducting research work in interdisciplinary settings
  • An open mind for collaborative research and developing XAI and interactive visualization methods for crucial XAI challenges of scientists

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
  • 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: 3 years
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: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 13th April 2023. 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 Dr. Mike Sips via email at mike.sips@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.

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