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Research Associate (m/f/x) Scientific Programming
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 section 2.8 "Magnetospheric Physics" (department “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

Research Associate (m/f/x) Scientific Programming

Reference Number 4358

EU Horizon2020 project PAGER "Prediction of Adverse effects of Geomagnetic storms and Energetic Radiation"
The PAGER project will provide space weather predictions that will be initiated from observations on the Sun and will predict radiation in space and its effects on satellite infrastructure. Furthermore, the project will include a number of innovative tools including data assimilation and uncertainty quantification, new models of near-Earth electromagnetic wave environment, ensemble predictions of solar wind parameters at L1, and data-driven forecast of the geomagnetic Kp index and plasma density. As a backbone of the project, we will use the most advanced codes that currently exist.

Your responsibilities:

The expertise of a successful candidate should include extensive experience in programming. Job responsibilities will include a variety of tasks related to scientific programming:
  • develop scientific codes
  • maintain data and code repositories
  • develop visualizations for the website
  • develop various programming tools for scientific codes and data analysis
  • document and test existing codes
  • adopt scientific codes for different scientific problems
  • conduct research in the field of space physics

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree in computer sciences, physics, maths or related natural sciences
  • several years of working experience with IT programming or scientific programming
  • knowledge of Unix, Mac, and Windows operating systems
  • advanced knowledge of programming languages, such as C++, Matlab, IDL, Python, Fortran
  • experience in developing numerical codes
  • experience in maintaining Unix workstations
  • ability to work within a team
  • attention to detail and organizational skills
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Start date: as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 1 year with the possibility of extension for a further year
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)". The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement 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
  • 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
  • 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 15th November 2020 (extended). Please use our online application form only.
Please include the following documents in your application: Statement of technical skills (IT skills, operating systems, list of developed codes) including the years of experience or level of proficiency (basic/ intermediate/ expert); CV; cover letter; certificates/ transcripts.
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. Yuri Shprits by email (yuri.shprits@gfz-potsdam.de). If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge on +49 (0) 331 288-28787.


Louise Poralla
Abteilung Personal
Gebäude G, Raum 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1655
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Franca Buge
Abteilung Personal
Gebäude G, Raum 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1676
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