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Student Assistant (f/m/x) in Web Development and Visualisation for Gravity Field Data
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 1.2 "Global Geomonitoring and Gravity Field" (Department 1 Geodesy), we are looking for a

Student Assistant (f/m/x) in Web Development and Visualisation for Gravity Field Data

Reference Number 5244

International Centre for Global Earth Models (ICGEM)

International Centre for Global Earth Models (ICGEM, URL: icgem.gfz-potsdam.de) is one of the five services coordinated by the International Gravity Field Service (IGFS) of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and is a part of Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS). The primary objective of the ICGEM service is to collect and archive all existing static and temporal global gravity field models and provide an online interactive calculation service for the computation of gravity field functionals freely available to the general public. The ICGEM Service has been hosted and funded by the GFZ-Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences and is supported by model developers and service users at an international level.

The task of this job is further development resp. enhancement of particular web-based ICGEM service components with dedicated focus on the visualization tools.

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop a workflow that links the ICGEM Calculation Service with a Visualization Interface to display temporal model series
  • Develop a workflow that optimises the existing 3D Visualisation tools
  • Data and metadata compilation for global gravity field modelling
  • Close collaboration within an interdisciplinary network of scientists

Your qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Geosciences, Physics, Mathematics or other related sciences
  • Proven experience with web-development (Front and Backend)
  • Proficiency in python3
  • Programming skills in JavaScript
  • Experience with MongoDB
  • Knowledge of OpenLayers, CherryPy, Jinja2 is beneficial
  • Good knowledge of the English and German languages
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with supervision in a multidisciplinary team

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term:  Maximum 6 months
Salary: Remuneration is according to the rules of the TdL (tariff area East) for student assistants with a Bachelor’s degree: currently € 12.21/h
Working hours: Maximum 19,25 hours per week
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by  31.07.2021 via email at Dr. Sinem Ince (sinem@gfz-potsdam.de).

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@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@gfz-potsdam.de.

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Franca Buge
Franca Buge
Abteilung Personal
Gebäude G, Raum 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787
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