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Advertising division: IAS-9 - Materials Data Science and Informatics
Reference number: 2020-416


Research data are the foundation of scientific discovery and an essential component of societal progress. Establishing the provenance of data, and ensuring its reusability and long-term availability increases the value, transparency and visibility of research. That is the mission of the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration: the association-wide platform develops and establishes novel concepts, services and workflows that allow annotation of complex and heterogeneous research data with metadata throughout the various phases of recording and processing. This preserves the long-term value of research data, or even increases it, e.g. in the case of interdisciplinary research fields such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. The implementation of the FAIR data principles and their integration into scientist’s research routines is one important milestone during this process.
Within the Helmholtz research domain Information HMC will be anchored as a so-called “Metadata Hub” at the Institute for Advanced Simulation - Materials Data Science and Informatics (IAS-9) at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Here we engage and actively involve the scientific community when creating tools, and adjusting standards for metadata and ontologies, ensuring our work adds value to the scientific endeavor. Doing this, our work benefits from the unique and advantageous infrastructure and the interdisciplinary and data driven research environment of the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Helmholtz-Association which offer unique opportunities for new synergies between e.g. experiment and simulation.

We are looking to recruit a

Senior Software Developer / Programmer - Research Data Management

Your Job:

Support our newly installed branch of the institute IAS-9 by contributing to the establishment and implementation of our software development activities. You will closely collaborate with software developers and data scientists within IAS-9 while maintaining also close contact with the scientific community in the Helmholtz research domain Information. Your tasks will include:

  • Establishment and tutoring of relevant software development activities within the project and the organizational unit IAS-9
  • Collection and recording of data provenance and workflow documentation
  • Liaise to other established RDM activities at the FZJ and with research domain Information
  • Development of metadata specific user interfaces and related modules towards integration into electronic lab books (ELBs)
  • Use case implementation in the context of HMC
  • Software integration of www sources (repositories, databases & data warehouses)
  • Close cooperation and exchange with other developers and users in the field, mentoring within the research unit
  • Supervision of student projects and BSc/MSc theses

Your Profile:

  • University degree (Master, Diploma) or similar in information science, computer science, natural sciences or engineering with a relevant connection to the topic. PhD degree is beneficial
  • Experience with software development, specifically with the development of web-based and distributed applications, microservice-architecture, containers and API first-design
  • Excellent knowledge of contemporary script- and programming languages
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and common repositories are welcome, as well as an affinity for GUI design
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • Ability to think analytically and abstractly. Willingness to work in an international and a multidisciplinary team environment where developments are driven in a cooperative and team oriented fashion
  • Enthusiasm to support scientists in with respect to metadata & research data management

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • A dynamic, creative environment, an open-minded culture of innovation, short decision-making processes and flat hierarchies, in which lifelong learning in dealing with one of the great challenges of science is not a foreign word but a claim. Our goal is to make a difference together!
  • Secure employment in a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary context on an attractive research campus located between the cities Köln/Düsseldorf/Aachen
  • Comprehensive further training program
  • Extensive company health management
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life-life such as the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave

We offer an exciting role in an up-to-date scientific context. The position is initially for a fixed term of 2 years, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TvöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade EG 13/14 TvöD-Bund.

Place of employment: Aachen

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.