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Advertising division: JSC - Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Reference number: 2021-488


The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) operates one of the most powerful HPC infrastructures in Europe, enabling scientists and engineers to solve highly complex problems by simulations. JSC supports the astrophysics community by running the german LOFAR Long Term Archive ( ) and has established the Simulation and Data Laboratory for Astrophysics (SLAA) supporting researchers in their daily tasks. Besides, it is part of, for example, PUNCH4NFDI and "Verein für datenintensive Radioastronmie". The here advertised position is part of the Big Bang to Big Data initiative (B3D) (more information: ), which is an interdisciplinary cluster consisting of eight research groups from universities and research institutes across Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany). It brings together radio astronomy and astrophysics with data science and data technology. B3D is involved in developing, operating, and exploiting leading radio observatories and handling and analysing their radio data or bringing in data science and data technology expertise.

We are looking to recruit a

Research and Support Scientist - Computing and Data Science in Astrophysics

Your Job:

The applicant will be tasked with optimising resources, promoting synergies, sharing insights and disseminating knowledge. Typical tasks expected of the successful candidate(s) include:

  • Devising and implementing strategies as part of the B3D team to address the technical and infrastructure challenges for effective use of current and future HPC-systems.
  • Support in project management and fund raising in the B3D context.
  • Connecting simulation and observational data management, archiving and HPC computing. Facilitating and supporting the transfer of HPC, data archiving and workflow expertise to other B3D consortium members.
  • Support in the development of concepts for the next generation data archiving challenges.

Your Profile:

  • A university degree (PhD or Master) in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Computer Science or related relevant field
  • Experience and interest in astrophysical research, data management or scientific computing
  • First experiences in research management, application for funding, or organisation of networks is an advantage
  • Strong programming and modern software engineering skills is an asset
  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written German and English
  • Self-motivated personality, with the ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team and environment on challenging problems

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:

  • Flextime and home office option
  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional further development
  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work

We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. The position is for a fixed term of 3 years. Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).

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