Project scientist at junior postdoctoral or doctoral level

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Project scientist (m/f/d) - junior postdoctoral or doctoral level

Job offer from February 26, 2020

We are a research institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. As an innovative research institution with numerous collaborations abroad, we conduct basic research in the field of astronomy. In Bad Münstereifel-Effelsberg we operate one of the largest fully steerable radio telescopes on earth. Furthermore, we maintain astronomical receiving systems at locations all over the world.

For the project "VAMPIRA" (Administration, Evaluation and Modelling of Provenance Information from Computationally Intensive Scientific Workflows) we are looking for a Project scientist (m/f/d) at junior postdoctoral or doctoral level in the area of "Computation and Astronomical Applications". The project aims to design/develop an automated analytic system that captures data provenance and thus enables reproducible workflows for data intensive analyses in radio astronomy and related fields. VAMPIRA is carried out in close cooperation with the Institute for Data Sciences of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Jena.

Your tasks

  • You will be responsible for the development of software and methods and will use astronomical pipelines in the time and image domain to test the VAMPIRA software.
  • You are expected to introduce the project to the astronomical community and related scientific fields and to establish new collaborations.
  • There is also the possibility to develop your own research program. You will work with members of the MPIfR's “Fundamental Physics in Radio Astronomy” and “Digital Signal Processing” groups and with members of the “Data Management Technologies” group at the Institute of Data Sciences.

We expect

  • A degree in computer science, astronomy, physics or a closely related subject
  • Knowledge of at least one object-oriented programming language (e.g. Python, C++)
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Very good organizational and communication skills
  • Very good English / German language skills, both spoken and written; documentation and reporting is in German and English. Complete mastery of one of these languages is considered mandatory, mastery of both is considered an asset.
  • Willingness to undertake regular business trips at home and abroad.

We offer

  • The full-time position is available immediately. The position is limited to two years with the possibility of a one-year extension.
  • Funding for travel and equipment is available
  • Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees).
  • Training and further education opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • A discounted public transport ticket

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

We look forward to receiving your complete application (including up to three reference letters) via our application portal.

The review starts 18th of March until the position is filled.

Further information about the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Hans-Rainer Klöckner via .

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Auf dem Hügel 69
53121 Bonn

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