Physicist /IT scientist (m/f/d)

 StepStone ·  28.05.2019 ·  Darmstadt ·  GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH


GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates one of the leading particle accelerators for science. In the next few years, the new FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) one of the world's largest research projects, will be built in international cooperation. GSI and FAIR offer the opportunity to work together in this international environment with a team of employees committed to ensure each day to conduct world-class science.

The idea of the initiative European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is to realise a European science cloud which enables universal access to research data via one single online platform. In this context GSI and FAIR are participating in the EU project ESCAPE (European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures). At GSI the IT department takes over a leading role by being responsible for operations and further developments of the extensive IT infrastructure of GSI and FAIR.

For the department IT in the group Distributed Computing we look at the earliest possible date for a

Physicist /IT scientist (m/f/d) Posting ID: 1910-19.64


Conceptual design, planning, development, setup and operation of a prototype of a federated data infrastructure system, a so called „Data Lake” which should serve as a basis for an „open access” data service

Optimisation of the data infrastructure system with respect to reliability, performance and scalability

Integration of the generated „Data Lake” into higher ranking infrastructures such as the „European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)” under consideration of the „FAIR“ data principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable)

Make sure that the built data infrastructure system supports the primary scientific requirements of the FAIR experiments

Collaboration on national, regional, and international level with scientific as well as industrial partners and participation in corresponding workshops and conferences

Development of appropriate interfaces to individual data centres, HPC centres, and to commercial and scientific Cloud resources

To ensure the existence of long time data preservation as well as Quality of Storage (QoS).



Successfully completed studies (Bachelor, Master, Diploma) of Computer Science, Physics, or comparable course of studies

First experience in setting up storage and data transfer services as well as knowledge of storage software environments used in High Energy Physics, as e.g. XRootD

Familiarity with the concepts of distributed computing and storage as well as with the concepts of HTC/Grid and HPC computing and knowledge about scientific and commercial Cloud systems

Know-How in the data processing requirements of the participating experiments, especially the FAIR and LHC experiments

Good knowledge in basic network technologies and the Linux operating

Knowledge in programming and scripting languages as C/C++, Python, Ruby is highly appreciated

The ability to do work in project-oriented context

Good knowledge and practice of the English and languages.


You work with love for detail and have good communication skills, high methodic and social competences and the willingness to learn additional skills. Your work style is team and solution-oriented.

you with an extensive on-the-job-training, offering a versatile and demanding work environment in an international research institute.

The position is initially limited to a duration of 3 years. Salary is equivalent to that for public employees as specified in the collective agreement for public employees (TVöD Bund).

GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply for the position.

Handicapped persons will be preferentially considered when equally qualified.

Information about FAIR and GSI is available at gsi.de and fair-center.eu.

If you consider the described scope of duties as a personal challenge and are interested to work in an exceptional international, in a strong way technically stamped environment, please send your complete application documents including your idea of your salary as well as information about the earliest possible starting date while mentioning the posting-ID at the latest until June 14, 2019 to:




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