Research Associate (m,w,d) in the area of Data Life Cycle Management Methods

 StepStone ·  16.05.2019 ·  Hamburg ·  Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH


The German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) is the central data processing facility for the German climate and Earth system modelling and is one of the leading facilities in this area. DKRZ operates supercomputers in the highest performance class, modern high-performance clusters and graphics systems as well as one of the largest data and archive systems worldwide. DKRZ participates in many national and international projects aiming to improve the infrastructure for climate modelling. Through its research group on scientific  computing DKRZ is linked to the department of informatics of the University of Hamburg. DKRZ invites applications for a Research Associate (m,f,d) within the research theme „High-Performance Computing and Data-Intensive Science“ of the excellence cluster CLICCS „Climate, Climate Change and Society“. CLICCS is an ambitious research program at the University of Hamburg and its partner institutions. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it is part of Germany’s Excellence Strategy. The program aims to understand climate changes, taking into account internal variability, extreme events, and unexpected side effects, addressing the natural and social spheres as well as their interactions. A focus of CLICCS is on research and development to meet the challenges arising from increasing computational requirements of climate research on the one hand, and bottlenecks limiting the efficiently scalable exploitation of high-performance computing on the other hand. A top-level objective in this respect is the conceptual improvement as well as development and application-oriented evaluation of innovative methods in the area of Data Life Cycle Management Methods. The activity contributes to a “cross-disciplinary lab”, where CLICCS computer and data scientists collaborate with climate scientists and model developers. We invite applications in this area:

Research Associate (m,w,d) in the area of Data Life Cycle Management Methods

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As part of CLICCS and as a communicative team member of the Data Management Department at DKRZ, you will take on a variety of data management tasks in the context of the interdisciplinary cooperation in CLICCS and increasing requirements with regard to data generation, storage and analysis:


Optimization of research data management in CLICCS through collaborative development of sustainable concepts and concrete solutions.

Transfer of the solutions into practice.

Initiation of projects within the intersection of climate research and data sciences.



University degree, preferably PhD, in Geosciences, Computer Science, or related fields

You have experience in the conception, realization and evaluation of climate model experiments and their interplay with data infrastructures

Sound background in handling observational data

You have good and proven knowledge in software development, especially Python

Excellent verbal and written communication skills (German and English)

Analytical and problem-solving skills

Ability to get on with others and be a team-player

Willing to travel for work purposes


For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Hannes Thiemann (thiemann@dkrz.de).
The position is offered for two years with a possible extension of up to six years. Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVOeD), including extensive social security plans.




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