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The Max Planck Institute For Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is partner in the Euclid mission which has recently been selected for the Cosmic Visions Program of the European Space Agency. The primary goal of the mission is to investigate the nature of dark energy and dark matter by measuring the accelerated expansion of the universe using different independent methods. The Euclid satellite is expected to be launched in 2020 and has a mission lifetime of seven years.
The responsibilities of the MPE within Euclid are focused on instrument development and on the Euclid Science Ground Segment (SGS) of the mission. In particular the German Science Data Center (SDC-DE) will be hosted by MPE and the Rechenzentrum of the Max Planck Society in Garching (RZG). At the SDC-DE the data of several ongoing and near-term future ground based projects, such as Pan-STARRS and DES, will be reprocessed in the upcoming years. In addition we contribute to the development of software for combining the ground based data with the satellite optical and near infrared imaging data and for extracting the photometry of the combined data sets. The total data volume is several PByte and the processing requires a cluster with thousands of compute cores. Our strategy is to set-up a large disk/tape storage pool and to install a dedicated medium-sized cluster at the SDC-DE for code developments. For bulk processing and/or fast re-processing we intend to use HPC resources such as those at the Leibnitz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ).
At MPE we offer a position working on the development of the dedicated SDC-DE infrastructure and on the integration of the Euclid pipelines into this infrastructure. This work will be done in collaboration with a broader team of over a dozen people at MPE and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich that includes seven full time Euclid scientific software developers and eight other developers and support people who are spending part of their time on Euclid. The tasks are ranging from system administration, such as installation and administration of the middle-ware (e.g. globus), database installation/administration or account management, to performance and throughput optimization of existing software. All codes will be developed and implemented on a Linux platform. The coding and scripting languages are C/C++ and python respectively.
All applicants should have a University degree in Computer Science, Astronomy or Physics and should have extensive experience in system administration and the development of storage/computing concepts for projects with large data volumes. The efficient use of scripting and programming languages (in particular python and C/C++) is mandatory as well as experience with the usage and management of batch queue systems, databases and high performance and/or grid computing environments. Furthermore, experience with the set-up and usage of virtual machines would be welcome. We presume good communication skills in the English language and the ability and willingness to work in an experienced and highly motivated multi-national team.
The contract can start immediately with a six month probationary period. It will initially extend until the end of 2015 and is renewable through the end of the Euclid mission (currently 2027).
We offer an attractive working environment with flexible working hours at the MPE in Garching. The institute hosts several groups with a broad range of interests ranging from plasma physics to cosmology. The MPE is neighbor of the Garching Campus of the Technical University of Munich, the Leibnitz-Rechenzentrum as well as the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics and the European Southern Observatory. The salary will be based on the applicant's qualifications and experience. Applications from disabled persons are encouraged and will be favored when equally qualified. The MPE is committed to increase the percentage of female employees in sectors where they are underrepresented. We want to especially encourage female applicants to apply for these position.
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). Applications will be considered as they arrive. We encourage you to submit an application by March 15, 2013.