Head of the Section “Supercomputing and E-Science”

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
Street Line 1: 
An der Sternwarte 16
Job Announcement Text: 

The AIP invites applications for the head of the section

“Supercomputing and E-Science”.

The section pursues data-driven research and development, data management, supercomputing and visualization. Research and development in this section focusses on the topic big data and machine learning. The data management capabilities of Supercomputing and E-Science support the Institute's research branches “Cosmic Magnetic Fields” and “Extragalactic Astrophysics” in data publishing using also in-house developed data-base management tools. The section develops the Scientific Computing architecture which is currently equipped with large cluster-based computing and data serving facilities. The AIP is directly involved in large space- and ground-based observatories, e.g., the Large Binocular Telescope, the integral field spectrograph MUSE on the VLT, the distributed Radio Telescope LOFAR, satellite observatories Gaia, Solar Orbiter, eRosita, and the future ESA mission Plato, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. AIP coordinates the efforts to build the spectroscopic survey facility 4MOST for ESO’s VISTA telescope and will be involved in HIRES and MOSAIC for the ELT. 

The appointee is responsible for leading and further developing a research section carrying out independent research and development programs in the broadly defined field of E-Science. Applicants should have made important, internationally recognized scientific contributions in the field of E-Science, in particular concerning the topics of big data and machine learning. The appointee is expected to develop and pursue an E-Science research and development vision and strategy aligned with the AIP strategy and to further develop the Scientific Computing Infrastructure. Collaboration with other scientists at the AIP is strongly encouraged. All candidates should have experience and potential to attract external funding for a creative, independent and broad-based research program. 

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or computer science and a record of research in data-driven science. A background in astronomical research is desirable. Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organizations in Germany (TV-L). The appointment will be for an initial period of five years, with tenure based on a successful performance review. For exceptional candidates with commensurate qualifications a tenured appointment may be considered. The AIP is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity, and particularly encourages women to apply. 

To apply, please send a single PDF file containing a curriculum vitae, a presentation of your research plan, a curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates and documents, a list of publications and a list of externally funded projects, and contact information for at least three references to [email protected]

Included Benefits: 

employer contributions to medical and dental insurance, maternity leave, and retirement benefits

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Prof. Matthias Steinmetz
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