Project Manager / Software Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Universität Hamburg
Department Name: 
Hamburger Sternwarte
Street Line 1: 
Gojenbergsweg 112
Job Announcement Text: 

Hamburg Observatory, an institute of the Department of Physics at Hamburg University, invites applications for the position of a Software Engineer / Project Manager. This is an indefinite (i.e. permanent), full-time position, also suitable for part-time employment.

We are looking for a dedicated and creative individual to actively support various scientific and instrumentation projects in the areas of development of software infrastructure and project management. The successful applicant will play a central role in these astrophysical projects and will contribute to their success through a variety of activities in a stimulating and challenging environment.

This position represents the nucleus of a new group at Hamburg Observatory that will focus on software development in three areas:

  • Instrumentation: control software and data reduction pipelines
  • Large project support: administrative and database applications for large scientific collaborations
  • eScience applications

Specific examples of tasks include:

  • Maintenance and further development of an existing User Management System
  • Development and implementation of web-based tools for the administration of individual scientific projects
  • Development and implementation of tools for the analysis of simulation results concerning the execution of a long-term observational campaign
  • Further development of a pipeline for the reduction of spectroscopic data
  • Development of databases and related user interfaces, web services and visualization tools
  • Development of a standard for tracking scientific data all the way to publications
  • Preparation of project documentation (management plans, requirements, reports, etc.)
  • Preparation and monitoring of schedules and resource plans
  • Coordination of available resources

University degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, any of the Natural Sciences or similar.

Required expertise and personal skills:

  • Fluent in at least one (preferably several) programming language(s) (e.g. Python, C or C++, Fortran, R, php, Java or similar)
  • Experience with programming in a scientific context
  • Experience with databases (SQL)
  • Experience with web programming
  • Proficient in common office applications
  • Basic knowledge of project management incl. project management tools
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Very good communication skills

This position is remunerated at the level of "Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L".

How to apply:
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Joe Liske for further information. Phone: +49 (0)40 / 42838 8582, email:

The closing date for applications is 09 March 2018. Please send your complete application, including a cover letter, your CV and a two-page description of your relevant achievements and experience, by email to: All applications must include the job reference number 606/1.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 9, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, March 9, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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