Research Associate in Information Technology

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, July 1, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, August 5, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Thüringer Landessternwarte
Job Announcement Text: 

The Thüringer Landessternwarte (TLS) is an observatory of the state of Thuringia located near the university city Jena. The TLS performs research in various fields, ranging from the search for extrasolar planets to the investigation of the radio emission in clusters of galaxies. The TLS operates the 2m Alfred Jensch telescope, participates in many instrumentation projects and operates an international station of the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).

The position is offered in the framework of the PUNCH4NFDI consortium, which is part of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). It aims for designing and developing tools, methods and a platform for collaborative open science in the fields of particle physics, astro-particle physics, astronomy and astrophysics, and nuclear and hadron physics. At TLS, we mainly participate in Task Area 2 (TA2) “Data management”. The goal of TA2 is to adapt and develop tools for the integration of heterogeneous storage and computing resources to allow the PUNCH community an efficient usage of the available infrastructure. Moreover, the TLS is significantly involved in the analysis of data of the LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey (LoTSS). The analysis of data from the LoTSS survey and other pathfinders for the Square Kilometre Array may serve as commissioning work flows to the methods and tools developed by PUNCH4NFDI.

We offer:

●  Work in a stimulating environment with highly motivated teams and excellent opportunities to network,

●  The possibility to pursue own research, and a

●  Employee-friendly workplace and working hours. 

Your tasks will be:

●  Contributing to the conceptual development and to the integration of the heterogenous compute resources (“Compute4PUNCH”),

●  Testing and commissioning of the methods and tools developed in TA2,

●  Actively interacting with working groups in other PUNCH4NFDI task areas, to define the necessary interfaces, and helping

●  Setting up a container registry.

Your profile:

●  Master of Science in physics, computer science or a similar field,

●  Very good knowledge of Linux operating system and IP networking,

●  Familiarity with modern programming languages and software development tools,

●  Experience with computational techniques used in experimental data analyses or theoretical calculations related to any of the PUNCH4NFDI communities,

●  Experience in radio astronomy would be beneficial, and an 

●  Ability to cooperate and work in teams distributed over multiple sites and to contribute to the open source software development.

The TLS aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Handicapped persons will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
The position is remunerated at the pay scale TV-L 13 and is restricted to three years.
Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 5, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, August 5, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Matthias Hoeft
Thüringer Landessternwarte
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