Computer Scientist / Mathematician (m/f/d) Ref.No. 316

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Koenigstuhl 17
Job Announcement Text: 

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) is one of the world's leading astrophysical research institutes with over 300 employees, including 200 scientists and engineers and has a long history of developing and building state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation.


For the development of the software for the real-time control system (RTCS) of the adaptive optics of our instrumentation project METIS we are looking for a


Computer Scientist / Mathematician (m/f/d)

Ref.No. 316


METIS (Mid-infrared ELT Imager and Spectrograph) is one of three First Light instruments for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) currently being developed by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). METIS is built by an international consortium of scientific institutions. Among other tasks, the MPIA is responsible for the single conjugate adaptive optics system (SCAO), a challenging system to ensure the best image quality for the instrument. Further information can be found here:


The position is initially limited to five years.


Your tasks:


  • Analysis, conceptual design and implementation of algorithms for digital signal and image processing for the RTCS
  • Architecture, design, development and testing of software components in the lab as well as on the telescope site
  • Technical and review documentation


Your profile:


  • An appropriate university degree or equivalent qualification
  • Experience with the programming languages Python and C++
  • Knowledge in object-oriented software modelling (OOA/OOD) with UML
  • Experience with GPGPU programming with Nvidia
  • You enjoy working in an international team
  • You are ready for temporary stays abroad (Europe & Chile)
  • You have very good English language skills

Our offer:

We offer a very challenging and rewarding international field of work with state-of-the-art technology. The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) and depends on qualification and experience up to level EG 13. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people, minorities, and historically under-represented groups are particularly welcome. MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care.

More detailed information about the MPIA is available from our webpage:

Your application materials should contain:
a CV, a statement of past experience, a summary of your job-related skills, university certificates, and  two referees who can be contacted for references.


All applications need to be submitted not later than December, 31, 2020 using our online application system: Online Application

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Florian Briegel
(+49) 6221 528256
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Computer Scientist / Mathematician (m/f/d) Ref.No. 316