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The German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) is the central data processing facility for the German climate and Earth system modeling community and is one of the leading facilities in this area. DKRZ operates supercomputers of the highest performance class, modern high-performance clusters and graphics systems as well as one of the largest data and archive systems worldwide.

The Data Management department of DKRZ currently offers a temporary position (until 31.05.2022) as

Research Associate (f/m/div) for Research Data Management

The project:

Climate research is one of the most digitised research disciplines and is especially advanced in the area of research data management. Building on existing standards and processes, the AtMoDat project transfers and applies these standards, tools and process chains to additional areas of climate research and thus provides new impetus even beyond this discipline. FAIR principles, data quality and curation are some of the most important aspects within this process.

Your tasks:

With us, you have the opportunity to take research data management for even more areas of climate research to the next level. Your tasks will include the creation of data, the technical assessment of climate data, long-term archiving and the provisioning of the data for climate researchers. Using state-of-the-art methods of research data management is crucial to this job, as well as the ability to adapt and develop new IT tools and to embed them in complex workflows.

  • Assessment and development of processes and tools for automated quality assessment, and publication of complex research datasets
  • Examination, analysis and adaptation of existing data and metadata standards used in climate research
  • Close cooperation with project partners
  • Aspects of project coordination
  • Representation of the project at national and international meetings and conferences


 Your profile:

  • An academic degree in geosciences, mathematics, informatics or geoinformatics
  • Good and proven IT knowledge, particularly of Unix, Python and modern software methods
  • Good knowledge of generic (e.g. netCDF, DataCite, DublinCore, DCAT) and discipline-specific (e.g. CMIP5/6, CORDEX, CF conventions) metadata standards preferred
  • A structured and autonomous working style as well as a distinct willingness to learn and improve your skills
  • Very good English language skills, both written and spoken. German is a plus.
  • Willingness to travel for business, within Germany as well as abroad


What you can expect from us:

  • Challenging tasks in a leading IT facility with flat hierarchies
  • A state-of-the-art technical work environment around climate research
  • Job-onboarding offered for recent university graduates
  • Flexible working hours and work from home opportunities
  • Remuneration in accordance with TVöD/B


For any additional information, please contact Mr Thiemann ([Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]). Please send your detailed application as a single pdf with the subject “DKRZ40” via email to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]. Review of applications will commence by 21.01.2021.

Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH
Bundesstrasse 45a
20146 Hamburg

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