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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.

For the ESiWACE2 we are hiring a

Senior Researcher and scientific programme manager (m/f/d)

to support the project until its closure (31 December 2022) in the ESiWACE2 WP1, WP3, WP5 and WP7.

The position is within the project ESiWACE2 Centre of Excellence in Simulation of Weather and Climate in Europe funded by the Horizon 2020 programme. The project ESiWACE2 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No 823988.


In these work packages the researcher will work on the following tasks:

  • Within WP1: Coordination of set-up of very high-resolution simulation with the coupled ICON model and execution of model runs.
  • Within WP3: Set up and support of a lightweight infrastructure for comparison studies of high-resolution climate simulations.
  • Within WP5: Extension of the visualization capabilities for climate models, in particular ICON. Extension of the existing in-situ visualization / progressive rendering approach and development of workflows. Creating and presentation of exemplary visualizations and demonstrators for all climate models within ESiWACE2, in particular for ICON.
  • In particular, for WP7, the scientific programme manager is in charge of the day-to-day management of the project, ensures that ESiWACE2 is implemented coherently with the project agenda, keeps close contact with all consortium partners, overlooks the overall progress towards the ESiWACE2 goals in terms of deliverable and milestone control, is in charge of risk and quality management, and supports the planning and coordination of corporate activities. In this role, the scientific programme manager will work in close cooperation with the ESiWACE2 Coordinator, the Co-coordinator, and with the project officer.
  • Additionally, it is expected that the candidate will provide general support to communication and dissemination tasks and in the exploitation of the project results.


  • Strong background in earth-sciences, physics, mathematics or computer science
  • Experience in climate simulation and/or in management and coordination of research activities in the field of high-performance-computing applications
  • Software development experience for high-performance-computing and coupled applications
  • Interdisciplinary communication skills


  • Experience in running climate models (all WP1)
  • Experience in analysis and visualization of large scientific data sets; Knowledge of  ParaView and Vapor are an advantage (WP3 and WP5).
  • Very good programming skills, preferably with focus on C++ and FORTRAN (WP1, WP3, WP5)
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to transfer complex concepts to different audiences and to liaise with different communities and stakeholders (WP7)
  • Fluency in English and German

Selection criteria

The selection criteria will value the mobility, the qualifications, and the experience of the candidates with respect to the text above.

Employment conditions

The position is supposed to start anytime, at the latest on 1 September 2019:

We offer you a wide range of responsibilities and duties as a member an experienced team which is a much sought partner for national and international projects. Salary and social benefits will be in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the civil service (TVöD)

Our institute takes all measures to implement the principles set out in the Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers regarding working conditions, transparent recruitment process based on merit and career development (in compliance with the Art.32 of the grant agreement with the European Commission).

Selection process

A selection panel will be established. The selection will follow the rules of the Code of Conduct for Researcher Recruitment (

The DKRZ seeks to increase the number of female scientist and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

How to submit your application for this post

Please submit:

  1. A letter of interest
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae
  3. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of minimum two references.

Please send your application to  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].

Deadline for applying

This vacancy has been opened today 27 March 2019. The deadline for this vacancy is 15 May 2019.

Further information on this position

For further information, please contact Dr. Joachim Biercamp, coordinator of the ESiWACE2 project:  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] and visit our website at

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No  823988.
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