The German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) is the central simulation and data processing facility for the German climate and Earth System modelling community and is one of the leading facilities in this area. DKRZ not only operates supercomputers in the highest performance class and one of the largest data and archive systems worldwide, we also participate in many national and international projects aiming to improve the software and infrastructure for climate modelling.

Currently, we are offering a position as

Software Coordinator & Software Engineer (all genders)

2 Job Openings: Software Coordinator & Software Engineer for Data Analysis 

Project Coming Decade for the BMBF-funded project  (ref. DKRZ 02_2024)

"A Coming Decade - Decadal-scale prospects for Europe" aims to improve decadal-scale climate prediction for Europe and to provide climate services to support decision making over the next decade. The project has two main goals. On the one hand, to further develop the German decadal climate prediction system using the state-of-the-art ICON-Seamless technology, including higher resolution over Europe and model-consistent initialization in the atmosphere and ocean, which will bring the system to a new technical level, also in comparison with other international prediction systems. On the other hand, co-development of user-relevant forecast products and communication formats based on user perspectives and evidence-based design.

The DKRZ subproject "Coming Decade Evaluation System - CODES" is a contribution to the research initiative "Coming Decade". As part of its support to the scientific activities, CODES coordinates the software and data management with two main tasks: the development of the software infrastructure for the pre-operational prediction system (Task 1.4 in WP1), and the evaluation system and its preparation for relevant users (Task 1.5 in WP1).

Your Tasks:

  • The development, support and operation of the CODES central evaluation system, with emphasis on consolidating and extending its use together with the Freva framework (,, standardizing evaluation routines, data standards and analysis tools, and optimizing computing and storage resources.
  • The provision of data for the coming decade, in particular by promoting the development of routines for the continuous updating and standardization of different types of data within its database, with particular emphasis on ICON data and the evaluation of decadal simulations.
  • The development of new evaluation routines and quality assessment of various data sets, including at the user level.
  • The development of an effective workflow for analysis and preparation of operationalization, facilitating its integration into the forecast backend at DKRZ and possible transfer to the German Weather Service (DWD).


  • Master in Informatics, Computer-, Geo- or Environmental Sciences, Mathematics,

Meteorology, Physics or a related STEM subject with strong relation to Scientific Computing and Programming.

  • Experience with data analysis, hosting, monitoring and movement on (e.g. cloudbased) data storage technologies, infrastructures and software APIs
  • Solid experience in programming and software development, especially with Python Additional experience in any other programming language is a plus
  • Experience with version control software (preferably git) and unit testing frameworks.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills to coordinate activities and disseminate knowledge effectively.
  • Excellent English communication skills, German is a plus but not a must.

Nice to Have

  • Experience in search engines (Apache Solr), database system (MariaDB), web frontend development (django, JS), HPC systems, distributed system technologies (dask, docker, binder, kubernetes) or similar software.
  • Experience in building and leverage in RestFull APIs.
  • Background knowledge in the field of scientific data storage and management.
  • Strong background in climate modeling, climate evaluation and/or even better climate prediction - would be of an advantage.

Our Offer

  • Exciting opportunity in an optimally equipped work space in a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary scientific environment where you have the chance to develop initiative and shape services of the next generation in an area of high social relevance.
  • Payment in accordance with the German public service positions (TVÖD Bund), (level in accordance to years of relevant work experience), including a generous benefits package and a flexible teleworking policy.
  • Choose to work remote or in one of our modern offices in the heart of Hamburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.
  • Contract period of up to 3 years.

Duration and Work Plan:

The 2 positions are based at the Climate Informatics and Technologies (CLINT) Group within the Data Analysis department of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) in Hamburg. The roles are part of the Coming Decades project, with a planned duration of up to 36 months, starting as soon as possible.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit your updated CV, cover letter, and any relevant supporting documents to YmV3ZXJidW5nZW5AZGtyei5kZQ== with DKRZ 02_2024. In your cover letter, please highlight your experience and qualifications related to data analysis, software management, data coordination, and climate science research.

Deadline for Applications Feb 11th:

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Join us to Coming Decades and contribute to advancing climate science and decadal prediction. Together, we can create a more sustainable and resilient future for society.


Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH
20146 Hamburg