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Specialist in the field of High Performance Computing and Software Development

Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum Published: March 20, 2019
Hamburg, Germany
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The German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) is the central data processing facility for the German climate and Earth system modelling community and is one of the leading facilities in this area. DKRZ operates supercomputers in the highest performance class, modern graphics systems as well as one of the largest data and archive systems worldwide. DKRZ participates in many national and international projects aiming to improve the infrastructure for climate modelling.

A central task of the DKRZ is to receive and resolve user requests for the high-performance computer resources and services. At the same time, the services offered in the area of software development are constantly being further developed and adapted to the needs of the users. In this area we are looking for reinforcement.

Specialist in the field of High Performance Computing and Software Development

Your duties:

Together with the colleagues of the team, you receive inquiries from users and, in dialogue with the inquiring scientists, collect all the information required for the solution. You analyse problems and error messages and solve them either independently or consult other HPC specialists and system administrators.

In addition, you work on the service portfolio of the DKRZ in the field of software development tools. You will further develop user-centric tools such as version control systems and automated build/run environments. The accompanying documentation and training of the users is also part of your area of responsibility.

DKRZ is involved in numerous national and international projects in the field of high-performance computing for climate and weather research. In addition to the direct user support, depending on your interest and ability, you will also be able to participate in this development work.

You will work on and discuss your tasks within the team and the scientific environment of the DKRZ, but you will also have time to immerse yourself in the complex issues and to develop new approaches.

Your profile:

  • University degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Computational Physics / Engineering or equivalent

  • Very good programming skills, preferably in Fortran, C / C ++ and Python

  • Experience with HPC systems and parallel programming with MPI / OpenMP

  • Knowledge of tool-based software development with Git and Buildbot

  • Secure handling of Unix / Linux operating systems, scripting and data management tools

  • Very good communication skills

  • Very good German and English knowledge in spoken and written

In addition to the professional aptitude, we expect initiative and willingness to learn.

This vacancy has been opened today 18 March 2019 and can be filled immediately. It is initially limited to 2 years. Salary and social benefits will be in conformity with the provision of the Collective Agreement for civil service (TVöD-Bund). For advance information and additional questions please contact Dr. Joachim Biercamp (

Please send your detailed application including curriculum vitae and stating your earliest possible starting date, no later than 30.04.2019 and using the identifier DKRZ09 to:

Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH

Personalverwaltung, Bundesstraße 45a, 20146 Hamburg

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