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Scientific programmer position (Z2b)

3D Visual Data Analysis with "Met.3D"

This scientific programmer position contributes to project Z2 "Computing services".

Primary supervisor: Dr. Marc Rautenhaus
Other project leaders: Prof. Dr. George Craig, Dr. Christian Keil and Prof. Dr. Andre Brinkmann

The Scientific Visualization and Parallel Processing Group at the Regional Computing Center of Universität Hamburg offers a Scientific Programmer position within Phase 2 of the collaborative research center "Waves to Weather" (W2W). Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in northern Germany. As one of the country’s largest universities, we offer a diverse range of degree programs and excellent research opportunities. The University boasts numerous interdisciplinary projects in a broad range of fields and an extensive partner network of leading regional, national, and international higher education and research institutions.

The advertised position within project Z2 of W2W aims at supporting the meteorological subprojects within W2W by further developing and supporting our open-source, GPU-based 3D visual analysis framework "Met.3D". We will extend Met.3D by novel cutting edge visualization and visual analytics techniques for 3D analysis of meteorological ensemble simulations and improve its usability for our meteorological users. Also, we will design educational material (e.g., training workshops) for educating new as well as existing users.

As a scientific programmer in Z2, you will carry out scientific development and support work at the intersection of computer science (visualization) and atmospheric science. You will closely collaborate with project partners at different W2W locations, as well as with further project partners locally in Hamburg and internationally (e.g., including the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, ECMWF). In Hamburg, you will be part of a young and innovative, newly established visualization team at the Regional Computing Center of Universität Hamburg, tightly integrated into the local scientific environment including both computer and atmospheric sciences.

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

The ideal candidate holds a university degree in a relevant field. If you are enthusiastic about 3D visualization, would like to contribute to the improvement of numerical weather prediction, have strong interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative work and hold a Master's degree in computer science, atmospheric science, physics or related fields, you are encouraged to apply. A PhD degree in computer science or atmospheric science is highly desirable, however, candidates with suitable alternative experience are also encouraged to apply. Programming skills are crucial for this position and very good knowledge of C++ and Python is required. Skills in graphics programming (OpenGL) are also required. Additional experience and knowledge, including programming with the Qt-framework, numerical weather prediction, meteorological data formats, visualization techniques, and machine learning techniques, will be advantageous. You are highly motivated to learn the remaining topics. You are able to communicate in English, are engaged in teamwork and you enjoy collaborating closely with colleagues and supporting these.

The position is funded until June 2023. The successful candidate will be remunerated according to TV-L 13 (100%) in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG) and should start as soon as possible. Applicants are asked to specify their desired starting date and to give the contact details of two academic referees.

W2W features an innovative program for the development of early career researchers based on self-government. In addition to self-organized activities such as workshops, trainings and a guest program, the successful candidate will have the opportunity, if desired, to pursue an international research visit of at least one week. The consortium
conducts an ambitious program to gradually enhance gender equality on all career levels within the academic fields combined in W2W.

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG). Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

If you are interested, please apply online here!