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Scientific programmer position (Z2c)

Computing Services - Scientific Programmer (m/f/d)

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

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

As one of Europe’s leading research universities, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. The Theoretical Meteorology group at the Meteorological Institute (MIM), offers a postdoc position within Phase 2 of the collaborative research center “Waves to Weather” (W2W), to be filled as soon as possible. The group has a strong focus on predictability of weather and has established a leading international reputation in atmospheric predictability, stochastic parameterization and data assimilation.

As the ideal candidate, you hold a PhD in Meteorology and programming was always your favorite task. We also welcome applications if you have a background in Informatics or other natural sciences, as long as you are enthusiastic about programming, especially in Python. Your new position would be in the team of the IT infrastructure project Z2, which provides the essential support, expertise and facilities for computing-based research in W2W. The huge requirements of the research projects in computing and data sharing are met by a two-fold approach consisting of a service and a research component. The service component addresses requirements ranging from code repositories, over collaboration platforms and web pages, to data management, visualization, and reproducibility of results. Training events and workshops also belong to the strategy. In addition to the service, conducting the necessary research and development to bring new methods developed in other fields into meteorology is part of Z2.

The offered position is at the interface between research and computing services. You will directly contribute to research goals of Z2, like investigating the applicability of lossy compression to meteorological data, but you will also regularly team up with postdocs and PhD students from W2W to support them in developing, debugging, and optimizing software. This support activity may range from helping to compile software to implementing a new parameterization scheme into a meteorological model. For these tasks you will be supported by other team members as well as by members of the faculty IT service group.

As mentioned above, collaboration with other members of W2W is very important to us. Thus, besides programming knowledge very good communication skills in English are advantageous. An advantage is also knowledge of debugging and profiling tools as well as familiarity with Linux and with (parallel) file systems. The work is focused on numerical weather prediction, which means experience with meteorological models (written in FORTRAN) and data formats is an advantage, the same also applies to data compression formats and handling of very big data. Since work is done in a team, you are not expected to be an expert in all fields mentioned, but you should be motivated to learn about new topics.

The position is remunerated according to TV-L E13, and is offered for 2.5 years with possibility of extension. Working part-time is possible. LMU is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified. Your new workplace will be in the city center of Munich and you will have access to extensive training and career development activities offered by the LMU.

W2W features an innovative program for the development of early career researchers based on self-government. This includes self-organized activities such as workshops, training events, and a program for international research visits. The consortium conducts an ambitious program to gradually enhance gender equality on all career levels within the academic fields combined in W2W.

Please send your application including your desired starting date and the contact details of two academic referees by email (single PDF) to Dr. Robert Redl (robert.redl@lmu.de), by 30 September 2020 at the latest. Further applications will be considered until the position is filled. For questions about the position or the project, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Robert Redl or Prof. George Craig (george.craig@lmu.de).