INODE - Data Scientist Position (f/m/d)

EDV & Informatics Garching
Astronomy & Astrophysics Complex Systems

Job Code: 27/2019

Job Offer from December 09, 2019

Applications are invited for a position in support of the EU2020 INODE – Intelligent Open Data Exploration (INODE) project at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching.

INODE is a Swiss-lead interdisciplinary project with 9 partner institutions in Europe to develop more dialectic and intuitive ways of interacting with large datasets. We are searching for a data scientist (m/f/d) with experience in handling of large astronomic datasets, the formulation of complex queries against these datasets, and software development.

About us

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in a number of large astronomical projects. MPE is a member of many ongoing and future astronomical surveys such as SDSS, Euclid, eRosita, HETDEX and 4MOST which should serve as basis for these use cases.

Your tasks

The candidate will be working on the development of the real-life astronomy use case for INODE by collecting and refining typical query scenarios against these large astronomical datasets. Also, the candidate will take a significant responsibility for the aspects of dissemination and training in the project.

Your qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a scientific programmer with a strong interest in working with large astronomical datasets. The candidate should have:

  •      Demonstrated experience in working with at least one - preferably several - large astronomical datasets
  •      Understanding of the modern tools and technologies for computational analysis in astronomy
  •      Good knowledge of software design and programming principles
  •      Experience of hands-on software design, development documentation and testing
  •      Experience in database storage system, design and management
  •      Experience with SQL databases, and the SQL query language
  •      Knowledge of SPARQL and experience in other EU projects are assets

This position will require the candidate’s ability and willingness to travel to EU countries to work with our partners there.

The starting date is February 2020 (flexible) until the end of the project (October 2022). Salary and social benefits are based on the German TVOeD scale, depending on experience.

Your application

Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF format) online ( ) including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a research statement and information on software experience and interests by January 31, 2020. Please also supply three letters of reference.

Informal enquiries about the position may be addressed to Dr. Maximilian Fabricius ( ). For further details about MPE see

Later applications may also be considered in case the post is not filled until February 2020.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.


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