Freie Stelle am MPE / Vacant Position at MPE

2012-05-03;     Ref.: 10/12


The Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) is partner in the EUCLID mission which has recently been selected for the Cosmic Visions Program of the European Space Agency. The primary goal of the mission is to investigate the nature of dark energy and dark matter by measuring the accelerated expansion of the universe using different independent methods. The EUCLID satellite is expected to be launched in 2019 and has a mission lifetime of 6 years. The responsibilities of the MPE EUCLID group are focused on the ground segment of the mission. In particular, the German Science Data Center (SDC-DE) will be hosted by MPE and the Rechenzentrum of the Max Planck Society in Garching (RZG). At the SDC-DE the data of several ongoing and near-term future ground based projects, such as Pan-STARRS and DES, will be reprocessed in the upcoming years. In addition we contribute to the process of combining the ground based data with the satellite optical and near infrared imaging and to the photometry of the combined data sets. The total data volume is several PByte and the processing requires a cluster with thousands of compute cores. Our strategy is to set-up a large disk/tape storage pool and to install a dedicated medium-sized cluster at the SDC-DE for code developments. For bulk processing and/or fast re-processing we intend to use HPC resources such as those at the Leibnitz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ).

Job Description

For working on the development of the dedicated SDC-DE infrastructure and on the development and integration of the EUCLID pipelines into this infrastructure, MPE has need for two Software-Engineers.

This work will be done in collaboration with a broader team of over a dozen people at MPE and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich that includes seven full time EUCLID scientific software developers and 8 other developers and support people who are spending part of their time on EUCLID. The tasks are ranging from system administration, such as database installation/administration and account management, to performance optimization and parallelization of existing software. All codes will be developed and implemented on a Linux platform.


All applicants should have a University degree in Computer Science, Astronomy or Physics and extensive experience in code development for projects with large data volumes. The efficient use of scripting and programming languages (in particular python and C/C++) is mandatory as well as experience with batch queue systems (preferably CONDOR), databases (preferably ORACLE) and high performance computing environments. Furthermore, experience with the development of parallel code (MPI) and the integration of software into larger data management systems would be welcome. Active participation in Open Source projects is a plus. We presume good communication skills in the English language and the ability and willingness to work in an experienced and highly motivated multinational team.


The contracts can start as early as July 1, 2012 with a six month probationary period through December 2012. Contracts will extend until the end of 2015 and are renewable through the end of the EUCLID mission (currently 2025).

We offer an attractive working environment at the MPE in Garching. The institute hosts several groups with a broad range of interests ranging from plasma physics to cosmology. The MPE is neighbor of the Garching Campus of the Technical University of Munich, the Leibnitz-Rechenzentrum as well as the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics and the European Southern Observatory. The salary will be based on the applicant's qualifications and experience. Applications from disabled persons are encouraged and will be favored when equally qualified. The MPE is committed to increase the percentage of female employees in sectors where they are underrepresented. We want to especially encourage female applicants to apply for these positions.

For further information about the Institute and the EUCLID project we refer to:


For any further questions do not hesitate to contact
    Dr. Johannes Koppenhoefer ( mail or
    Mrs. Christa Ingram ( mail

Applications should contain a CV, at least three references and if available a publication list. Please send your application electronically to   mail Applications will be considered as they arrive. We encourage you to submit an application by May 31, 2012.

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