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Advertising division: IBG-2 - Plant Sciences
Reference number: 2020-031


The Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Plant Sciences Division (IBG-2), develops integrated concepts for the intensification and sustainability of plant production for the bioeconomy on the basis of molecular, physiological and ecological expertise. The aim is to improve yield, adapt quality to different forms of use (food, feed, raw materials, bioenergy), close nutrient cycles - generally adapt both production and product use to future climate and production conditions. IBG-2 is a world leader in plant phenotyping, with excellent knowledge of the dynamic interaction between plants and the environment, combined with technology development, engineering and bioinformatics. The department develops and operates relevant next-generation infrastructure platforms and technologies and makes them available to external users.

Infrastructure platforms for plant phenotyping produce large volumes of data, which require sound management to ensure they are available, accessible, interoperable, and reusable for the scientific community. Within the scope of DPPN, EPPN 2020, Emphasis, and EOSC-Life projects, IBG-2 is working together with national and international partners on a pan-European e-infrastructure and is developing data management strategies, tools, and demonstrators.

We are looking to recruit a

Research scientist in the field of Bioinformatics and Data Management

Your Job:

You will be responsible for managing and operating interdisciplinary research projects in the framework of EPPN 2020, EMPHASIS and EOSC-Life aiming at enabling interoperability of plant data in the European scientific community.
The concrete data management challenges of this position include: (i) structuring and standardizing data as basis for interoperability; (ii) preparing metadata in accordance with the FAIR principles; (iii) developing software capable of handling large volumes of scientific data, adapting itself to evolving data models, and enabling useful access in the form of a standard application programming interface (API) and a graphical user interface (GUI); (IV) developing strategies and data policies supporting the technical aspects of data interoperability.
Your task will comprise the coordination and strategic scientific development of software tools (code generators) and frameworks for the generation and provision of installations of large, data integration platforms. You will to that end closely interact with an interdisciplinary group of scientists who generate very different data or use these data for their research activities, thus requiring interest and competences in cooperation with various stakeholders in Europe.

Your Profile:

  • A university degree in computer science or a natural scientific discipline with relevant and proven experience in the field of activity
  • Sound knowledge of and experience in bioinformatics and data management, especially in the design, development, and implementation of requirement-oriented, complex web applications, database applications, and storage technologies
  • Sound experience in the management of research projects, preferably in an international context.
  • Knowledge of and experience in distributed computing and/or the parallelization of applications (e.g. workload managers, Pachyderm framework)
  • Experience in programming languages and platforms (e.g. Node.js, R, Scala, Python, C/C++, Fortran)
  • Experience in Linux administration, Shell, and particularly Docker
  • Experience in agile and test-driven development (e.g. Scrum)
  • Knowledge of and preferably experience in distributed computing (MapReduce, Apache Spark, and particularly Pachyderm).
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, based on team-oriented working approach.
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English

Please do not let lack of some skills make you feel you are ineligible for the position. If some skills are missing, they can generally be taught.

Our Offer:

  • An interdisciplinary working environment with excellent facilities for bioinformatics, helping you to move your career forward
  • The opportunity to become part of the national and international scientific community, enabling you to gain wide visibility and reputation on a global level
  • The opportunity to help a growing scientific community in Europe to grow and mature on a high scientific level
  • A comprehensive training programme for your further professional development
  • An exciting working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • Flexible working hours and wide-ranging opportunities for a healthy work–life Balance
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Employment initially for a fixed term of three years but with long-term prospects
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

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Additional Information

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