The Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) Kiel is now founding the "Centre of Excellence in Geo-Energy". The aim of the centre is the use and the protection of the geological subsurface as a resource to provide and support the use of technologies for the extraction and storage of geo-energies. The centre of excellence is offering a

Research Assistant Position in Software Development

starting on January 1st 2019. The position is assigned to the chair in geohydromodelling at the Institute for Geosciences.

The increasing complexity of software describing and quantifying processes in the geologic subsurface and their expected predictive ability require a continuous adaption, improvement, maintenance and backup of the numerical software. Accordingly, the task of this position is the development and provision of scientific numerical simulation software, and simulation workflows for application and usage in the area of geo-energy with special focus on geothermal use.

The occupation may commence as soon as the positions funding by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been approved. The position is limited to three years. This is a full-time position (38.7 h/week). Partial employment and flexible working time models are basically possible. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German tariff for public employees (TV-L E 13).

Job duties and requirements:

  • Identification and quantification of processes in the subsurface
  • Development and implementation of mathematical quantitative descriptions of these processes, required boundary conditions, interfaces to other simulation programs and technical facilities
  • Development and implementation of functions to control and map load curves of geotechnical and geothermal facilities
  • Improvement of the software (e.g. open-source software OpenGeoSys) to describe thermo-hydraulic processes in cooperation with other scientific partners
  • Maintenance of the software, benchmarking and sustainment of the functional capability of existing and new modules and program parts
  • Documentation and description of functionality of the software, parallelisation, improvement of usability, and support of other users

Skills and qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in the field geosciences, engineering sciences or related disciplines
  • Professional skills in programming
  • Experience in parallelisation of numerical software and in working with parallel computers
  • Deep understanding of physical, thermic and hydraulic processes on scales from small single experiments to large scale subsurface
  • Willingness and independent training in the field of geothermic energy systems and geoscientific basics
  • Enjoyment of interdisciplinary work
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, but also as part of a large research team
  • Proficient German and English language skills

The Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) Kiel aims to increase the number of women in the scientific research and lecture and therefore encourages women to apply. Women with equivalent suitability, qualification and professional performance will be given priority.

The CAU aims to increase the number of disabled applicants and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Further, we expressly welcome applications from people with a migration background.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bauer (, Institute for Geoscience, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates and contact details of two referees) by November 29th, 2018 referencing code "Geo-Energy Modelling of Energy Systems" preferred by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to Dr. Dirk Schäfer ( Please forward your written applications to:

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Institute for Geoscience
Dr. Dirk Schäfer
Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 10
24118 Kiel
Subject: Job announcement "Geo-Energy" - Software Development

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