The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,500 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
For section "Geodynamic Modelling" (department "Geophysics"), we are looking for a:
Research software engineer / Postdoctoral researcher (f_m_x) - Coupling of research software to model solid Earth processes across the scales
Reference Number 8765
Solid Earth dynamics is governed by complex multi-scale processes. GFZ researchers have successfully advanced forward modeling of solid Earth processes like lithosphere deformation, magmatism, erosion, sedimentation, fluid flow and associated mass and energy transport. This project aims at linking our existing software packages to elucidate feedbacks between these processes. The goal is to build a powerful, cross-scale framework for simulating and analyzing solid Earth complexity in order to advance process understanding of plate boundary dynamics, the formation of ore deposits, landscape evolution and geothermal reservoirs. In doing so, the project will bridge modelling efforts in Sections 2.5, 2.1, 3.1, 4.5 and 4.7. Host group will be the Geodynamic Modelling Section 2.5.
Building a coupling infrastructure aimed at integrating existing software packages for thermomechanical, hydrothermal, magmatic and surface processes
Support ongoing and future scientific projects through the new coupling framework. These projects focus on tectono-magmatic interaction in rift systems; formation of magmatic-hydrothermal and sediment-hosted ore deposits; feedbacks between erosion and mountain building; as well as geodynamic effects on fault criticality in geothermally prospective rift systems.
Optimizing the functionality of the coupling framework based on regular interaction with modelling experts from involved GFZ sections
Collaborate with dedicated software developers of the involved GFZ sections
Interact with colleagues in the Geodynamic Modelling Section at group meetings, workshops and in other informal ways
You are encouraged to write publications for scientific journals and to present at scientific meetings, but this is not a requirement
Master`s degree (or equivalent) in geophysics, computational science, or a closely related field
A doctoral degree is of advantage but not a strict requirement
Extensive experience in software development with C++ and Python
Experience in HPC computing with applications in Earth Sciences
Experience with numerical models based on the solution of partial differential equations
Proven ability to work in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment
Creativity and critical thinking skills
Capacity for international teamwork, and excellent communication skills
Proficiency in spoken and written English
What we offer:
Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
Public service benefits
Extensive training opportunities
Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
Flexible working hours and conditions
Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
Institute day-care centre on site
Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
1st May 2024
The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.