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Job advertisement Data Scientist (m/f/d) Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC)

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Data Scientist (m/f/d) Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC)

Data Scientist (m/f/d) Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC)

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG)


Geesthacht, Germany


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)



German public tariff (TV-AVH)

Required education
Undergraduate degree

Application deadline
30 November 2020

19 November 2020

Job description

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:

HZG is one of the 19 national institutions of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres e.V. (HGF). Around 1,000 employees carry out basic research and development work in close cooperation with national and international research institutions, research-oriented clinics and economic and public institutions.

At the Institute of Coastal Research about 150 scientists research processes on the coast and interactions between the land, the sea and humans. The objective of the three sub-institutes “Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas”, “Operational Systems” and “System Analysis and Modelling” is to create the scientific basis for sustainable development and future-oriented management of the coasts.

Data Scientist (m/f/d) Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC)

Reference code: 50039105_2 – 2020/KB 6
Commencement date: as soon as possible
The place of employment is Geesthacht.

We are looking for a Data Scientist (m/f/d) in the area of scientific data management in our Institute of Coastal Research, starting at the next possible date. Currently, the position is limited to 3 years.

Within the newly funded Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC) we are establishing a central digital infrastructure for acquisition, processing, long-term archiving and distribution of data and research results of the Institute of Coastal Research and of associated national and international coastal research partners. As part of this department, you will help shape essential parts of the infrastructure that will be used to provide model, observational and sample data to the scientific community and the public.

Your tasks

  • participating in the expansion of the HCDC, particularly the merging of scientific data in the HCDC Portal
  • managing heterogeneous georeferenced data and deploying them as Web Services
  • implementing, developing and maintaining innovative software solutions within the team
  • administrating of software applications
  • analyzing requirements and system designs
  • creating database queries
  • documenting solutions and results
  • contributing, evaluating, and revising existing methodologies and technologies continuously and independently

Your profile

Required qualifications:

  • successfully completed university studies in Geoinformatics, Computer Science, Geomatics or a comparable degree program
  • very good knowledge of well-established web technologies and continuous willingness to further improve the knowledge in this area
  • very good knowledge of scripting languages (e.g. JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, Python etc.)
  • experience with Esri technologies, including ArcGIS Server solutions
  • good knowledge of OGC Web Services
  • knowledge of Linux systems as user
  • knowledge of version control software (Git)
  • ability to think analytically as well as an understanding of complex facts
  • distinct communicative skills and the ability to work in a team
  • good knowledge of English or German (speaking and writing)

Desirable qualifications:

  • knowledge of the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME)
  • a confident handling of relational database systems
  • knowledge of JavaScript and/or Python Libraries (e.g. Django, Angular, ArcGIS API for JavaScript)

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with over 1,000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2020/KB 6.

Please start the online application process for this offered position via category Career & Campus.

For further questions, please contact
Ulrike Kleeberg ( and
Linda Baldewein (

Closing date: November 12th, 2020
Contact: Ms. Stella Knufinke