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Scientist (f/m/d) Scientific programming, ecological modelling or bioinformatics
Published(37 days ago)
Deadline for applications(13 days ago)
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)Leipzig
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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.
The Project Group Ecological Epidemiology at the Department of Ecological Modelling (OESA) offers a position as a
Scientist (m/f/x) – Scientific programming, ecological modelling or bioinformatics
for model implementation and analysis in the remit of climate change adaptation and health of pollinator insects.
Start at the earliest possible date, working time 100 % (39 hours per week), in subject to the budget confirmation limited to 3 years.
Are you interested in scientific programming? Do you have fun in creative scientific model building jointly with experienced modellers, ecologists and epidemiologists? Would you like to contribute to scientific solutions to most vulnerable systems of our earth? Do you see yourself as an organised and professional coder open to challenges and clever in team communication? We, the PG EcoEpi at the Department of Ecological Modelling, seek a motivated colleague to join our team in supporting policy decisions by conceptualising, implementing and analysing scientific computer models.
We are looking for someone with experience in developing and implementing computer algorithms, simulation models or complex applications, who likes to dig into open scientific problems applying computer logics to hundreds of alternative scenarios reflecting different stakeholder minds. We seek an independent person with substantial programming proficiency. We expect interest in efforts to integrate individual model solutions with existing software backbones maximising flexibility. We wish openness to team-based model conceptualisation, design and implementation tricks together with other modelling and subject experts.
Since 20 years, we aim at understanding and describing the dynamics of biological, ecological and epidemiological systems using tailor-made model solutions. For this, we conceptualise simulation models based on input from subject matter experts and analyse the model software adhering to modelling theory primarily developed in the department. We do not have restrictions in coding language but need modular integration protocols. There is great expertise and proficiency in model design, implementation and coding around in the working environment. Graduation efforts will be facilitated, e.g. PhD.
Team-based conceptualisation and design of landscape-scale ecological models bridging population dynamics and individual behaviours in ticks and hymenopteran insects
Effective and innovative coding, documenting software and development, code maintenance, publication of model design and innovative approaches
Analysis of the models in response to iteratively formulated questions of the team, contribute to publications of subject matter results
Developing presentation of model outcome for public outreach and teaching, e.g. graphical multi-dimensional summary and guiding interpretation/translation into practise
Applicants for the position must hold a university degree in computer science, mathematics, biology, geoecology, system science or equivalent. Alternatively, demonstration of practical proficiency in computer coding for application oriented software would be desirable. Independent programming/coding skills are a must (e.g. Scala, Java, C++, Scripting). Experience in quantitative data analysis, simulation modelling is an asset. Good knowledge of standard methods to ensure good programming practice and ideas on how to transfer these to ecological modelling. Fluency in English is necessary. German may be beneficial but not necessary.
The position will be filled as soon as possible. Application review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and readiness for practical application
Work in interdisciplinary, multinational teams and excellent links with national and international research networks
A vibrant region with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offering for a balance between family and professional life
Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
Remuneration up to the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 including attractive public-sector social security benefits
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