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Within the Horizon Europe AquaINFRA project ( at the IGB in Berlin in Adlershof, we are inviting applications for the position of a programmer to start as soon as possible.

We seek an individual who is keen on transforming the European aquatic data and software landscape to support research communities. The vision is that researchers can analyse and host their data, software and workflows online while using available open-source tools, such as Jupyter and R Notebooks that can be further customized for reuse. Analysis workflows in the VRE will be able to capitalize on the latest and powerful high-performance computation resources in Europe, and special emphasis lies on applying scalable open-source software that addresses the connectivity across aquatic habitats. The AquaINFRA platform will be part of the larger European Open Science Cloud architecture.

Your tasks

  • Developing analysis workflows as a service for researchers
  • Geospatial (big) data processing using open-source software (e.g., GDAL, GRASS GIS) and their integration to other programming languages
  • Setting up virtual environments using standard deployment frameworks (e.g. Docker and Conda)
  • Coordinate the API needs for the VRE development with other project partners
  • Communicating with and supporting researchers in project case studies across Europe
  • Preparing documentation and basic teaching material of the VRE

Your profile

Essential qualifications and experience:

  • A completed academic degree in computer science or geoinformatics (or equivalent)
  • An advanced knowledge in Python and R
  • A good understanding of PostgreSQL. Knowledge of extensions, such as pgRouting, is an advantage
  • Experience in setting up and using Docker and Conda environments

Desirable qualifications and experience:

  • Experience working in the Linux environment
  • Knowledge in web technologies, mainly JavaScript and REST
  • Experience in High-Performance-Computing and Big Data
  • Experience in OGC geospatial APIs, e.g. GeoNode & GeoServer
  • Experience in open-source GIS programming, Open Science practices, and FAIR Data
  • The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills to foster collaboration with other research groups within the project, including excellent English communication and version control skills (git)
  • Experience in communicating software to end-users is beneficial
  • Knowledge of aquatic ecosystems is an asset

Our offer

We offer an interesting position in an international, interdisciplinary, and dynamic scientific environment across different fields of research. We encourage teamwork and offer network activities among scientists and social activities. We allow maximum individual freedom and encourage everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities. The position allows access to IGB’s well-developed research infrastructure and offers office space and equipment where needed.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund). Depending on the personal qualifications and the tasks assigned, the position will be paid up to E13. The position is offered on a full time, fixed-term basis for three years. The position is principally suited for job sharing or part-time work with at least 19 h/week. Applications by job-sharing tandems are welcome.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life.

The IGB is committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome every application, regardless of gender and gender identity, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and physical disabilities, age or sexual orientation. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application with a letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the position, including a detailed CV, contact details of two referees, and copies of relevant degrees. Please provide all documents as a single PDF file by 10.04.2023. Please state the 23/2023 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Questions can be directed to Sami Domisch by phone +49 30 6392 4079 or by e-mail

"Research for the future of our freshwaters" is the mission of IGB – Germany’s largest and one of the leading international centres for freshwater research. In order to investigate different aspects of freshwater ecosystems, their biota and societal relevance, we unit a wide range of disciplines and understand research as a joint effort. With more than 350 employees and guests from all over the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and at Lake Stechlin (Brandenburg). IGB is a member of the German Leibniz Association and the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V.