Scientific activities / projects

Administration of High Performance Computers and Scientific Computing Support

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Duration of contract

2 years


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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

The DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems with currently around 130 employees in Oldenburg develops technologies and concepts for future energy supply based on renewable energy sources. The major challenge is how to form stable and efficient energy systems from weather-dependent decentralised production units. The research for this transformation process follows a D3 approach (D3 = Decarbonisation, Decentralisation, Digitalisation).

Within the Energy Systems Analysis department, energy system and power grid simulations are becoming more complex and computationally demanding due to increasing temporal and spatial resolution and the increase of modelling details. Moreover, Energy Meteorology research requires the availability of both, large computing capacities for modeling and advanced storage solutions for numerical model output and observation data. Current computing options for these activities are parallel and distributed computing and computing on graphic processing units (GPUs)

Your responsibilities:

  • planning, design, testing, and benchmarking of  model computations and storage solutions on an HPC system
  • installation, test and maintenance of operating system, compilers, batch systems and maintaining software stack and license servers
  • supporting the department’s computing infrastructure and data-intensive computing environment
  • supporting the department’s scientists in all aspects of scientific computing, especially in the efficient and robust handling of large data streams from various   sources and formats
  • hardware, software, and end-user administration and support
  • participation in relevant third-party funded projects

Your qualifications:

  • MSc or PhD degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering or in a similar direction
  • proven experience in system administration of computer servers and/or HPC systems
  • profound knowledge in source code optimisation, parallel and distributed programming
  • GPU programming is beneficial
  • proven experience in Python, Matlab and SQL scripting. Experience with other scripting and programming languages is beneficial
  • knowledge in successful implementation, maintenance and advisory service of scientific software
  • expertise with optimisation software (GAMS, Gurobi, CPLEX, GLPK) is beneficial
  • experience in big data applications, machine learning, or image processing is beneficial
  • basic knowledge of energy system modeling or energy meteorology is beneficial
  • fluent in English and German
  • excellent team capabilities and interpersonal communication skills

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr. Thomas Vogt
DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems

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Vacancy ESY-2017-005

DLR site Oldenburg

DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems

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