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Software Research for Visualization and Analysis of Large-Scale Scientific Datasets

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Duration of contract

3 years


According to the German TVöD 13

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

"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:

At the German Aerospace Center, large-scale scientific datasets are generated on a daily basis. These require adjusted processing methods to extract valuable information. Interactive exploration allows the investigation of unknown data and the identification of new findings. By means of distributed software systems, large-scale datasets can be processed on supercomputers and can be streamed to visualization frontends for interactive explorations. Datasets in mind are from numerical simulations as computational fluid dynamics, aeroacoustics, atmospheric physics and material science. But also sensor data from earth observation satellites and space missions should be prepared for real-time analysis.

Your mission will be the investigation and development of methods as a team member of our interactive visualization group.

Following tasks will be addressed:

  • investigation of new parallel und distributed approaches for the post-processing of large-scale scientific datasets
  • view-dependent data streaming and multi-resolution rendering based on frame-rate and view-point
  • development of topology-based extraction and tracking methods for scalar, vector, and tensor fields
  • investigation of optimal multi-resolution data structures for data storage to distributed memory systems to GPUs
  • integration of efficient rendering methods on graphics cards
  • evaluation and integration of rendering methods for immersive environments (virtual reality, VR) and mixed environments (augmented reality, AR)
  • investigation and integration of interaction and communication interfaces for multi-touch display walls and collaborative and distributed immersive environments (from head-mounted displays to CAVE-like systems)
  • supporting plug-in development for Paraview with VTK

If you love to perform software development and want to become a member of our team, we would be happy to receive your application. We are looking for highly motivated people with the ambition to create top quality software. We are offering an environment where people can bring in own ideas. We expect that new projects are inspired and advanced methods are investigated. Part of your job will also be the presentation of your research on international conferences and in scientific journals. We are offering an exciting, friendly, and flexible working environment which also provides part time.

Your qualifications:

  • You have an excellent Master in Computer Science or in a similar research direction
  • You are an expert in object-oriented software development in C++
  • You possess a profound knowledge in Scientific Visualization with OpenGL
  • You are a team player, creative, and able to work independent and self-motivated
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English (knowledge of German is an asset)
  • in-depth knowledge in multi-resolution data structures and mathematical foundation of scientific data post-processing is a plus
  • experiences in parallelization interfaces like MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC, or CUDA are an asset
  • interest in research activities for Virtual Reality and High-Performance Computing is advantageous
  • knowledge in software Engineering methods (Continuous Integration, Git, etc.) is a plus
  • ideally, experiences with software development on Windows and Linux

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. rer. nat. Andreas Gerndt
Simulations and Software Technology

Phone: +49 531 295-2782

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