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Research Software Engineer (Python) (f/m/d)
Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. (PIK)
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts, energy system transformation, and sustainable
development. Natural and social scientists work together to generate interdisciplinary insights that provide a sound basis for decision-making in society and policy. PIK's historic
science campus on Telegraphenberg Potsdam is in 30 minutes commuting distance from Berlin. PIK seeks to increase the number of women in scientific positions.
For the “IMPACT” project, funded by the German Ministry of Environment as part of its International Climate Initiative, PIK is offering a position as
in the research department “Transformation Pathways”, starting as soon as possible.
The position is funded until 31 December 2020. It is planned as a full-time position with a working time of 40 hours per week. Remuneration is in
accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13.
IMPACT is a cross-cutting, multi-faceted project that is implemented by a wide range of institutions in three regions – the Pacific, West Africa and the Caribbean.
It aims to strengthen capacities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to co-develop scientific outputs and knowledge products and
to support relevant actors to make use of them in the development and implementation of transformational climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. Our approach also
aims to enhance access to international climate finance and better equip SIDS and LDCs in engaging in UNFCCC negotiations.
The successful candidate will develop the main structure of a Python-based open-source tool to handle a large database of time series (emissions and socio-economic data) and
implement its main functionalities. This tool will be based on the existing PRIMAP emissions module (coded in Matlab). The work aims at creating a clearly structured set-up
for an open-access tool that can be widely used by climate change scientists and stakeholders, and provide core functionalities for database and time series management,
including metadata handling. The successful applicant will be part of the working group “research software engineering for transformation pathways”, and will work
in close collaboration with the current developers of the PRIMAP emissions module to design the structure of the new Python tool.
Develop and implement the core structure for a Python-based open-source tool to handle a large database of time series, including metadata
Porting core functionalities of the PRIMAP emissions module to the Python-tool
Ensure accessibility of the new Python-tool for the community (e. g. documentation, tutorials)
A Masters degree in Informatics, Computational Sciences and Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or a related field
Profound expertise in programming, specifically Python (including, e. g., NumPy, SciPy, Pandas)
Experience in database management and time series handling, including metadata handling is an asset
Familiarity with version control software (e. g., git) is an advantage
Strong analytical and organisational skills and ability to work reliably and indpendently
Team-oriented attitude with strong communication skills in oral and written English
Capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
Creativity and openness to new approaches
The chance to be part of a creative, interdisciplinary team
Opportunities for cooperation with PIK’s national and international network of leading climate and economic research institutes, as well as the growing community of research software engineers
A stimulating working environment in an internationally recognised research institute on Potsdam's beautiful, historic Telegrafenberg campus, a short commuting distance from Berlin
A collective pay scheme and associated benefits
PIK seeks to increase the share of women in scientific positions and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. In cases of equal qualification and within the
given legal scope, women will be given preference. Applications by persons with a migration background are expressly encouraged. Applications of disabled persons with
equal qualifications will be regarded favourably. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave
Please apply by 20.03.2020 directly using our
Application documents should comprise a letter of motivation, a full CV, relevant certificates including grades, and a code sample (e. g., working program code or a GitHub repository).