Technical Lead for Scientific Collaboration Platform SciServer for eROSITA and HETDEX

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Scientific / Technical Staff
Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
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Job Description

Technical Lead for Scientific Collaboration Platform SciServer for eROSITA and HETDEX


The Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching is a world-leading institute in space- and ground-based experimental astrophysics, with leading roles in several large astronomical projects.

Applications are invited for a position in support of the computing Sciserver@MPE platform for astronomical surveys conducted by the MPE. We are searching for a highly qualified IT professional with experience in software development, system administration and handling of large astronomic datasets.

The candidate is expected to work with us on maintaining and extending the existing science data SciServer ( platform to exploit eROSITA and HETDEX surveys. eROSITA is the primary instrument on board the Russian "Spectrum-Röntgen-Gamma" (SRG) satellite launched in 2019. It collects X-ray data of up to a hundred thousand galaxy clusters and stars and millions of active galactic nuclei. HETDEX is a unique spectroscopic survey that will map the evolution of Dark Energy using Lyman-alpha emitting galaxies in the high redshift universe. HETDEX started its observations in January 2018. In the longer term the support role might be expanded to the 4MOST ( and Euclid ( missions.

The ideal candidate will be a scientific programmer with a strong interest in working with large astronomical datasets and is expected to maintain and update the science platform, including ingesting new data, user support, and developing new data routines and services supporting science collaborations. Furthermore, the candidate will be helming efforts to integrate the science platform closer to the services and facilities of the Max-Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF, the data center in Campus). The candidate should have:

  • University degree in computer science, astronomy, physics, or a related field
  • Experience with Science Platform functionality, Jupyter notebooks/lab, proficient with Python & R.
  • Experience with administration of Linux systems and clusters. Ideally, some experience with Windows servers as well.
  • Experience with Virtual Machines, Docker & Kubernetes.
  • Knowledge of with SQL databases, database design and database server administration.
  • Knowledge of software design and programming principles development documentation and testing. Ideally, some experience creating and deploying web services.
  • Understanding of the modern tools and technologies for computational analysis in Astronomy.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

Up to 20% of the time may be spent on research on a topic related to the unique data products of the supported surveys. Beyond those, the candidate will have access to the other facilities available to the institute (e.g. ESO telescopes).

The position is currently open for two years guaranteed with the possibility of extension depending on the availability of funding. Salary and social benefits are based on the German TVöD scale, depending on experience.

Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF format) online ( ) by October 31st, 2023. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications must include:

  • cover letter
  • statement software experience and interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • list of references to provide letters of recommendation (we will request those upon shortlisting)
  • list of publications

You can also send informal enquiries about the position to Dr. Mara Salvato ([email protected]) and Dr. Maximilian Fabricius ([email protected]). For further details about MPE see .

The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 20
Application Deadline
2023 Oct 31