Understanding climate and its change is one of mankind’s most important challenges. The advent of exascale-computing in the near future gives new exciting insights from  storm-resolving climate modeling on the global scale. The pace at which data are generated by such scientific experiments and large simulations poses new challenges in terms of the capability of efficiently and effectively analyzing the massive datasets generated. Improving the knowledge retrieval process from such analysis reveals many demanding tasks for all its components.

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary center for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany. It is one of the premier climate science research institutes in the world. Located in the heart of one of Europe’s most livable and vibrant cities, it provides a highly international and interdisciplinary environment to conduct scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. You can also have a virtual tour to our campus.

Subject to the official approval of the Grant Agreement by the European funding agency, the Scientific Computing Laboratory – SCLab at MPI-M is offering the fixed-term position of

3 Scientific Programmer (MPIM-W110 | all genders)

The successful applicant will be part of a team of research scientists and software engineers contributing to the development of the next generation Climate Modelling System ICON and its implementation on new high-performance computing systems. In the German BMBF funded WarmWorld project, key components of the climate information systems (models, data and analysis systems) will be refactored to enable scalable development and application. In the EU funded DestinE project a climate digital twin of the earth system will be implemented using ICON at km-scale and new methods for exposing its information to applications and users will be prototyped and implemented.


Your Tasks
The successful applicants will contribute to the re-factoring of the ICON modelling system as part of a large team across Germany and Europe. Applicants are sought with specific interests in (i) streaming based data publishing/subscription systems designed to expose climate model output; and (ii) efficient implementation of the modelling system on Europe’s leading  high-performance computing infrastructures (LUMI, JUPITER).


Your profile

  • A PhD in Informatics, Mathematics, Physics, Atmosphere/Ocean sciences or related fields. Excellently qualified candidates with a Masters degree can also be employed and are encouraged to apply
  • Excellent software engineering skills, with extensive programming experience
  • Experience or a strong interest in high-performance computing, information throughput, data handling, streaming, and its application to climate science
  • Good communication and teamwork skills as well as the ability to work independently
  • Proficiency in English and/or German


What we offer

  • Participation in an effort to advance climate science, and its application, at the forefront of information technology
  • Excellent opportunities for self-realization, freedom in and influence upon the decisions what to do, and how to do it
  • Excellent opportunities for further (self-)training and development, self-organized and/or in external courses and events
  • A network of very experienced and innovative colleagues within the lab, the institute, and at project partner institutions with a long-proven tradition of sharing knowledge and  information
  • Working for and with an open-source community
  • Possibility for flexible time-management and measures to support work-life balance (equal opportunities at MPI-M https://mpimet.mpg.de/en/institute/6140)


Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined for this project. Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions depending on qualification (typically E13 | E14 TVöD), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and those of the German civil service. Positions can be filled part time, and or shared.

The deadline of the applications is 15th September 2022.

One of the three appointments is 48 months (BMBF Project WarmWorld), with the possibility for extension to a second (48 month) phase. The other two are expected to be funded initially for the first phase (18 months each) of an envisioned seven-year project.  The positions are offered with a nominal starting date of 1st October 2022, at the earliest.

The Max Planck Society encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, and has a particular interest in attracting talented women to technical fields, such as those advertised here, in which they are historically under-represented.


Your application
For further information, please contact Daniel.Klocke (daniel.klocke@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de). Please do not forward your application to this email address. The application documents (PDF only) need to be submitted through our online application system at  https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mhmt/perso/mpim_w110.nsf/application

  1. a motivation letter,
  2. a detailed curriculum vitae, and
  3. copies of certificates
  4. We welcome any reference such as code samples or previous projects.


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