Software Developer


For our location in Zeuthen we are seeking:

Software Developer

Limited: 2 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: APMA022/2021 | Deadline: 31.10.2021 | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with its more than 2700 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world's leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

The PUNCH4NFDI consortium aims at a sustainable utilisation of research data and the establishment of a FAIR data management for particle physics, astroparticle physics, astronomy, and hadron&nuclear physics. In doing so, the consortium builds especially on unique expertise in "big data" management, in "open data" and in data transformations. The consortium, which is part of the German national research data infrastructure (Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur, NFDI) represents more than 40 institutions - university institutes, Max Planck institutes, Helmholtz centres, as well as Leibniz institutes. For its purposes, the consortium receives funding from the DFG for an initial period of 5 years.

The International Lattice Data Grid (ILDG) is operated since more than a decade to manage data from Lattice QCD simulations. As software developer, you will re-design and implement the metadata catalog of ILDG as a modern webservice to enable its use for other domains of scientific data and to integrate it into the infrastructure and services of ILDG and PUNCH4NFDI. Your work will be closely associated with the DESY IT group and can be located at either of the two DESY sites in Hamburg or Zeuthen (Berlin region).

About your role:

  • Design and implementation of the metadata catalog (MDC) for the Lattice Data Grid, including a REST API and modern authentication mechanisms (like OpenID Connect or SAML)
  • Providing test and deployment functionality for the developed MDC service, including support for its configuration and operation within the distributed infrastructure of the PUNCH4NFDI system
  • Contribution to the development of corresponding client software to utilize the PUNCH4NFDI meta data services
  • Providing documentation and tutorials for project partners
  • Contribution to working groups of NFDI and ILDG

Good reasons to join:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. We attach particular importance to appreciative cooperation and the well-being of our DESY employees. Gender equality is an important aspect for us. To support work life balance we offer flexible working hours, variable part-time and job-sharing. You will benefit from our family-friendly and collegial atmosphere, our established health management and occupational pension provision. As a public employer, we offer you a secure workplace and facilitate your individual career with our comprehensive training and development opportunities. Remuneration is according to the regulations of the TV-AVH.

Limited: 2 years

About you:

  • Master degree in computer science, physics, mathematics, engineering or related subject, or comparable qualification
  • Excellent experience in programming, preferably in Java
  • Experience in designing and implementing webservices
  • Good knowledge in the Linux OS and system administration
  • Basic understanding of modern authentication mechanisms, like Open ID Connect, SAML, or two-factor authentication
  • Experience with distributed infrastructures and with managing scientific metadata is of advantage

For further information please contact Dr. Hubert Simma at +49(0)33762 77366 (

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal:

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DESY promotes equal opportunities and diversity. The professional development of women is very important to us and therefore we strongly encourage women to apply for the vacant position. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given preference if they are equally qualified.

You can find further information here:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestraße 85
22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 31.10.2021