Data management engineer


For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Data management engineer

Limited: 4 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: FHMA041/2021 | Deadline: 11.08.2022 | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with 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.

Modern scientific data management and analysis leverage their distributed storage systems by embracing new data lake concepts. Hence, large local data stores need to be federated and combined into one common view. This will change operation of the storage, user experience and data management workflows.

You will work interdisciplinary with domain scientists, the infrastructure providers and the developers of the services and middleware components to develop concepts, and create and operate scientific compute infrastructures utilizing the DESY and other German multi-Petabyte storage installations.

About your role:

  • You will operate and optimize distributed computing infrastructures for the mentioned science domains
  • You will setup prototypes to evaluate new features and performance requirements of the scientific applications
  • You will support scientists to optimize their workflows on complex compute and storage environments
  • Together with the developers of certain middleware components and services you will sketch enhancements to satisfy the demands from the user community
  • You will maintain close connections to relevant national and international projects with similar scope to ensure the coherence with the PUNCH4NFDI effort

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. DESY offers its employees a financial supplement for a job ticket at both locations.

Limited: 4 years

About you:

  • You have completed a master's degree in computer science, physics, mathematics, engineering or related subject, or comparable knowledge
  • You have experience in managing large amounts of data, preferably in a data driven science area (e.g. high energy physics, astronomy)
  • You have experiences in scripting and programming mainly in Python
  • You have good knowledge about Linux and system administration, preferably in a distributed infrastructure
  • You are a team player, enjoy working in large geographically distributed teams and like occasional travels to collaborating institutions
  • You have good spoken and written command of the English language

For further information please contact Dr. Kilian Schwarz at +49 40 8998-2596 (

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: 11.08.2022