Software Engineer (f_m_x)


The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for research into the geosphere. With around 1,650 employees, we develop a sound understanding of systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to counter global change, understand natural hazards and sustainably secure energy and raw material requirements.

For section 4.5 Subsurface Process Modelling (Department 4 “Geosystems”), we are looking for a:

Software Engineer (f_m_x)

Reference Number 9506

In Section 4.5 we investigate coupled processes in the subsurface. We follow a multistage workflow, where we integrate geological and geophysical data into consistent 3D static geological models which we use to carry out  process simulations to understand the geodynamic development and derive predictions for the best use of the subsurface. Based on the developed data-based models we are interested, among other things, to describe the development of pressure and temperature conditions through time, at present-day conditions as well as with respect to future scenarios. For these Digital Twins we develop in-house open-source numerical tools for both 3D data integration and for the simulation of coupled thermal-hydraulic-mechanical processes. With this advertisement we are looking for support in these two areas of research.

Your responsibilities:

  • Development and documentation of software libraries and program systems
  • Assistance in the maintenance and development of object-oriented, HPC scalable software solutions for geological-mathematical process modelling
  • Development of visualisation concepts and software assisted solutions (e.g. GUI) tailored to the enhanced visualization of complex geological objects, structures and processes
  • Development of modelling algorithms for the description of geological processes e.g. in the area of sediment basin formation
  • Development of object-oriented and library-capable software for geological-mathematical process modelling and simulation
  • Development of interactive modelling systems for various process models
  • Development of visualisation methods for complex geological objects, structures and processes
  • System administration (local machines and computing server)

Your qualifications:

  • A master's or diploma degree in computer science or natural sciences
  • Extensive knowledge of  high-level general-purpose programming language (e.g. C++) as well as interpreted programming language (e.g. Python) 
  • Experience in administration of Unix- and Windows-based operating systems
  • Experience in dealing with software and hardware problems
  • Experience in Graphical User Interface (GUI) development 
  • Advanced knowledge of mathematics and physics
  • Experience in the maintenance of computing servers and PCs
  • Very good English language skills

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre 
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site 
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Start date: 1st November 2024
Fixed-term: 2 years (with possibility of extension)
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 31st July 2024. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at], who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Dr. Denis Anikiev via email at If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.



Franca Buge

Human Resources

0331 6264-1676


Steffanie Gallwitz

Human Resources

GFZ - Helmholtz / Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum

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Deadline: 2024-07-31
Location: Germany, Potsdam, Brandenburg
Categories: Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physics, Programming Languages, research software, Software Engineering,


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