Scientific Programmer (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena

Type of Job

EDV & Informatics

Microbiology & Ecology Earth Sciences and Climate Research

Job offer from March 14, 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) in Jena is dedicated to interdisciplinary fundamental research in the field of Earth system sciences with a focus on climate and ecosystems. The internationally renowned institute, which currently employs around 250 people, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022. Jena is known for high-tech industry, internationally renowned research institutions and a modern university, but it also has a beautiful natural setting in the green Saale valley with steep limestone slopes. The city of Jena has an active student scene and a diverse cultural life. For the department of Biogeochemical Processes we are looking for a Scientific Programmer (m/f/d) in part time, limited to 2 years.

Background and position description

Scientific programmer for the ATTO project. ATTO (Amazon Tall Tower Observatory) is a large German-Brazilian project to study the interactions of the Amazon forest with the atmosphere and climate. Within the framework of the project, large amount of data are collected and shared via the ATTO data portal between the Project members and ultimately to the general public.

Your tasks

  • Support the data management team in scientific programming and project-specific technical development of the ATTO Data Portal in close cooperation with the BExIS development team and the project coordination team
  • Further development of database features in close cooperation with the participating researchers and the BExIS development team
  • Technical support of the database server

Your profile

  • MSc in computer science, bioinformatics, physics, meteorology, or related discipline
  • Basic knowledge of research data management
  • Experience in programming languages and relevant software (C Sharp, Svelte, SQL, BExIS 2.0, Postgres, MS Visual Studio, versioning tools)
  • Experience in supporting Windows servers and using internet information services
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills

Our offer

  • Work in the attractive international environment of an interdisciplinary research institute of the Max Planck Society as well as in a friendly and team-oriented work environment
  • Regular participation in modern career-oriented training and continuing education opportunities
  • Childcare through partnership with a nearby childcare facility
  • Use of company prevention offers in the health area
  • Use of our job ticket, the Dual Career Network and other campus offers

Part-time work is generally possible. The position will be evaluated and graded following the collective agreement according to TVöD Bund; in addition, we will provide a pension plan based on the public service (VBL).

The Max Planck Society (MPS) strives for gender equality and diversity. The MPS aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from all fields. The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled persons are expressly encouraged.

Your application

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Marcus Guderle . Are you interested? Please send us your application with cover letter, curriculum vitae as well a s names and contact information of two references summarised in a PDF file (max. 10 MB) by April 15, 2023, quoting the reference number 05/2023 by e-mail to or to the

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Personal: Keyword “Wissenschaftlicher Programmierer”
Hans-Knöll-Straße 10
07745 Jena

We ask that you do not use application folders, but only submit copies, as your documents will be destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations after the application process has been completed. We look forward to receiving your application!

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