LMU logo

University Observatory Munich

Faculty of Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University

USM logoLMU seal
Visitor Information
Current Teaching
Physics Bachelor plus Astronomy
Master of Science
PhD programme
Bachelor & Master Theses
Doctoral Theses
Max-Planck Research School
Talks, Workshops and Colloquia
Wendelstein Observatory
History of the USM
Friends of the Observatory
Job Offers
Relevant Links
deutsche Version

Job offers at the USM

Scientific Software Developer for the Euclid Mission

Job Period: 1.10.2015 – renewable until 2028
Application Deadline: 30.09.2015

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is a partner in the Euclid mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). The primary goal of the mission is to investigate the nature of dark energy and dark matter by measuring the accelerated expansion of the universe using different, independent methods. The Euclid satellite is expected to launch in 2020 and has a mission lifetime of 6 years. The responsibilities of the LMU Euclid group are focused on the ground segment of the mission. In particular, we are leading the efforts of reprocessing and calibrating external data from ground-based projects (including DES) and space-based projects (such as WISE) that are needed in combination with the Euclid near-IR and optical imaging to support the science analysis. In addition, we are making a major contribution to the process of merging the external data with the Euclid imaging to obtain multiband photometry of Euclid selected galaxies. We are seeking a new team member to develop algorithms and software needed for these two elements of the mission.

All applicants should have a degree in Astronomy, Physics or Mathematics (PhD preferred) and should have experience in the field of astronomical imaging surveys (preferably optical) and in the development of software in the areas object detection, photometry and photometric calibration. The efficient use of scripting and programming languages (Python and C++) is mandatory. Experience with using and managing data-management systems, databases and high-performance computing environments is a plus. Involvement in the scientific exploitation of the Euclid dataset is encouraged. We presume good communication skills in the English language and the ability and willingness to work in an experienced and highly motivated multi-national team. The contract can start immediately and is renewable through the end of the Euclid mission (currently 2028).

We offer an attractive working environment at the University Observatory in the Physics Department at the LMU. The Observatory hosts several groups with a broad range of astronomical interests ranging from stellar physics to cosmology. The salary will be based on the applicant's qualifications and experience. Applications from disabled persons are encouraged and will be favored when equally qualified. We at LMU are committed to increasing the percentage of female scientists working in physics, and thus we strongly encourage female applicants. For any further question do not hesitate to contact Prof. Joseph Mohr (Joseph.Mohr@physik.lmu.de) or Dr. Martin Kümmel (Martin.Kuemmel@physik.lmu.de). Applications should contain a CV and publication list, a statement of scientific interest and the contact information for at least three references. Please send your application electronically to Prof. Mohr and Dr. Kümmel.

Included Benefits: The position is a German TVL civil service position with full benefits.

Prof. Joseph Mohr
Dr. Martin Kümmel
Scheinerstraße 1
81679 München

Last updated 2015 August 24 14:55 by Webmaster (webmaster@usm.uni-muenchen.de)