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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
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
We presume good communication skills in the English language and the
ability and willingness to work in an experienced and highly motivated
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
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
For any further question do
not hesitate to contact Prof. Joseph Mohr
or Dr. Martin Kümmel
Applications should contain a CV and publication list, a statement
of scientific interest and the contact information for at least
Please send your application electronically to Prof. Mohr and
Included Benefits: The position is a German TVL civil service
position with full benefits.
Prof. Joseph Mohr
Dr. Martin Kümmel