Computer scientist or astrophysicist for Gaia group in Heidelberg

Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg
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The Gaia group in Heidelberg seeks a computer scientist or an astrophysicist for a position at the Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH), Germany. Gaia is a space observatory of the European Space Agency (ESA) which compiles a 3D space catalogue of more than one billion stars, i.e. roughly 1% of the stars in our Milky Way. The ZAH operates a partner data center hosting the first two Gaia data releases.

The successful applicant will maintain and expand the services offered by the Heidelberg Gaia data center (; this, in particular, comprises the database service based on the ARI/CDS TAP library ( implementing the Virtual Observatory Table Access Protocol. Service developments should support the scientific exploitability of the Gaia results. This will in particular include coding in several programming and scripting languages (C, java, python, \dots) as well as the design and extension of data base systems. The job will include intensive cooperation with local and international partners.
The applicant should have
- at least a Master's degree or equivalent in either physics, astrophysics, or computer science,
- solid skills in software development and knowledge about data base systems,
- preferably solid knowledge of at least one field of astronomy,
- proficiency in English and preferably German.
The position is for a fixed term until the end of 2020. Please send your applications to Stefan Jordan, in one pdf file.  Please include (links to) samples of code you have written. For further information, send mail to the address above or call +49 (0)6221 54 1842. The application deadline is March 15, 2018.