Post-doc Open Science cloud (1.0 FTE)


KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programs and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the approximately 32.000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents.

Job description

At KVI CART we are looking for a Physicist/IT scientist in the framework of the ESCAPE project Open Science cloud. The idea of the initiative European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is to realise a European science cloud that enables universal access to research data via one single online platform. In this context, KVI-CART and CIT, University of Groningen are participating in the EU project ESCAPE (European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures).

Your tasks will be:
• conceptual design, planning, development, setup and operation of a prototype of a federated data infrastructure system, a so called „Data Lake” which should serve as a basis for an „open access” data service
• optimization of the data infrastructure system with respect to reliability, performance and scalability
• integration of the generated „Data Lake” into higher ranking infrastructures such as the “European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)” under consideration of the “FAIR“ data principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable)
• ensuring that the built data infrastructure system supports the primary scientific requirements of the FAIR experiments (FAIR facility, Darmstadt, Germany)
• collaboration on national, regional, and international level with scientific as well as industrial partners and participation in corresponding workshops and conferences
• development of appropriate interfaces to individual data centers, HPC centers, and to commercial and scientific Cloud resources
• safe-guarding the existence of long time data preservation as well as Quality of Storage (QoS).


• successfully completed studies (Master, Diploma) of Computer Science, Physics, or comparable course of studies
• some experience in setting up storage and data transfer services as well as knowledge of storage software environments used in High Energy Physics, as e.g. XRootD
• familiarity with the concepts of distributed computing and storage as well as with the concepts of HTC/Grid and HPC computing and knowledge about scientific and commercial Cloud systems
• know-How in the data processing requirements of the participating experiments, especially the FAIR and LHC experiments
• good knowledge in basic network technologies and the Linux operating system
• knowledge in programming and scripting languages such as C/C++, Python, Ruby is highly desired
• the ability to work in project-oriented context
• good knowledge and practice of English.

You work with care for detail and have good communication skills, high methodical and social competences and the willingness to learn additional skills. Your work style is team and solution-oriented.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 30 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
- a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience from 2,709 to 4,274 gross per month (salary scale 10) for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- a temporary appointment for 2,5 years
- a full-time position (38 hours per week)
- excellent secondary benefits, including a pension scheme and flexible employment conditions
- an extensive on-the-job-training, offering a versatile and demanding work environment in an international research institute.

The ideal starting date for this position is 1 February 2020

Job Application

If you see the described scope of duties as a personal challenge and are interested to work in an exceptional international, very strongly technically-stamped environment, you may apply for these position until 12 January 11:59pm / before 13 January 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Myroslav Kavatsyuk

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219590

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