For versatile and challenging tasks in an international environment DESY is seeking dedicated employees in the field of natural sciences, engineering and also in the technical and commercial sector.

For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

Scientist as Technical Lead for building a Helmholtz-wide Cloud Platform


DESY, with its 2700 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world's leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

DESY, member of the German Helmholtz Research Association, is partner in the HIFIS incubator initiative, aiming to install 3 competence clusters, distributed over the different Helmholtz research centres. One of those clusters involves the creation of a platform, federating first class cloud services from the various centres and making them available in a consistent and unified way. DESY is responsible for the implementation of the technical platform.

The position

  • You will lead a small, geographically distributed team of developers in implementing a platform (marketplace) to federate compute, data and other cloud services, provided by the different German Helmholtz centres
  • You will oversee and support the integration of those cloud offerings into the marketplace
  • You will lead the evaluation and definition of necessary technical interfaces, in the areas of AAI, monitoring and accounting, to seamlessly integrate those cloud offerings into the marketplace
  • You will be the contact of your team to other HIFIS groups and to groups outside of HIFIS, working on similar endeavours


  • You own a university degree in computer science, physics, mathematics or equivalent
  • You have a good knowledge in distributed cloud services and federated core services, like portals and single sign-on authentication
  • You have basic knowledge in the areas of Cloud Management Frameworks, distributed Data Management, Authentication and Identity Management
  • You are able to translate technical designs into comprehensible visions and successfully communicate those visions to your coworkers and stakeholders
  • You have a good spoken and written command of the English language

For further information please contact Dr. Patrick Fuhrmann, 040-8998-4474.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time-work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

We are looking forward to your application via our application system:
Online Application
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: FHMA031/2020
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 30.09.2020