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RWTH Aachen - Applied Geophysics & Geothermal Energ

The Institute of Applied Geophysics and Geothermal Energy (GGE) at RWTH Aachen University is searching for a computational scientist. The position is for one year within the EU Horizon 2020 funded “Energy Oriented Centre of Excellence for computing applications” (EoCoE-II). GGE participates as ‘linked third party’ of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The GGE work packages focus on optimization of model based parameter estimation for geothermal reservoirs.

The institute for Applied Geophysics and Geothermal Energy performs application-oriented research in the fields of geothermal energy, numerical simulations of flow and transport processes, petrophysics and seismic imaging. The institute hosts an international and interdisciplinary team of PhD students and postdocs and operates a well-equipped petrophysics laboratory.

The Energy oriented Centre of Excellence for Computing Applications is a European network of expertise in energy science, scientific computing and High Performance Computing (HPC). It consist of 18 partners from seven countries including three European Supercomputing Centers.

Research Assistant/Associate

Work­ing field:

The opti­mi­za­tion of our FOR­TRAN based in-house code SHE­MAT-Suite for simu­la­tion of fluid flow and heat trans­port through porous media. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date would sup­port our rese­arch in geo­ther­mal mode­ling by enab­ling the code towards exas­cale plat­forms.
The suc­cess­ful can­di­date’s work would cover par­ti­cu­larly:
  • Imple­men­ta­tion and inte­gra­tion of the Par­al­lel Data Assi­mi­la­tion Frame­work (PDAF) in order to pro­vide a par­al­lel and scala­ble data assi­mi­la­tion method in SHE­MAT-Suite.
  • Inte­gra­tion of a por­ta­ble data inter­face (PDI) in SHE­MAT-Suite.
  • Impro­ve­ment of simu­la­tion out­puts.
  • Inter­fa­cing the AGMG sol­ver with PETSc.

Fur­ther­more, the respon­si­bi­li­ties include:
  • Pre­pa­ring and sub­mit­ting deli­ver­a­bles in form of writ­ten reports, code per­for­mance mea­su­res and code demons­tra­tors.


The suc­cess­ful can­di­date holds a PhD degree (or MSc. with suf­fi­ci­ent working expe­ri­ence) in a field of com­pu­ta­tio­nal sci­en­ces such as com­pu­ter sci­ence, phy­sics, engi­nee­ring, geo­phy­sics or any other rele­vant field.
The posi­tion requi­res signi­fi­cant expe­ri­ence in pro­gramming with FOR­TRAN, exper­tise in par­al­lel pro­gramming and HPC tech­no­lo­gies, as well as expe­ri­ence with soft­ware deve­lop­ment and manage­ment. We are loo­king for a can­di­date with pro­fi­ci­ency in oral and writ­ten Eng­lish and good inter­per­so­nal and team working skills.
Addi­tio­nal hel­pful skills are:
  • Know­ledge of HDF5, expe­ri­ence with I/O libra­ries
  • Know­ledge of nume­ri­cal sol­vers
  • Expe­ri­ence in geo­ther­mics or heat flow simu­la­ti­ons
  • Inte­rest in inter­di­sci­pli­nary work and rese­arch
  • Expe­ri­ence in wri­ting sci­en­ti­fic reports

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is for 12 Month and is to be fil­led as soon as pos­si­ble. This is a full-time posi­tion. It is also avail­able as part-time employ­ment per request. The employ­ment period will be exten­ded accord­in­gly.

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date does not have the oppor­tu­nity to pur­sue a doc­to­ral degree in this posi­tion.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level TV-L 13.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We par­ti­cu­larly wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from women, dis­ab­led per­sons and eth­nic mino­rity groups, reco­gni­zing they are under­re­p­re­sen­ted across RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity. The princi­ples of fair and open com­pe­ti­tion apply and appoint­ments will be made on merit.

How to ap­ply:

For further details, please contact
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Marquart
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80 49881
Fax: +49 (0) 241 80 49889

For further information, please visit our website at:

Please send your application by April 23, 2019 to
RWTH Aachen
Applied Geophysics & Geothermal Energy
Mathieustr. 10
52074 Aachen

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.