Research Software Engineer (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

Type of Job

EDV & Informatics

Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Behavioral Sciences

Job Code: 02-2024

Job offer from January 25, 2024

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön is an internationally oriented institution whose research focuses on the principles, mechanisms and effects of evolutionary change. Around 180 employees from more than 30 nations currently work at our institute in the departments of Theoretical Biology and Microbial Population Biology, as well as in a number of independent research groups.

We are looking for a new member of staff to join our institute as a Research Software Engineer (m/f/d) for part-time support (19.5 hours /week) in the implementation of the work plan of the NFDI4BIOIMAGE consortium.

The position

  • develop a knowledge base with Linked Open Data and Semantic Web technologies,
  • develop plugins for the electronic laboratory book "OpenBIS" and the image database "OMERO" as open source software,
  • create work and progress reports in the consortium.

Your profile

As a graduate of a university or university of applied sciences in bioinformatics, computer science, information technology or similar disciplines, you have in-depth knowledge of programming, software architecture and user interface design. The development of software in a scientific context in at least two programming languages (Python, Java, C/C++, R or Julia) is your strength, as is working with relational and NoSQL databases.  You are enthusiastic about open source software.

Experience in the field of Linked Open Data and Semantic Web round off your profile. Documenting and presenting your results in English is a natural part of your day-to-day work. You prefer to work in an agile team of scientists, technicians and developers with flat hierarchies and a dynamic distribution of tasks and roles.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Carsten Fortmann-Grote:

The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly encouraged. In addition, the Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.


Please send your written application consisting of a CV and links to two of your own publicly accessible software repositories (e.g. github) and a short letter of motivation by 29.02.2024 by e-mail as a summarized PDF file to: . We expressly waive the submission of  photographs / application photos and therefore ask you to refrain from doing so.

Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionsbiologie
August-Thienemann-Str. 2
24306 Plön

Please kindly understand that we will not return any applications sent to us.

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