Computer Scientist, Physicist - Mass Storage, Data Management (m/w/d)

The Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF) is a competence centre of the Max Planck Society. It is engaged in the development and optimization of algorithms and applications for high performance computing as well as in the design and implementation of solutions for data-intensive projects in close collaboration with scientists of the Max Planck Institutes. The MPCDF operates Max Planck supercomputers, computer systems and data repositories for various Max Planck institutes, and maintains an up-to-date infrastructure for data management including long-term archival as one of the largest such academic site within Europe.

The Max Planck Computing and Data Facility is looking for a

Computer Scientist for Mass Storage and Data Management
Ref. 13/2019

In the area of data storage, MPCDF uses the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) with several IBM Spectrum Scale clusters as interfaces to it, as well as IBM Spectrum Protect servers and clients. MPCDF is one of the top ten scientific sites worldwide by the amount of data stored.

The candidate will be associated with the systems group at the MPCDF and will help to maintain and further develop the Mass Storage systems in use.

The applicant should have a Masters degree in Computer Science or in Physics, applied Mathematics, or a similar subject, but with a strong and clear experience in IT.

 Job Tasks:

  • Day to day proactive monitoring of the server systems, as well as tape libraries and tape drives
  • Identify malfunctioning components and performance bottlenecks and implement corrective actions
  • Develop tools to automate recurring tasks
  • Do regular upgrades of existing systems
  • Install and configure new storage systems, including Linux installation and configuration, network configuration, SAN cabling and configuration, storage software installation, configuration and testing
  • Perform capacity planning of storage and backup solutions and provide recommendations for new data management projects
  • Interact with support engineers in cases where help from software of hardware vendors is needed
  • Interact with users to assist them with storage problems and new requirements
  • Document issues, processes and implemented solutions

 Skills required:

  • Good knowledge of Linux as administrator
  • Ability to quickly develop scripts using Shell and another scripting language like Perl or Python
  • Some experience and affinity to working with hardware
  • Creativity for problem solving under changing conditions, as well as accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability for troubleshooting under time pressure


The full time position starts as soon as possible and is initially limited for a maximum period of two years with the possibility of extending it to a permanent position. Salary will be based on experience according to the German TVöD.

The Max-Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please find more information on For further questions, please contact Manuel Panea (


Please apply with a letter of motivation and a CV online by December 15, 2019

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