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[Met-jobs] Data scientist in snow and avalanche research - BFW, Innsbruck, Austria

From JT Fischer <>
Date Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:17:19 +0200

The Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW) is a federal,
multidisciplinary research and education centre. It currently employs
approximately 300 people and consists of six departments, which cover a
broad array of topics. The Department of Natural Hazards in Innsbruck
has 30 staff members and is dedicated to the development of practice-
oriented methods for the sustainable protection of settlements and
infrastructure against Alpine natural hazards. In the Snow and
Avalanche Division, we investigate the properties of the snow cover and
dynamics of avalanches on different scales. We are looking to appoint

Data scientist in snow and avalanche research

As a data scientist in the Snow and Avalanche Division, you will foster
and expedite the use of novel information technologies for scientific
and practical applications.

Job Responsibilities:
- Develop and implement conceptual models for gravitational mass flows
- Collect and analyse avalanche data to optimize existing simulation
- Design, develop, test and debug custom in-house applications
- Plan, construct, and maintain databases for data storage,
manipulation, and retrieval
- Publish and present your work in scientific journals and at
international conferences
- Contribute your own ideas and proposals from the field of information
and communication technology to snow and avalanche research

Job Requirements:
- University degree in computer science or a related field of earth /
natural sciences
- High coding skills in Python, C++ or similar
- High proficiency in handling, analysing and communicating /
visualising complex data
- Experience with mathematical modelling big data and/or application
- Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts as well as
experience with Geographic Information Systems (e.g. topographic
- Experience in the acquisition of project funding and project
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, very good language
skills in written and spoken English; German language skills beneficial
(at least the readiness to acquire them)
- Strong team skills, flexibility and readiness to initiate and work
within international collaborations and liaising with other scientists
and practitioners
- Willingness and ability to work outdoors in (wintry) Alpine

We offer a challenging position in a stimulating environment and the
opportunity to develop your research career in the small and
fascinating field of snow and avalanche research. Fixed term
appointment for 3 years. Salary starting from € 2.769,- (depending on
prior experience, full-time, labour grading v 1/1), according to the
Austrian Contractual Employee Act.

If you any additional information, please contact: Dr. Jan-Thomas
Fischer or Mag. Reinhard Fromm (tel. +43 512 573 933 5102 / 5104, email / Submit your
application including CV, motivation letter and research statement
until Thursday 04.10.2018.

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