Data Scientist; AWI’s Ocean Acoustics Group

Job Title: 
Data Scientist
Job Location: 
Bremerhaven, Germany
Full Time
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
The AWI’s Ocean Acoustics Group seeks to further our understanding of the marine acoustic environment and its interaction with anthropogenic sound emissions therein. In this context the AWI will support the IQOE efforts by establishing an IQOE data portal through which IQOE-relevant passive acoustic data and novel data products can directly be accessed.

To lead and implement these developments, the AWI seeks a Data Scientist to design and curate a designated IQOE data portal for globally collected passive acoustic data.

Work context (DATA HUB EuU HGF)

To develop a common, seminal research data infrastructures for the Research Field Earth and Environment of the Helmholtz Association, we seek to develop cross-disciplinary data management and tools addressing the common FAIR goals (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable). A major component in our effort to build an integrated earth knowledgebase, is to merge the repositories and data infrastructures of marine, terrestrial and atmospheric research centres to become an open, networked information infrastructure.

Background and Tasks
The project resources include access to the AWI’s computing infrastructure and funding for dedicated additional infrastructure.

You will be supported by a concurrently employed data engineer, who will be in charge of the technical implementation of the data portal in close collaboration with the AWI’s computing center.

You will work with AWI and international scientists to develop data products that are of direct relevance to stakeholders in underwater acoustics.

Project results, such as databases, infrastructure, white and peer-reviewed papers, support of political and regulatory bodies, as well as media outreach will contribute to the conservation and management of aquatic fauna throughout the global ocean, and will advance our understanding of the ecological processes that influence distribution and abundance of marine life.

Specific objectives

  • Serve as the staff person for the IQOE Data Management Working Group
  • Work with the Data Management WG to determine what kind of data and metadata must be managed and how it will be collected from scientists
  • Develope and document a community driven IQOE Standard Operating Procedure
  • Create an IQOE Data Management Plan
  • Improve the data aspects of the IQOE Website
  • Help the Data Management WG liaise with the IQOE Science Committee regarding data issues.
  • Help handle data-related issues for other IQOE WGs
  • Work with IQOE representatives on Ocean Sound Essential Ocean Variable issues.
  • Work with data holders (national oceanographic databases, CTBTO, companies) to create agreements for data sharing

Assist in and coordinate the acquisition of pertinent hard- and software from external providers

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field of study, including computer science or mathematics
  • Experience in management of large data sets
  • Competence with programming environments (Matlab, R etc.) and databases
  • Experience with Unix/Linux operating systems and mainframe computers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Desired skills and knowledge

  • Work experience in an English-speaking country
  • Formal mathematical education or strong background
  • Experience with (automated) passive acoustic data processing (marine or terrestrial)


Further Information
For further information please contact Dr. Olaf Boebel (Olaf.Boebel [at]

The full-time position is limited to 2 years pending final approval of funding and shall begin as early as possible. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13.
The place of employment will be Bremerhaven and is embedded in the AWI’s Ocean Acoustics Group.


This characterizes us
  • our scientific success - excellent research.
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary.
  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI.
  • a culture of reconciling work and family – audited, and even more than that.
  • our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more.
  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world.
  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • flat hierarchies – freedom and responsibility.
  • exciting topics – also in technology, administration and infrastructure.

In close cooperation between AWI's research departments and the computing center AWI develops the IT- and data science products for our research activities. AWI is leading in developing strategies and solutions for management of big data such as acoustic data sampled at high frequencies. We develop modern data management architectures, which comprise the entire data chain from data acquisition, management, processing, quality control and analysis, as well as distribution and visualization, while employing current generation of high-performance computers.

 You will be embedded in a creative IT-team, dedicated to develop seminal research data infrastructure for the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.


Equal opportunities for women and men are an integral part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we encourage women to apply.


Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.
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