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Job posting: Data scientist in snow and avalanche research
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 a:

Data scientist in snow and avalanche research (job advertisement)

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 (avalanche)
  • Collect and analyse avalanche data to optimize existing simulation models
  • 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 development
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts as well as experience with Geographic Information Systems (e.g. topographic modelling)
  • Experience in the acquisition of project funding and project management
  • 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 conditions
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 jt.fischer@bfw.gv.at / reinhard.fromm@bfw.gv.at ). Submit your application including CV, motivation letter and research statement until Thursday 04.10.2018.
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