Job offer as Research Software Engineer at Max-Plack Institute in Dresden, Germany (closed)

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Research Software Engineer (Scientific Programmer) (m/f) – update: see also here

We are looking for a scientific software developer, that becomes part of our Fiji/ImageJ related open source software development team at MPI-CBG and CSBD in Dresden.

The Institutes

The MPI-CBG and CSBD are highly visible and international research institutes in Dresden, focused on cell and developmental biology and systems biology, respectively. Currently about 500 employees are working at these partner institutes, where half are from abroad, with more than 50 nations represented. MPI-CBG has twice been awarded the title “Best Place to Work” (Academia and postdocs) by the journal “The Scientist”. It tops the list of the top ten research institutions outside the United States in 2009, and is the only German institution listed.

In the past years, Dresden has been developing at a tremendous pace into one of the leading scientific centers in Germany and Europe. As a city of about half a million inhabitants, it hosts 19 world-class scientific institutions with a vibrant international community. It is located on the picturesque river Elbe, about 2 hour away from Berlin and Prague, and offers a family-friendly quality of life at a low price level.

Here we advertise an open positions for a

Scientific Software Developers/Programmer (m/f)

to add to our creative and interdisciplinary research team at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. We develop methods and algorithms for image-based systems biology by applying and further developing cutting edge approaches that make use of various machine learning and optimization techniques. Our work also includes the development of convenient and reusable libraries and user interfaces that are capable of dealing with gigabytes and terabytes of image data. All our tools are open-source, and provided to the community through the Fiji Updater, Maven, or via pip/conda.

Responsibilities include

We seek an open-minded and motivated personality to help shape the future software tools for bio-image analysis and put our algorithms at the fingertips of users worldwide. Your responsibility would include maintaining our various open-source tools, turning research codes into user-friendly software packages, and writing user interfaces for the access of cloud and cluster infrastructure. Last but not least, you are expected to become (or already be) an active member of the open-source community around Fiji/ImageJ. Experience with python-based projects is a plus.


Applicants are expected to have a M.Sc. degree or PhD in Computer Science, Scientific Computing, Software Engineering, Physics, or related areas. Excellent programming skills are required. Most of our codes are written in Java and Python. Experience with cluster computing, cloud infrastructure, neural networks and image analysis in general are helpful. Excellent command of the English language and the ability to work independently and communicate across discipline boundaries are required. The working language in our team and the institute is English.

Details & Contact

The position is initially limited to 2 years. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees) up to EG 13. For further information about EG 13 (level 13), please consult the homepage of German TVöD Bund.

We especially encourage women to apply.

The Max PlanckSociety is committed to employ more people with disabilities and actively seek their applications.

UPDATE: Please use the following link to apply for this job:

Please mail your complete application in English including a motivation letter, CV, and at least 2 recommendation letters to and If you have any questions, please feel free to answer to this post or get in contact with us by other means.


Same thing, other location:
There is still ample time to apply! :slight_smile:


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