Computer scientist AI / Engineer Automation and Control



Computer scientist AI / Engineer Automation and Control

Deadline: 29 June 2018

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 75 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees

The DeepSea Monitoring group at GEOMAR is offering a position for a:

Computer scientist AI / Engineer Automation and Control (100%)
start can be 1st July 2018

The Project
Mn-nodules are seen as optional metal resource of Ni, Co, Co and other metals. Large quantities of Mn-nodules exist in the Pacific ocean in the so called CCZ where European countries hold exploration incenses, among them Germany and Belgium. In this respect the Belgium dredging company DEME is leading the COMPASS project to advance automated seafloor mapping, reserve evaluation and steering the mining vehicle in such a way that it is efficient but also as environmentally friendly as possible. Three software modules will be developed that depend on each other. One is the DTM-Module that automatically processes AUV-based multibeam data and derives bathymetric and backscatter derivatives. Together with ground truth data these input data layers are used by the Reserve-Assessment-Module to generate reliable and high resolution maps economically, geologically and environmentally relevant information. This information is used by the Ideal-Mining-Path-Module that feeds information towards the mining vehicle control to manoeuvre the vehicle in an optimised way over the seafloor in more than 4000m water depth.

As part of the project team, you will be responsible for developing the Ideal-Mining-Path-Module in close cooperation with DEME and their subcontracted scientists from Ghent University. You will become part of the DeepSea Monitoring Group that includes geoscientists, computer scientists and software developers alike.

Our expectations
• You will proactively join the group of people that plan and implement the Ideal-Mining-Path-Module in an agile software development way.
• You will search for and compare possible algorithms keeping in mind that they are aimed at being used to control a deep sea mining vehicle
• You will closely cooperate with the project partners to implement your workflow and algorithms into a professional software tool; this includes longer stays in Bielefeld (Germany), Ghent (Belgium) and joining a marine research cruise.

Your Qualification
• You are a computer scientist in the field of artificial intelligence/robotic or an engineer with a focus on automation and control.
• You have expertise in path optimization in a 2D space with several static (occurrence of Mn-nodules, protected areas, vehicle restrictions as turning-radius, max. slope) but also several constantly changing input parameters (tension on the riser, water currents, sediment plume development)
• You have been working in projects aiming at developing methods and workflows that are put into a commercial software tool
• You have a general understanding GIS applications
• You have programming skills e.g. in Python, C#, or C++
• You write good (!) software code and are used to do this in a team
• Your fluently spoken and writing languages include English and German

Our offers
• A working place at one of the world leading marine research centres, you will work in a vibrating multinational and multidisciplinary environment
• You will cooperate with one of the world-leading dredging companies DEME in Belgium and a very active software developing company, saltation GmbH, in Germany
• The chance to become part of technological developments aiming to provide solutions for deep sea mining explicitly considering to minimize environmental impact
• Access to a huge amount of data at GEOMAR and join efforts to acquire new data for the project
• Excellent computational facilities at GEOMAR and the Christian-Albrechts University Kiel (HPC, GPU-Clusters)
• A nice working environment with friendly colleagues
• The chance to join a marine research cruise

The position is available for a funding period of three years until 30 June 2021. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German pay scale for public employees. This is a full-time position (100%); the position can be split.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply. GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your complete application (motivation letter, CV including project involvements and papers, copies of your certificates) via email as one pdf file until 29th June 2018 mentioning the key word “COMPASS-AI” in the subject to:

E-Mail: bewerbung(at)

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / „COMPASS-AI“
Wischhofstr. 1 - 3
D-24148 Kiel

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Greinert (email jgreinert(at), phone.: 0049 431 600-2590).

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