Computational Scientist – Simulations and Virtual Labs – Closed on December 16th, 2018

The Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, CERIC–ERIC, is a multidisciplinary Research Infrastructure open for basic and applied research in all fields of Materials, Biomaterials and Nanotechnology. CERIC has been built by integrating leading national research facilities based in 8 countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia) into a unique European entity supporting the production of basic knowledge and technology transfer, and promoting the mobility of researchers in an international multicultural scientific environment.

The position is available for CERIC-ERIC within the European Project Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud – PaNOSC. PaNOSC aims at the development of meta-data catalogues and data repositories to provide federated services for making research data easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable (FAIR). PaNOSC will provide petabytes of curated data from thousands of applied and basic science experiments annually and the analysis software for many fields ranging from materials and life sciences to cultural heritage and palaeontology.

Position description

The job post is related to the project tasks regarding the Simulation and Virtual Laboratories.
Simulations of the various parts and processes involved in complex experiments play an increasingly important role in the entire lifecycle of scientific data generated at research facilities. An objective of this work is to facilitate the rapid prototyping and execution of data workflows that combine experimental data and simulations inside user friendly application frameworks as an EOSC service. Ultimately, this will be achieved by creating a cloud based virtual research facility that represents all major components of real photon and neutron RIs and thereby allows the exchange and coupling of data and services between the real facility and its virtual simulated counterpart with the overarching objective to boost the extraction of meaning and information from raw experimental and simulation data. The successful candidate will also be involved in the integration of existing synchrotron X-ray optics modelling software to an interactive/visual programming environment ( The desired skillset is diverse, and training on the job will be provided.

Qualifications and other Requirements

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or a related field.
  • Software development in Python, C/C++, Java.
  • Experience in developing simulation/modelling software is a plus.
  • Knowledge of X-ray optics is a plus.
  • Experience with at least some libraries and tools from the scientific computing Python ecosystem such as numpy, scipy, matplotlib, pandas, ploty, bokeh, and h5py.
  • Experience in software engineering methods for computational and data science.
  • At least to 2 years of work experience is required (in Research Institutes is a plus).
  • Experience in European projects and international collaborations will be considered a plus.
  • English is the working language, hence very good communication and writing skills in English are necessary.
  • Availability to travel in other partner institutes and attend project meetings.


The position will be based in Basovizza, Trieste, Italy. Full time, fixed term contract, for 48 months. The compensation offered will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include meal vouchers, health insurance, education and training. 33 days holiday + Bank holidays.

Other If you think you might be a perfect match for our company, send your CV, written in English, and the list of two references, before December 16th, 2018, to the e-mail address, with the following subject: Computational Scientist – Simulations and Virtual Labs

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