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Senior Coordinator for Scientific Computation and Data Management @ELI-DC

Background information and position description

Extreme Light Infrastructure

The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) is the world’s most advanced international laser research infrastructure. It will provide the scientific community with access to a new generation of laser technologies delivering sources of ultra-intense high-energy particle beams and ultra-bright radiation in the femtosecond and attosecond timescales for multidisciplinary applications for a wide range of disciplines including materials sciences, engineering, medicine, biology, chemistry, and astrophysics.

The ELI Facilities are being commissioned and entering initial operations. Teams are working on-site to ensure that data acquisition and storage solutions are in place to fulfil initial requirements. When fully operational, ELI is expected to serve hundreds of scientific users per year generating an estimated 5 Petabytes of scientific data every year. ELI is committed to provide its users with state-of-the-art tools, methods and services for the acquisition, analysis, curation, and preservation of data derived from experiments, according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable).

These efforts are taking place within the framework and with the support of PaNOSC (Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud), a project financed by the European Commission bringing together six major world-class European research infrastructures including ELI. PaNOSC aims at making scientific data produced at Europe’s major Photon and Neutron sources fully compatible with the FAIR principles in terms of data policy and services to users, and at contributing to the building up of the European Open Science Cloud.

The Extreme Light Infrastructure Delivery Consortium (ELI-DC) is an international association under Belgian law in charge of supporting the coordinated transition of ELI from implementation to operations. The ELI facilities will be operated as an integrated organization, the ELI European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ELI ERIC), which is being in the process of being established. It is planned that ELI ERIC will be the legal successor of ELI-DC after it is formally established in the course of 2020. It will have its registered office in the Czech Republic.

Position Overview

The ELI-DC seeks a candidate for the role of “Senior Coordinator for Scientific Computation and Data Management”. The selected candidate will be responsible for leading the planning and implementation of ELI’s scientific data management services and in particular ELI’s involvement in the PaNOSC project.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Coordinator for Scientific Computation and Data Management is expected to have the following duties:

  • Lead the participation of ELI in the PaNOSC Project
  • Facilitate and lead the definition of a unified and standardised processes and protocols within ELI for the management of experiment-derived data from proposal to publication and eventually open access, including acquisition, processing, reduction, storage, curation and remote access;
  • Coordinate the definition and implementation of ELI-wide standard data and metadata formats;
  • Lead the design, implementation and maintenance of appropriate solutions for long-term data storage of the experiment-derived data;
  • Lead the strategy for the design, development and implementation of relevant simulation and data analysis services for users;
  • Lead and coordinate the design and implementation of the data-related modules of ELI’s user portal and underlying infrastructure (databases, backend, frontend).

Reporting and Interactions

The Senior Coordinator for Scientific Computation and Data Management will report to the ELI-DC Director General and future ELI ERIC Scientific Director. He/she is expected to work in close interaction with the staff of the ELI Facilities involved in data-related activities and is also expected to build up and lead the future ELI ERIC team dedicated to the development and maintenance of ELI’s user portal and underlying technology.
He/she will take the lead coordinating ELI’s involvement in PaNOSC and will actively manage the activities of the project’s work packages related to the duties outlined above.

Required skills and experience:

  • University degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Science, or related field
  • 10+ years professional experience in positions related to scientific data management and extensive familiarity with technologies, infrastructure, processes and operational best practices in the field
  • Experience working in scientific user-oriented environment
  • Experience in working with and managing enterprise-scale network/server-infrastructures as well as working with large scientific databases and data sets
  • Leadership and team management skills
  • Goal-oriented, strategic thinking
  • Experience with international collaborative environments
  • Proficiency in English
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