Empa - the place where innovation starts
Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
Our nanotech@surfaces Laboratory is offering a
PostDoc position in data science for open and reproducible materials research
We are looking for
a highly motivated and talented candidate with a strong background in data and materials science for a challenging PostDoc position to promote and facilitate the adoption of open research data (ORD) practices that comply with the FAIR data principles in the field of materials science.
This project will use data from simulations and experiments to design, develop, stress test, and benchmark ORD practices that support and enable combined experimental and computational research in materials science. Our developments will enable general interoperability between experimental Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN), Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), and Workflow Management System software for managing reusable simulation workflows (WFMS). We will use openBIS as ELN-LIMS and AiiDA as WFMS. Through practical examples, we will show how their implementation can enable novel approaches to conducting research, understanding the results, and ultimately accelerating the discovery and characterization of materials.
The successful candidate will work with experimental and theoretical scientists from Empa, PSI, ETHZ, and the NCCR MARVEL to define data types, metadata and practices for open research data that will allow successful integration between the AiiDA and openBIS platforms. The candidate will also work with AiiDA and openBIS developers to help code missing interoperability functionalities on the AiiDA side.
include a PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Computer Science, as well as strong programming skills in Python and previous experience with ELN-LIMS and WFMS. Experience with ontologies or metadata formats is beneficial. We are looking for a highly motivated team player that is curious to learn new things, and has excellent English communication skills.
Join our world-class team to explore data science for materials research in a global network of collaborators where you can build a competitive research portfolio. Located in the Zurich Area, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technologies (Empa) offers outstanding infrastructure, a broad interdisciplinary environment and competitive salaries. Empa is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. The position is available upon agreement, with a planned duration of two years.