DevOps System Administrator and Technical IT Support Engineer (Hannover)

Stellenangebot vom 10. April 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) is a world leading research institute, specializing in gravitational wave detection. Around 350 international scientists work at the research labs and offices located in Potsdam-Golm and Hannover, Germany.

The Albert Einstein Institute in Hanover is seeking a

DevOps System Administrator and Technical IT Support Engineer

to work in the IT Department, starting as soon as possible. The position is initially limited to two years.


The Albert Einstein Institute (AEI, is doing well. You might have seen "the" gravitational wave detection in the worldwide press last year ( We work on two main sites, one in Hannover and the other in Golm (Potsdam).

Our professional IT team develops and operates high quality IT services for our scientists and support staff. The working culture is collaborative, friendly and high performing. Initiative is appreciated together with a "can do" attitude. There are good opportunities for training and career development. Yes, we do invest in people including those on fixed term contracts.

The Job

Working in a team of eight IT professionals, you will have substantial choice over the technologies, equipment and methodologies used to meet the computing needs of the AEI. Based in Hannover you will develop new IT services and improve existing ones. Our team uses agile methods (as appropriate) and has a "no blame" culture (we fix problems, learn lessons and continuously improve).


  • love to learn.
  • are enthusiastic about technology and what it can do for people.
  • have a "can do attitude" and like to complete work projects.
  • take initiative.
  • can work in English.
  • are organised and can prioritise work by importance and impact.
  • want to make a difference and go home each day from work feeling satisfied with your achievements.

You might, for example, be doing research using computers to solve scientific problems, studying Oriental languages and in your spare time contributing to an open source project, finishing a vocational IT qualification (Ausbildung), working as a senior IT engineer with lots of responsibility and seeking a down-shift, or software programming and running some of the cool things you made.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Communication : You like people.
  • Negotiation : You like sorting things out with people.
  • At least higher intermediate (B1/B2) English language skill and at least A2/B1 German language skill (language training is available, as appropriate).
  • Programming and scripting.
  • Problem analysis and solution : You like fixing stuff.
  • Technical knowledge of some of the following would be great: Linux, Windows, OSX, shell, Python, Perl, NFS, TCP/IP, network switch management, DNS, iptables, relational databases, email, ssh, C, PHP, HTML, Apache, NgineX, Samba, VMware, Xen, LDAP, C++, Fortran, MPI, LaTeX, Matlab, Maple, Mathematica, R, git, postgreSQL, SQL, CSS, javascript, Ruby, MySQL, etc.
  • Learning : You like to learn and apply new knowledge and skills. For example if you have done some cool scripts or websites that other people like and use, with Python or Ruby, then please apply.

If you meet 40%, or more, of the above criteria ("You" and "Skills and Knowledge" sections) please consider applying for this job.

Salary and Contract

Salaries and contract will be based on previous experience according to TVöD guidelines (German collective wage agreement for the public service). This is a full-time position (working hours can be adjusted in accordance with family duties and needs). The position is initially limited to two years.

Further Information

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Further information can be obtained from the Head of IT ( or

How to Apply

Please apply by sending the following to

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • And a cover letter:
    • with references to examples of good IT projects/work you have done before (previous relevant achievements), why you did them and what the benefits were. For example you improved a program so that it ran twice as fast resulting in quicker responses to customer requests, or you fixed a network glitch that was irritating everyone, or you made a contribution to an open source software project to fix an important bug.
    • describing how you meet the criteria for this job. For example for "love to learn" you might write how you learned a new technical skill that you then used to improve a website that then generated more visits from prospective customers for your company.
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