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Vacancy No. 25-2018-IPE

PhD position: Intelligent cloud-based data acquisition platform

Job description

Complex and distributed detector and control systems are required for modern scientific experiments. The instrumentation integrates custom and commercial components from various sources and generates everincreasing amounts of data. A variety of different formats, underlying storage engines, and data workflows are used. Often proper manual data interpretation and quality assurance is difficult or even impossible due to the tremendously increase of both number and size of datasets. This raises the need for novel automatic or semi-automatic data analysis methods and tools. Information on operation and scientific meaning needs to be extracted from the data stream and provided to the users in visual and easy to interpret form.
 You are going to develop a novel platform for handling data acquisition and data management tasks of mid-range scientific experiments. As pilot projects, we want to:

  • Refurbish the data acquisition system of Katrin Tritium Neutrino experiment
  • Develop a novel data management platform for tomographic data. We plan to build tools to integrate the data recorded by different subsystems and made it available to users in uniform, comprehensible, and easy-to-use fashion.  We aim at systems which can be catered by a relatively small clusters built from off-the-shelf components. Particularly, we want to
  • Run software on a virtualized platform which can easily hold components running on different operating systems and using a different set of technologies
  • Use novel techniques to distribute massive amounts of data and ensure its consistency
  • Select an optimal database engine to store ever increasing amount of data and exploit an intelligent caching to speed up queries
  • Integrate automatic and user-generated metadata fully describing how the data was obtained and also relations between different datasets
  • Include automated data quality monitoring using provided data-inspection modules, but also trying to find data anomalies using deep learning techniques.
  • Foresee workflows for collaborative data analysis
  • Ensure data traceability and provide internal mechanism to reference the data
  • Rely on cloud technologies to ensure scalability and high-availability

Personal qualification

You have a university degree (diploma (Uni) / Master) in the field of computer Science, mathematics or physics. You also have expert knowledge of software and system engineering and a good background in cloud and database technologies. Familiarity with Python and a stack of relevant Python libraries.

Organizational unit

Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE)

Starting date


Contract duration

limited to 3 years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Mr. Chilingaryan, e-mail: suren.chilingaryan@kit.edu / phone: +49 721/608 26579 or Mr. Kopmann, e-mail: andreas.kopmann@kit.edu / phone: +49 721/608 24910.


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 25-2018-IPE.
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