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Graduate researcher (f/m)

Advertising institute: JSC - Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Reference number: 2014-120

JARA, the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, is an innovative model of collaboration between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The alliance brings together an internationally renowned technical university with a leading European research centre (www.jara.org). The scientists of the section JARA-HPC combine know-how in High Performance Computing (HPC) with domain-specific research competence. Through the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) they have access to supercomputers of the worldwide highest performance class. On the basis of own scientific research, several “Simulation Labs” at the JSC provide community-oriented support in the area of complex simulations on supercomputers and the relevant methods.

We are looking to recruit a

Graduate researcher (f/m)

Your Job:

The successful candidate will be member of the Simulation Lab Neuroscience, which is funded by JARA-HPC and by the Helmholtz Association in the framework of the Helmholtz Portfolio Theme „Supercomputing and Modeling for the Human Brain“. As the „Bernstein Facility for Simulation and Database Technology“ the new lab contributes its expertise in simulation and database technology to the National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience (www.nncn.de).
Your work will be dedicated to the solution of fundamental questions in neuroscience through the use of the most advanced high performance computers, and will include one or more of the following activities:

  • Developing models of neural plasticity in the healthy and diseased brain
  • Developing self-organizing, large-scale neuronal network models of the human brain
  • Application of these models in high performance computing simulations of lesions in the visual and motor system
  • Models of multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Interdisciplinary work at the interface of Computer Science, Biology and Medicine.

Your Profile:

  • Diploma or Master degree in Computational Neuroscience, Theoretical Biology, Physics or Informatics with a specialization in Biology
  • Ideally, profound background in modelling neuronal networks as well as good programming skills in Python, Matlab or C++
  • Experience in modelling with NEST would be a plus
  • Ability to work independently in a team of researchers with heterogeneous backgrounds
  • Strong communication skills in English are a necessity

Our Offer:

  • A diverse range of activities in an interdisciplinary, international research group and a friendly work Environment
  • Excellent research and computing infrastructure of an internationally recognised technical university and one of the largest research centres in Europe
  • Possibility of working towards a doctorate
  • Employment initially limited to 2 years but with possible longer-term perspective
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).


Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particulary welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact P-E
Henning Eggert
Tel.:02461 61-9700


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