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Advertising institute: INM-6 - Computational and Systems Neuroscience
Reference number: 2017-037

The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) at Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany, investigates the structure and function of the human brain on different spatial and temporal scales within the research program “Decoding the Human Brain”. The Supercomputing Centre is home of one of the most powerful machines and has a leading role in the European exascale strategy. Basic neuroscience connects the two research areas as it heavily relies on modeling and simulation, which are necessary to approach the brain’s immense complexity, manage the huge amount of resulting data, and develop reliable control techniques. Acquired knowledge allows for the translation of basic findings into clinical applications to better understand neurological and psychiatric disorders, to refine diagnostic processes, and to develop therapy strategies – crucial tasks we have to face in ageing societies. Additionally, the research lays foundations for novel computer architectures and their operation.
The subinstitute INM-6, Computational and Systems Neuroscience (, develops mathematical models of neuronal dynamics and function. Model-driven analyses of brain activity and structure as well as simulation of biologically realistic models form the core of our work. The INM-6 hosts the Coordination Site (BCOS) of the national Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. Among others, the INM-6/IIAS-6 is actively involved in the EU flagship project „Human Brain Project“ (HBP, and leads several tasks and workpackages in the subproject Theoretical Neuroscience, as well as in the Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High-Performance Analytics and Computing und Neuromorphic Computing Platforms. Together with its partners, INM-6 develops analysis tools and the leading simulation code (NEST) for brain scale networks with cellular resolution in an open source Approach
NEST has been under continuous development for 20 years and is serving a worldwide community.

We are looking to recruit a

Scientific Writer

Your Job:

  • Production and maintenance of the user-level documentation of NEST in English, in dialog with software developers and neuroscientists. Depending on the agreed upon working hours, the task extends to a second software tool (Elephant)
  • Production of short videos supporting the documentation
  • Production of scientific texts, especially in English, for the website of the subinstitute or reports in close collaboration with scientists and the heads of the INM-6
  • PR activities: Supporting the creation of PR material in English (e.g. flyer, brochures)
  • Communication with the internal communications division
  • Close collaboration with heads of the INM-6 and project partners, especially within the Human Brain Project
  • Regular organization of and attendance of project meetings and videoconferences together with or substituting the task or workpackage leader

Your Profile:

  • Completed study in natural sciences, ideally with PhD
  • Experience in neuroscience, physics, or computer science
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • Excellent competence in German and English, especially with regard to drafting technical and administrative texts
  • Proactive attitude
  • High ability to work in an interdisciplinary, international team
  • Skilled in text processing software (Latex, Word)
  • good knowledge of C++
  • Willingness to travel

  • Work experience abroad
  • Expertise in Computational Neuroscience
  • Professional experience in above-mentioned areas of responsibility

Our Offer:

  • Possibility, to apply for the desired level of working hours from 50% to a full position
  • Possibility to get actively involved in an innovative interdisciplinary project
  • Integration into a young, interdisciplinary, and international institute
  • Responsibility in world-class science environment at the interface between neuroscience and technology on the most complex known systems
  • High visibility through participation in an Open Source community project and work on key technologies of the European Human Brain Project
  • Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant's qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13 TVöD-Bund

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 on our career site until 10.04.2017, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact Human Resource Development
Kristin Lux
Tel.:+49 2461 61 9700