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Research Scientist in the field of data analysis

Advertising institute: JSC - Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Reference number: 2017-194

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) operates one of the most powerful supercomputing infrastructures in Europe and makes it available to researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich, in Germany and throughout Europe. The JSC’s “Federated Systems and Data” division develops software for data analysis, data management and access to distributed storage and computing systems. The “Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience” in the “High Performance Computing in Neuroscience” division of JSC provides community-specific support for neuroscientists with respect to complex simulations and data analyses on supercomputers, as well as their methods. Both divisions closely collaborate within the “Helmholtz Analytics Framework”.

We are looking to recruit a

Research Scientist in the field of data analysis

Your Job:

In many scientific disciplines, the analysis of large data sets plays a crucial role. As part of a team in JSC, you will be working interdisciplinary with scientists from other institutes of Forschungszentrum Jülich, as well as from other Helmholtz Centres, in the areas of Earth System Modelling, Structural Biology, Aerospace, Medical Imaging and Neuroscience. In particular, you will analyse, develop and optimize analysis methods and workflows applied in neuroimaging. On this basis, you will support research groups in sharing their methods and tools, and in deriving generic methods and tools.

Your Profile:

  • A university degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related subject
  • Profound knowledge and experience in algorithm development
  • Experience in software development and programming with languages such as Python, C++, R
  • Knowledge and experience with methods like multivariate statistics, error analysis, machine learning, inference approaches
  • Interest to collaborate closely with developers and users from academia and industry
  • Strong proactivity
  • Good command of spoken and written English and ideally German

Ideally, good knowledge of
  • Scripting languages common in the Unix environment (Bash)
  • Parallel programming (MPI, OpenMP)
  • Common programming tools and software distribution systems (e.g., Docker, Easybuild)
  • Analysis of large neuroimaging datasets as well as the relevant software packages (e.g., FSL, FreeSurfer, MRtrix)

Our Offer:

  • Excellent research and computing infrastructure of one of the largest research centres in Europe, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • A comprehensive further training programme, including English language courses
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 3 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • 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 on our career site, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact Human Resource Development and Recruiting
Judith Dresen
Tel.:+49 2461 61 9700


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