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Senior scientific developer in computational neuroscience

Advertising institute: JSC - Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Reference number: 2018-062

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 “SimLab 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. As part of its in-house research and development activities, the SimLab Neuroscience develops software for brain-scale simulations of neuronal networks at scales ranging from morphologically-detailed spiking neurons to population dynamics. Started as a collaboration between the JSC and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) and continued with funding from the Human Brain Project (HBP), the SimLab is developing a new high-resolution, high-performance neuronal network simulator and library (“Arbor”, ) for the next generation of supercomputing systems. Arbor targets morphologically detailed neuronal network simulations on a variety of HPC resources. It is developed as an open-source code under a fully open development model from a fresh C++11/14 code-base, using new scaling techniques and libraries. Our distributed team shares in support for DevOps/front-end development, research collaborations in neuroscience, back-end development for HPC accelerators, and methods in numerical analysis such as stochastic ODEs and dynamic introspection of ODEs/DAEs.

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Senior scientific developer in computational neuroscience

Your Job:

  • As a member of the SimLab Neuroscience at JSC, you will be working in an interdisciplinary environment with mathematicians, computer scientists and computational as well as experimental neuroscientists from institutions across the world
  • You will be involved with us in driving mathematical methodological development, neuroscientific application and community support
  • Your focus will be on mathematical methodological development and community support
  • You will present at scientific conferences and publish the results as open source software; your results will include support for research groups in model & network development and HPC deployment

Your Profile:

  • A university degree in mathematics, physics, computer science, computational neuroscience, or a related subject
  • Profound knowledge of software development processes and programming in the context of numerical analysis
  • A desire to collaborate closely with developers and users from academia at the interface between neuroscience & HPC
  • Interest in dynamic neuroscientific problems at system, network or neuronal morphology scales.
  • Strong proactivity and curiosity

In addition, the following would be a plus:
  • Expertise in C++11/14 and binding to Python
  • Expertise in methods for numerical analysis (Solvers/integration for DEs including iterative methods)
  • Experience with HPC accelerator backends such as GPU/AVX512/FPGA
  • Experience in large-scale parallelization (MPI/TBB/HPX), ideally at supercomputing scales
  • Commitment to validation/verification/benchmarking and continuous integration in software development

Our Offer:

  • The opportunity to become part of a challenging large-scale, multidisciplinary European Research Infrastructure project with more than 100 partners in over 20 countries
  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • A comprehensive further training programme, including English and German language courses
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 2 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 particularly 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