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Advertising division: INM-6 - Computational and Systems Neuroscience
Reference number: 2018-104

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The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, 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 department INM-6, Computational and Systems Neuroscience (https://www.csn.fz-juelich.de), 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 institute is also part of the Institute of Advanced Simulation (IAS-6, Theoretical Neuroscience) and hosts the Coordination Site (BCOS) of the national Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. Among others, the INM-6/IAS-6 is actively involved in the EU flagship project „Human Brain Project“ (HBP, https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/). 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.

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2018-104 System Administrator

Your Job:

  • direct support of scientists in all problems concerning hard- and software
  • support of division’s databases and online tools of support of user account management
  • purchasing, set-up and management of UNIX, Linux and Windows systems and software
  • purchasing, set-up and management of communication systems and media control systems
  • preparation, set-up and operation of temporary IT infrastructure during workshops and meetings
  • documentation of processes and management of licenses and contracts
  • development and realization of concepts of safe and fast exchange of data within the division and with partners, e.g. in branch offices
  • development of a concept to harmonize user profiles for different software systems of the department
  • further development of division’s video conference solutions and their maintenance
  • compilation of requirement analyses together with users
  • guidance for users with regard to the realization of IT solutions for scientific problems
  • development of software solutions to harmonize different user interfaces with our branch offices in Freiburg and our cooperation partner in Marseille
  • elaboration, development, implementation and testing of mechanisms of quality assurance for the exchange of data sets
  • compilation of respective program and user documentation
  • briefing of end users
  • support of technical collaboration with Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
  • coordination of utilization of institute's High Performance Computing (HPC) resources
  • coordination of grant writing for computing time on supercomputers
  • participation in planning of institute’s storage and computing capacities


Your Profile:

  • completed study of informatics, mathematics or physics
  • substantial expertise in C, C++ and Python
  • substantial knowledge of UNIX, Mac OS, and Windows
  • experience with administration of HPC clusters, file, web and print servers as well as with parallel computing
  • ability and willingness to work independently and proactively
  • confident appearance and ability to work cooperatively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • structured and systematic working style
  • fluent in English (spoken and written)


Our Offer:

  • international, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • integration into an interdisciplinary and international institute
  • a comprehensive further training Programme
  • flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • 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 EG 10 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.