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Guest Student Programme on Scientific Computing

from 6 August to 12 October 2018

In order to give students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with various aspects of scientific computing as early as possible, the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) is once again organizing a programme for guest students in the 2018 summer vacation. The programme is supported by CECAM - Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire. It targets students of science and engineering, computer science and mathematics who have already completed their first degree but have not yet finished their master's course.

The programme will run for ten weeks from 6 August to 12 October 2018. The students will be able to use the supercomputers at JSC, including the new JURECA installation. They should naturally be familiar with computer-oriented areas of their subjects.

The programme will be held in English. Applications should be submitted in English or German and can be submitted online through 1 April 2018.

Further information can be found below.

Guest Student Programme 2017 Photo2017 Guest Students and their supervisors at JSC
Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich


"A very challenging experience, shaped my future plans for research" (Ricardo Kennedy, London)

"Profitable programme with interesting people -- would definitely apply again" (Stefan Maintz, Aachen)

"Experienced modern-research first-hand, during this most productive and worthwhile summer of my life" (Stilianos Louca, Jena)

"Sehr lehrreiches, interessantes Programm und eine schöne Zeit, an die ich mich gerne erinnere" (Christoph Honisch, Münster)

Our Programme

This programme targets students of science and engineering, informatics and mathematics who have already completed their first degree but have not yet finished their master’s course. The students will work together with scientists from JSC on topics of current interest in research and development. Depending on their previous experience and interests, they will be involved in various fields of work, for example:

  • Computational Science, Applied Mathematics

    • Modelling and simulation in physics, chemistry and biophysics
    • Techniques of parallel MD simulations
    • Modelling, simulation and data analysis in neuroscience
    • Parallel computational procedures in quantum chemistry and structural mechanics
    • Performance evaluation of parallel algorithms in linear algebra
    • Mathematical modelling, statistics and data mining
  • Computer Architectures, Distributed Computing

    • Distributed computing, uniform and secure access to IT resources
    • Cluster operating systems & network management
    • High-speed data networks & data management
  • High-Performance Computing, Visualization

    • Performance analysis and optimization of parallel programs
    • Programming of hierarchical parallel computer systems
    • Distributed applications, interactive control and visualizations
    • Data management
    • Virtual reality techniques for visualizing scientific data

The students should naturally be familiar with computer-oriented areas of their subjects. In addition, they should also have practical computer experience including a good knowledge of programming with C, C++ or Fortran on Linux systems.

Programme Schedule

The programme starts with an introductory course concerning the techniques of parallel computing and use of the Jülich supercomputers. The course consists of lectures and practical exercises. Each student will then be assigned to a supervisor, who is a member of staff. The students work on a topic of the supervisor’s active field of research. In a colloquium at the end of the programme, the students will give presentations on their work and discuss their results with other students and scientists. They will also prepare a final report on their work. Information on the topics and results of previous guest student programmes can be found on the website
given below. Information on the topics and results of previous guest student programmes can be found in our archive.

Compensation & Accommodation

The students will receive an expense allowance and are supposed to reside in Jülich for the entire duration of the programme. On request, Forschungszentrum Jülich will provide assistance in finding accommodation. Participants will be expected to fund their own travel and accomodation.

Further Information

Ivo Kabadshow
Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Institute for Advanced Simulation
Forschungszentrum Jülich
52425 Jülich (Germany)
Tel.: +49 2461 61 8714
Fax: +49 2461 61 6656









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