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We are continuously looking for excellent young researchers on the postdoctoral, PhD, and earlier level of their carreer to join our endeavor.

In addition we are currently looking for:

We are looking to recruit a Coordinator Software Development

The department 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. 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 world-wide community. The INM-6 hosts also the Coordination Site (BCOS) of the national Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. The development of corresponding simulation technologies and analysis tools is a major component of our research. The advertised position has a key role in this endeavor.

Your Job:

  • Coordinating the roadmap and releases of NEST, the neural simulation tool
  • Regular preparation of and participation in coordination meetings and video conferences together with or as substitute for the institute directors
  • Direct support of scientists and PhD students with respect to software development
  • Composing research grants and project reports in the field of simulation technology as well as proposals for computing time
  • Representing the simulation software at international meetings and conferences
  • Participation in the advancement of programs for the analysis of massively parallel neuronal data
  • Substituting for the coordinator scientific computing

Your Profile:

  • University degree in the field of computer science, mathematics or physics
  • Substantial expertise in C, C++ and Python, parallel and distributed computing
  • Substantial experience in developing complex software
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and on one’s own responsibility
  • Experience in leading project teams
  • Ability and willingness to compose project reports
  • Expertise in project management and quality assurance
  • Beneficial: basic knowledge of neuroscience concepts, especially in neuronal dynamics
  • Confident appearance and ability to work cooperatively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Willingness to travel
  • Structured and systematic working style
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written), beneficial: fluent in German

Our Offer:

  • A creative team with an international perspective
  • Access to world-leading supercomputers and neuromorphic hardware
  • Possibility to co-determine shape design decisions in a complex software project
  • close collaboration with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and its exascale strategy, especially with the Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience
  • high visibility through participation in and substitution for institute directors at international project meetings, e.g. for the Human Brain Project
  • Participation in publications in state-of-the-art research in simulation technology
  • Job in world class science environment at the interface between neuroscience and technology on the most complex known systems
  • international, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • 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).

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system until 14.03.2016, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact Human Resource Development
Kristin Urbach
Tel.:02461 61-9700

  • PhD student position

We have an open PhD student position in our collaborative project entitled “From spike trains to whole-brain dynamics – Bottom-up and top-down processing during active vision” to fill. This project addresses the question how visual input is processed in extremely short time cycles of fixations and saccades through interaction of various cortical areas. MEG recordings from human subjects performing free viewing tasks will allow for the simultaneous observation of neuronal activities from different cortical areas during active vision. Analysis of subjects’ performance and brain activity on these visual tasks enables us to study the information flow through various cortical areas, and to identify top-down components interacting with bottom-up processes.

What we expect from you:
• We seek for a highly motivated candidate with curiosity and persistence
• A preferable candidate will have background and strong Master degree in physics, neuroscience, electrophysiology, biology, computer science or a closely related field of natural science, preferably in the field of MEG/EEG biophysics, data acquisition and analysis, biostatistics, MEG/EEG biophysics or signal processing
• Obligatory: excellent educational records in the related field, good programming and data processing skills, time series analysis and M/EEG source estimation
• Substantial expertise in scientific programming (preferable languages: Python, C, C++ ) and substantial knowledge of Linux and Windows
• Strong motivation to carry out neuroimaging studies utilizing MEG and to perform source and connectivity analysis
• Beneficial: basic knowledge of neuroscience concepts
• 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); beneficial: knowledge of German

The candidate will primarily be based at the Jülich Research Center.

What we offer:
We offer a position in a creative and international team, themes ranging from computational neuroscience, simulation technology and multimodal imaging, see and The Jülich Research Center is one of the largest research centers in Germany, with excellent scientific equipment, located on a green campus, and near the cultural centers Köln, Düsseldorf, and Aachen.

The PhD position is available for 3 years.

Applications, including a letter clearly motivating your application, CV, publication list, copies of university certificates, and one reference letter should be sent as a single PDF email attachment (max. 10MB) mentioning the internal reference code CSC-GID latest until May 31st , 2016, to should be sent to: Dr. Martina Reske ( – Scientific Coordinator.

Project leaders will be:
Prof. Dr. Sonja Grün (INM-6/IAS-6), Dr. Junji Ito (INM-6/IAS-6), Dr. Jürgen Dammers (INM-4)
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6, INM-4), Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS-6), Jülich Research Center and JARA52425 Jülich, Germany,