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Advertising division: INM-1 - Structural and Functional Organisation of the Brain
Reference number: 2020-402

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The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine addresses the organization of the human brain at its various spatial and temporal scales. The subinstitute "Structural and Functional Organization of the Brain" (INM-1) is developing a high-resolution 3D model of the human brain that takes into account cytoarchitecture, connectivity, molecular organization, as well as genetic and functional measurements. To cope with the tremendous complexity of the brain and make neuroscientific data publicly accessible, the "Big Data Analytics" department develops Machine Learning algorithms and software components to analyze extremely large amounts of image data on High Performance Computing systems, and deliver them to users through cloud-based infrastructures. We are an important partner in the European Commission`s Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship Project "Human Brain Project (HBP)", which aims to provide an innovative, web-accessible research infrastructure for the neurosciences (EBRAINS), and works closely with neuroscientists, data analysts, software architects, and high performance computing experts in different research institutions in Europe. We are also part of Helmholtz AI, a recently established national platform for Artificial Intelligence of the Helmholtz.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated

Software Community Manager

Your Job:

  • Build up the international user community of our software services for working with the fascinating brain atlases developed by the Human Brain Project
  • Maintain a daily, active presence with the user community through different online community services and distribution of the EBRAINS brain atlas services
  • Develop of a close relationship with the community, and be a guiding force for community discussions and activities
  • Manage interactions with our growing number of international academic and industrial stakeholders
  • Plan, organize and run international training workshops and tutorials
  • Optimize our communication and support processes
  • Create exciting and intuitive presentation and training materials including videos slides, news stories and online documentation / knowledge base
  • Optimize our online learning and information resources
  • Support our software developers to create user documentation
  • Identify, track, and report on key metrics for user engagement

Your Profile:

  • University degree (Master) in IT management, public relations management, science or corporate communication or related fields
  • Experience or knowledge of IT in a scientific environment is desirable
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • Solid experience in creating and publishing learning resources (images, videos, MOOCs, online documentation)
  • Passion to actively engage in recent online community tools
  • Real interest, ideally professional experience in neuroscience
  • Interest to dig into an existing web-based software environment in depth, and to interact with the software developers

Our Offer:

  • Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus with excellent infrastructure, located between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • A challenging and varied activity in an interdisciplinary, international research environment
  • The opportunity to work with cutting edge technical equipment and infrastructure, innovative software technologies, and fascinating neuroscience data
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private 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)


Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.