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PhD Position - Lattice field theory


The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) operates one of the most powerful supercomputing Infrastructures in Europe, making it available to researchers at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), in Germany, and throughout Europe. Within the division "HPC for Quantum Systems", the Simulation and Data Laboratory (SDL) Numerical Quantum Field Theory aims to understand the properties of strongly interacting/correlated matter, with scientific objectives range from the study of nucleon properties to strongly correlated electronic systems, such as carbon nanostructures. To study these systems, the SDL develops algorithms and implementations for various high-performance computing (HPC) systems. Within the project B6 of the recently granted Collaborative Research Centre "NuMeriQS" of Bonn University, the Max-Planck-Institut for Kohlenforschung, and FZJ, e.g. Institute of Advanced Simulation – Theory of the Strong Interactions (IAS-4), we are offering a PhD position with a focus on the development of numerical methods for these simulations.

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Your Job:

You will be

  • performing simulations of lattice quantum field theory,
  • developing methods, tools and simulation software,
  • analyzing, publishing and presenting the results,
  • while collaborating within the scientists at JSC, Bonn University, and within the CRC "NuMeriQS"

You will obtain your PhD from Bonn University.

Your Profile:

  • Completed Master`s degree in physics (or related fields)
  • Ideally knowledge of lattice quantum field theory
  • Experience with programming languages, in particular C/C++/Python
  • Experience with Linux and high-performance computing
  • Willingness to contribute with talks to international conferences
  • Willingness to participate in courses and tutorials
  • Good command of English, knowledge of German is not a prerequisite (language courses are offered)
  • Structured and systematic working style and ability to work cooperatively in international teams

Our Offer:

We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • Access to and discretionary resources on the latest HPC Systems, such as the upcoming exascale system "JUPITER"
  • Opportunity for a fully funded extended international research stay
  • Professional development and networking opportunities specifically designed for Jülich’s PhD students by the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers
  • Access to support structures at Bonn University, such as the Bonn Graduate Center
  • The opportunity to participate in international conferences and workshops
  • Access to a comprehensive training programme including language courses
  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. remote work
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer:

The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years. The salary is in line with pay group 13 (75%) of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund). In addition, an annual special payment is granted (“Christmas payment”), which amounts to 60 % of the monthly salary. Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich (including its various branch offices) is available at

We particularly welcome applications from people from a diverse range of backgrounds (e.g. regardless of age, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation/identity, as well as social, ethnic, and religious background). We strive to offer a diverse and inclusive working environment in which people enjoy equal opportunities and are able to fulfill their potential.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 22.01.2024