Scope of the guest student programme

Each summer JSC hosts a guest student programme, supported by the Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM) and IBM. Within the programme, students with a major in natural sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics will get the opportunity to familiarize themselves with different aspects of scientific computing. Together with local scientists, they will work on a variety of current topics in research and development. Depending on the participants’ previous knowledge and interests, their assignment can be chosen from different areas, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, neuroscience, software development tools, visualization, distributed computing, operating systems, and communication. Special emphasis is placed on the use of supercomputers.

Participants are expected to have knowledge and experience in the computer-oriented branches of their subjects. They should already have completed their bachelor’s degree but not yet finished a master’s course. Additionally, a letter of recommendation from a university lecturer or professor is required for application.

The programme lasts 10 weeks between August and October each year and has taken place since 2000. Since the first programme in 2000, a total of 234 students have seized the opportunity to join research teams from JSC and other institutes on the Forschungszentrum Jülich campus for ten weeks each summer. Working on challenging topical scientific projects, they gained experience with upto-date hardware and software as well as HPC-related methods and algorithms. For many students, the programme has been the foundation for a career in HPC and the basis for fruitful continuing cooperations.


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.

Due to the Corona pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 programme ran remotely, also with an expense allowance.

Further Information

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

Last Modified: 06.03.2022