PhD position in the field of informatics, computer sciences, software engineering

As a member of the Helmholtz Association, Forschungszentrum Jülich makes an effective contribution to solving major challenges facing society in the fields of information, energy, and bioeconomy. It focuses on varied tasks in the area of research management and utilizes large, often unique, scientific infrastructure. Come and work with around 6,100 colleagues across a range of topics and disciplines at one of Europe's largest research centres.

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We are offering a

PhD position in the field of informatics, computer sciences, software engineering

Activities and responsibilities

  • You will develop a next generation software infrastructure for heterogeneous, massively parallel supercomputer hardware of the Jülich Supercomputer Centre (JSC) based on existing parallel scientific software (
  • Research involves the application of advanced parallel profiling and tracing technologies and new programming paradigms for GPU accelerators.
  • The project is performed in collaboration with research groups at JSC, the Colorado School of Mines and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA.
  • The position offers the unique possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team with state-of-the-art supercomputer technologies.

Qualification profile

  • university degree (Master) in computer science or related fields
  • documented experience in parallel programming with C/C++, Fortran and/or Python in the realm of supercomputer environments
  • experience in GPU programming is an advantage
  • ability to cooperate in an interdisciplinary and international team
  • very good communication and organization skills
  • very good English language skills


  • international, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Aachen
  • working in an institute of one of the largest research institutions in Europe
  • use of excellent scientific and technical infrastructure
  • a comprehensive scientific training program
  • participation in international workshops and conferences
  • flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • salary in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)
  • usually a contract for the duration of 3 years
Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particulary welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Send application to

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably via our online recruitment system on our career site until 28.04.2019, quoting the reference number 2019D-122.

Questions about the vacancy?
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number 2019D-122: career@fz-jü
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Das Forschungszentrum Jülich leistet als Mitglied der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft wirksame Beiträge zur Lösung großer gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen in den Bereichen Information, Energie und Bioökonomie. Es bearbeitet vielfältige Aufgaben im Forschungsmanagement und nutzt große, oft einzigartige wissenschaftliche Infrastrukturen. Arbeiten Sie zusammen mit rund 5.900 Kolleginnen und Kollegen...

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