WA 38/18

The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) is a non-university research institute under public law of the state of Berlin. Together with its partners from academia and industry, ZIB contributes to the solution of highly complex problems in science, technology, environment and society by developing mathematical models and efficient algorithms. The department of Mathematical Optimization, is offering a position within the research group Energy Network Optimization:

research position (100 %)
reference Code: WA 38/18
pay grade E13 TV-L Berlin


The position is offered at the earliest possible date until September 30 , 2019.

Work description:

The Zuse Institute Berlin works in cooperation with other scientific research institutes as well as industrial partners on solutions of planning problems beyond the frontier of current feasibility. This position is part of the GasLab of Research Campus MODAL. In four mathematical labs, academia and industry join forces to work on data driven modelling, simulation, and optimization of complex real-world processes from transportation, energy, medicine, and the development of general solver technology.

In this position you will be part of the GasLab team that develops an automated decision support system for everyday operations of the German gas pipeline network. Together with researchers in the team you will work on complex data analysis including descriptive analytics (data mining, statistical analysis) and predictive analytics (building high quality forecasting models, including machine learning). The group has access to the latest technology in hard- and software, including compute clusters, dedicated highperformance GPU servers, and if necessary super-computers. We expect you to make use of it.

In this position you have the opportunity to pursue a PhD project and publish your scientific results. You are expected to attend national and international scientific conferences. Possibilities for research exchanges with other world-class institutions are given.

We offer a friendly work atmosphere, excellent equipment and an ambitious professional environment. Embedded in the rich mathematical research landscape of Berlin, ZIB offers career perspectives on every stage of your scientific career, including further qualification options and a strong support of research on award winning standards with high international visibility. Our team offers an attractive initial training process to train new team members in the knowledge and skills, you need for the success in our institute and your career. We offer a family friendly work environment including flexible working hours and meeting times. Although this position is offered full-time, a part-time position is also possible.



  • excellent master or diploma in mathematics, computer science, or related disciplines
  • a strong background in at least one of the following areas: machine learning including DNN, applied mathematics, data analysis
  • good basic understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms as Artificial Neural Networks, SVM, Decision Forests, etc.
  • good applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc.
  • good scripting and programming skills in at least one language (preferably Python, C/C++, ADA) and proficient knowledge of state-of-the-art statistical tools packages (R, Matlab, etc.)
  • good command of written and spoken English, proficient German skills are of advantage
  • applicants are expected to be highly motivated, self-reliant, team-oriented

We particularly welcome the application of women, since women are generally underrepresented in information technology, mathematics and physics and ZIB strives to increase their proportion in this research area.

Persons with disabilities will be given preference when equally qualified.

Please send your application, quoting the reference code WA 38/18 including

  • a letter of motivation (max. one page)
  • a CV including a description of previous research/thesis
  • a list of publications
  • certificates
  • contact of one or two references

Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)
– Administration –
Takustraße 7
14195 Berlin

or via e-mail to jobszib.de. Closing date for applications is October, 28 , 2018 as date of receipt.

You find our private policy on our website at http://www.zib.de/impressum.

For further information about the position please see our website www.zib.de or contact Dr. Janina Zittel (zittelzib.de) or Dr. Milena Petkovic (petkoviczib.de).

For further job offers please visit our website at www.zib.de.

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