WA 71/18

The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) is a non-university research institute under public law of the state of Berlin. The divisions "Mathematical Optimization and Scientific Information" and "Mathematics for Life and Materials Sciences" are jointly offering a

Research Position (f/m)
(reference code: WA 71/18)
pay grade E 13 – TV-L Berlin (100%)

The position is offered starting on 2019-02-01 and will be a fixed-term contract for two years with the option to be extended.


In the frame of the Cluster of Excellence MATH+, continuous optimal control techniques for flight trajectory planning shall be combined with discrete graph-based path optimization methods for aircraft flight planning. Aims are both a theoretical understanding of their relationship in terms of existence and uniqueness results as well as approximation error estimates on one hand, and the development of efficient hybrid methods for path optimization.

We offer a challenging professional environment with excellent equipment and a friendly working atmosphere. In addition, Berlin offers a rich mathematical landscape, which is particularly interesting due to the excellence platform ECMath with the research center Matheon and the Berlin Mathematical School for junior researchers. We offer the possibility for further qualification and strong support for your top-level research with international visibility. We also support the participation in international and national conferences.


  • Master degree in mathematics or comparable subject
  • experience in several of the following areas: numerical analysis, optimal control, combinatorial optimization
  • good programming skills in C/C++ and Matlab/Octave
  • good command of spoken and written English

We expect communication and teamwork skills, creativity, as well as a high degree of independence and commitment.

The institute also offers a family-friendly working environment with flexible working and meeting times. Although the position is full-time, a part-time agreement is also possible

The candidature of women is encouraged. Since women are underrepresented in information technology, ZIB is trying to increase the proportion of women in this research area.

Persons with disabilities will be given preference, when equally qualified.

Please send your application, quoting the reference code WA 71/18, including CV in tabular form and all relevant documents by January 17th, 2019 (date of receipt) to

Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)
- Administration -
Takustr. 7
14195 Berlin

or electronically as pdf to: jobszib.de

The privacy statement concerning the hiring procedure can be found under www.zib.de/impressum.

Further information about the position can be obtained from www.zib.de as well as Prof. Dr. Ralf Borndörfer (borndoerferzib.de) and Dr. Martin Weiser (weiserzib.de).

Further job offering are available on www.zib.de.

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