WA 38/21

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For the coordination of the activities within the national center of excellence for high-performance computing (NHR) at the Zuse Institute, we are looking for a candidate as 

HPC / NHR Service Center Manager (m/w/d)
Referenz WA 38/21 
100% - TV-L Berlin E14 

as soon as possible, initially limited in time until 31.12.2025 with the option of a permanent appointment. 

The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) is an interdisciplinary research institute for applied mathematics and data- intensive high-performance computing. Its research focuses on modeling, simulation, and optimization with scientific cooperation partners from academia and industry. Since January 2021, the ZIB has been extending its scientific services by offering HPC consulting for scientists in Germany and international projects as part of the nationwide HPC initiative “NHR” (Nationales Hochleistungsrechnen – NHR). We operate compute and storage resources at a top level. Our HPC system “Lise”, with its 8 PFLOP/s peak performance, 120,000 CPU cores, 500 TB memory, and 8 PB persistent online storage, helps scientists to perform demanding simulation and data analysis workflows to solve complex scientific questions. An extension of the system with powerful GPU nodes is in preparation. 

Your responsibilities: 

  • Technical-organizational management of the NHR Research Service Unit and their representation in the NHR community. 
  • Further development of NHR services taking into account the evolving user requirements. 
  • Active participation in the procurement process of next-generation HPC systems including coordination of their integration into the local IT and cooling infrastructure, and the energy supply. 


  • Proven experience in the operation and procurement of HPC systems, 
  • Good knowledge of state-of-the-art parallel computer architectures (heterogeneous processor and storage systems, HPC interconnects), 
  • Good knowledge of modern concepts and tools for system-related software management (lifecycle management systems, orchestration systems) on Linux/Unix, 
  • Experience in personnel management, desirably several years of experience, 
  • Business fluent knowledge of the German and English language. 

We expect creativity, the ability to work in a team, flexibility and the willingness to travel, also outside Germany. 

Furthermore, we expect a high degree of professionalism with attention to detail and with commitment. 

We are offering a friendly working atmosphere with flexible work and meeting times, excellent equipment and a challenging professional environment 

as well as 

  • a future-oriented and responsible field of activity in a changing technical landscape, 
  • an environment which supports a job with responsibility, 
  • comprehensive training in a competent and cooperative team, 
  • an additional pension scheme (VBL), 
  • 30 days annual leave, flexible working hours (flexitime), 
  • a salary in accordance with TV-L (Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federal States) taking into account the relevant professional experience, 
  • an end-of-year bonus, 
  • discounted BVG (public transport) company ticket, 
  • and the use of canteens and sports programs of the Freie Universität Berlin at reduced rates. 

Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply. Since women are underrepresented in information technology, the ZIB is trying to increase the proportion of women in this research area. 

Applicants with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified. 

Please send your application, quoting the reference code WA 38/21, including a cover letter, a CV and further documents in pdf-format by August 31, 2021 (date of receipt) to: jobszib.de. 

Our private policy statement regarding application data is available at www.zib.de/impressum

For further information about the position, please refer to our websites www.zib.de and www.hlrn.de or contact Dr. Thomas Steinke (steinkezib.de). 

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

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