IWA 41/21

Are you looking for a new professional challenge? Then this is the place to be! Become part of our international team! 

July 29, 2021 

The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) is a non-university research institute under the public law of the state of Berlin. Within the research group “Mathematical Optimization Methods” of the department “AI in Society, Science, and Technology (AIS2T)” we are offering a 

Research Position – PostDoc (f/m/d)
Reference Code: IWA 41/21
Pay Grade: E14 TV-L Berlin (100%). 

Starting January 1, 2022, this vacancy offered is a fixed-term contract until December 31, 2022. 


The goal of the BMBF-funded research laboratory MODAL SynLab (see http://www.zib.de/projects/modal-synlab) is the development and implementation of mathematical optimization algorithms for general problem classes, predominantly mixed-integer linear and nonlinear programs, and complex combinatorial structures that are motivated by real-world applications. In conjunction with our own development of the SCIP Optimization Suite our group holds a high level of expertise in computational mathematical research and you can benefit from our modern software development environment and our team-oriented approach to research. 

Job description 

Within this framework, you will be able to define your own research agenda and work closely with PhD students in the group towards the defined goals. 


  • Excellent PhD degree in mathematics, computer science, or related disciplines 
  • Strong background in high dimensional optimization, first-order methods as well as in acceleration methods and their applications to problems that go beyond standard assumptions. Such as: Relaxations of smoothness, Riemannian optimization, other relaxations of convexity. 
  • Strong background in Bandit algorithms 
  • Knowledge of discrete optimization and computational mixed-integer programming 
  • Good programming skills, ideally C, C++, or related languages 
  • Good command of written and spoken English and German 
  • Applicants are expected to be highly motivated, self-reliant and team-oriented 

We expect excellent communication skills and a high level of independence and commitment, as well as the competence and willingness to write scientific publications on an international level. 

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

as well as 

  • a varied, future-oriented and demanding field of activity, 
  • 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) ticket as part of the capital city allowance, 
  • and the use of canteens and sports programs of the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) 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 IWA 41/21, including a cover letter, a CV and further documents in pdf-format by August 6, 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 this vacancy, please refer to our website www.zib.de or contact Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pokutta (pokuttazib.de). 


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

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