WA 21/23

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The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) is a non-university research institute under the public law of the state of Berlin. We conduct research and development in applied mathematics and practical computer science, as well as analysis and processing of complex data in conjunction with high-performance computing. Within the department “Applied Algorithmic Intelligence Methods”(A2IM) we are offering a 

Research Position (f/m/d)
Reference Code: WA 21/23
Pay Grade: E13 TV-L Berlin (100%). 

This vacancy needs to be filled at the earliest possible date - preferably 01.07.2023 and is a fixed-term contract (due to end of project) until 31.03.2025. 

Job description 

You are working on the holistic, long-term and multi-objective optimization of multi-energy systems as part of a cooperation between the Cluster of Excellence MATH+ funded by DFG and the Research Campus MODAL funded by the BMBF. The application example is the optimization of the Berlin district heating network from fossil-free generation portfolio investment planning to operational planning. Not only economic but also ecological objectives are taken into account. 

The research task focuses on the development of efficient algorithms to solve the mixed-integer large-scale and highly complex problems. For this purpose, you will combine methods of multi-objective optimization and decomposition strategies. The project builds on a hierarchical multi-objective optimization framework from a previous project. 


  • an excellent master's degree or PhD in mathematics, computer science or related disciplines, 
  • profound knowledge in Algorithmic Discrete Mathematics, especially for the optimization of difficult problems, 
  • profound programming knowledge in at least one programming language preferably C/C++, 
  • good knowledge of written and spoken English, knowledge of German is an advantage. 

Additionally, you are experienced in the use of optimization software, able to work cooperatively and 

communicatively with partners from the joint project. 

Experience in mathematical modeling of problems in the energy industry is an advantage. We expect excellent communication and teamwork skills, a high level of independence and commitment as well as the competence and willingness to write scientific publications on an international level. 

We offer 

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

as well as 

  • comprehensive training in a competent and cooperative team, 
  • an additional pension scheme (VBL), 
  • 30 days annual leave, flexible working hours (flextime), 
  • 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, 
  • the use of canteens and sports programs of the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) at reduced rates. 

Although this position advertised is full-time, a part-time agreement is possible. 

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 21/23, including a cover letter, your CV and the standard supporting documents, by July 23rd 2023 (date of receipt) as one PDF file to jobszib.de. 

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For further information about this vacancy, please refer to our website www.zib.de or contact Dr. Janina Zittel (zittelzib.de). 


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