WA 50/23

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

November 16th 2023 

The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) is a non-university research institute under public law of the state of Berlin. Within the research group “Mathematical Optimization Methods”, we are offering at the earliest possible date for the period of 15 months (with the option of extension) a 

research position (f/m/d)
(Praedoc) reference code: WA 50/23
pay grade: E 13 TV-L Berlin (100 %). 

Job description 

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. To this end, we collaborate with partners from academia and industry, with the other MODAL labs, and with developers of state-of-the-art mixed-integer programming software. 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. 

Within this framework, we are seeking to hire research assistants that are motivated to work towards a PhD degree at one of the Berlin universities. You will collaborate with your supervisors on solving open scientific and algorithmic questions at the frontier of computational optimization. 

Your profile 

  • Excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, computer science, or related disciplines, 
  • strong mathematical skills, 
  • background in one of the following areas is desired: nonlinear optimization, mixed-integer programming, global optimization, linear programming, 
  • good programming skills in one major programming language, 
  • good command of written and spoken English, 
  • creativity and a high degree of commitment to problem solving. 

We are offering 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, additionally free from work on December 24th and 31st, 
  • compatibility of work and family through flexible working hours, e.g. (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 allowance of up to €150 per month, alternatively a discounted BVG (public transport) ticket + difference amount, 
  • an end-of-year bonus 
  • and the use of canteens and sports programs of the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) at reduced rates. 

Due to our involvement in major regional cooperative projects, such as the Einstein Center for Mathematics (ECMath), the DFG Cluster of Excellence MATH+, the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) or the Berlin Big Data Center (BBDC), we have close ties to universities and research institutes in the region. 

Although the position is advertised full-time, a part-time agreement is also 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 preferred as long as equally qualified. 

Please send your application, quoting the reference code WA 50/23, including a cover letter, a CV in tabular form and all relevant documents and contact details of two references as one PDF file to jobszib.de by December 17th 2023 (date of receipt). 

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For further information about this vacancy, please refer to our website www.zib.de or contact Dr. Ksenia Bestuzheva (Bestuzhevazib.de). 


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