Zuse Institute Berlin - Mathematik und Informatik
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.
Research Position (m/f/d)
Reference Code: WA 62/20
Pay Grade: E13 TV-L Berlin (75%)
Fixed-term contract from February 1st, 2021 for 36 months
We are looking for candidates within the research group “Computational Systems Biology“ and the department “Modeling and Simulation of Complex Processes“ to work on the excellence cluster MATH+ project “Concentration Effects and Collective Variables in Agent-Based Systems”.
Agent-based models (ABMs) are often high-dimensional and complex, making simulations costly and formal analysis hard. Low-dimensional model reduction is hence of great interest. The systems often showcase favorable properties, such that the complex overall behavior of the individual agents can be approximated by the stochastic evolution of a small number of macroscopic collective variables describing the effective dynamics of the system. Moreover, if the number of agents is large, one can observe a concentration of measure in the sense that the collective variables follow an almost deterministic and smooth evolution.
The goals of the project are to
mathematically formalize and characterize the above model reduction
develop a computational machinery for finding collective variables and their effective evolution for complex systems
understand collective social behavior on an abstract and applied level
publish the results in peer-reviewed journals and present them at international conferences.
You will work in an interdisciplinary environment in cooperation with scientists from the Freie Universiät Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). A combination of the project work with a doctorate at the Freie Universität Berlin is intended.
Excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or related disciplines
Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following fields: probability theory, stochastic
processes, numerical mathematics
Advanced programming skills, ideally in Matlab, Python, Julia, C, C++, or similar languages
Theoretical and practical experience in the analysis of multiscale systems or in agent-based
modeling is of advantage
Good command of written and spoken English
Creativity, high commitment and independence in dealing with research questions and problems
What we offer:
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 responsible field of activity
comprehensive training in a competent and cooperative team
an additional pension scheme (VBL)
30 days annual leave, flexible working hours (flexitime)
payment in accordance with TV-L (Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federal
States), taking into account the relevant professional experience and annual special payment
the use of canteens and sports programs of the Freie Universität Berlin at reduced rates.
How to apply:
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 62/20, including cover letter containing a statement of your research interests, CV with a list of publications, academic transcripts, and contact details of two references, by December 1st, 2020 (date of receipt) to