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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”.

Work­ing field:

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

Zuse Insti­tute Ber­lin (ZIB)
Tak­ustr. 7
14195 Ber­lin

or by email in pdf format to:

Our private policy state­ment regard­ing applic­a­tion data is avail­able at

For fur­ther inform­a­tion about the pos­i­tion, please refer to our web­site or con­tact Dr. Stefanie Winkel­mann (

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