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Zuse Insti­tute Ber­lin - Mathe­ma­tik und Infor­ma­tik

Das Zuse Insti­tute Ber­lin (ZIB) ist eine außer­uni­ver­si­täre und inter­dis­zi­pli­näre For­schungs­ein­rich­tung des Lan­des Ber­lin für ange­wandte Mathe­ma­tik und Infor­ma­tik. For­schungs­schwer­punkte des ZIB lie­gen bei Hoch­leis­tungs­rech­nen, Model­lie­rung, Simu­la­tion und Opti­mie­rung von Pro­blem­stel­lun­gen sei­ner Part­nern aus For­schung, Wis­sen­schaft und Indus­trie.

research pos­i­tion (f/m)
ref­er­ence code: WA 47/18
pay grade E 13 TV-L Ber­lin (75%)

The Zuse Insti­tute Ber­lin (ZIB) is a non-uni­versity research insti­tute under pub­lic law of the state of Ber­lin. The depart­ment Visual Data Ana­lysis is offer­ing a research pos­i­tion (f/m). The pos­i­tion is offered start­ing at the earli­est pos­sible date and will be a fixed-term con­tract for 2 years with the option to be exten­ded.

Work­ing field:

The task is to develop meth­ods of data visu­al­iz­a­tion for the iden­ti­fic­a­tion and visu­al­iz­a­tion of spa­ti­otem­poral struc­tures, to achieve a bet­ter under­stand­ing of multiscale phe­nom­ena that occur dur­ing the form­a­tion of cyc­lones. This includes in par­tic­u­lar the devel­op­ment, imple­ment­a­tion and test­ing of inter­act­ive meth­ods

  • for defin­ing (form­ally and with visual sup­port) spa­ti­otem­poral struc­tures,
  • for extract­ing such struc­tures from large spa­ti­otem­poral data,
  • for com­par­ing mul­tiple time-depend­ent fields – quant­it­at­ively and struc­ture-based

and the use of these meth­ods to com­pare data from asymp­totic ana­lysis, high-res­ol­u­tion sim­u­la­tions, and met­eor­o­lo­gical obser­va­tions.

The work is part of the DFG Col­lab­or­at­ive Research Cen­ter 1114 "Scal­ing Cas­cades in Com­plex Sys­tems", which has been estab­lished at the Free Uni­versity of Ber­lin and aims to invest­ig­ate multiscale phe­nom­ena. Sub­pro­ject C06 "Multiscale struc­ture of atmo­spheric vor­tices" seeks to model the com­plex multiscale pro­cesses involved in the devel­op­ment of trop­ical storms, hur­ricanes and strong mid-lat­it­ude cyc­lones. For this pur­pose, the pro­cess inter­ac­tions are modeled math­em­at­ic­ally via the par­tially determ­in­istic and partly chaotic or ran­dom cas­cades of scales. This research shall be sup­por­ted by meth­ods of data visu­al­iz­a­tion.


  • mas­ter's degree or sim­ilar in com­puter sci­ence, math­em­at­ics, or phys­ics
  • very good know­ledge and exper­i­ence in com­puter graph­ics or data visu­al­iz­a­tion
  • very good know­ledge and skills in soft­ware devel­op­ment (C++, Python)
  • will­ing­ness and abil­ity to ana­lyze and pro­duce sci­entific pub­lic­a­tions
  • good com­mand of spoken and writ­ten Eng­lish.

What we of­fer:

We expect cooper­at­ive work within the Col­lab­or­at­ive Research Cen­ter, com­mu­nic­a­tion and team skills, com­bined with a high degree of com­mit­ment. The oppor­tun­ity for an intens­ive train­ing is given. Sci­entific pub­lic­a­tions on the highest inter­na­tional level are our goal. A doc­tor­ate in data visu­al­iz­a­tion or visual ana­lyt­ics should be strived for.

How to ap­ply:

The can­did­ature of women is encour­aged. Since women are under­rep­res­en­ted in inform­a­tion tech­no­logy, ZIB is try­ing to increase the pro­por­tion of women in this research area.

Per­sons with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be given pref­er­ence, when equally qual­i­fied.

Please send your applic­a­tion, quot­ing the ref­er­ence code WA 47/18, includ­ing CV in tab­u­lar form and all rel­ev­ant doc­u­ments by Septem­ber 30st, 2018 (date of receipt) to

Zuse Insti­tute Ber­lin (ZIB)
Tak­ustr. 7
14195 Ber­lin

or elec­tron­ic­ally as pdf-form to:

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Fur­ther inform­a­tion about the pos­i­tion can be obtained on our web­site or from Hans-Chris­tian Hege (E-mail:

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