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Forschungszentrum Jülich
Mitglied der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the pressing issues of our time. It helps to solve the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment as well as information and the brain. With more than 5,700 employees, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the large interdisciplinary research centres in Europe.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) at Research Center Jülich, Germany, investigates the structure and function of the human brain on different spatial and temporal scales within the research program „Decoding the Human Brain“. The Supercomputing Centre is home of one of the most powerful machines and has a leading role in the European exascale strategy. Basic neuroscience connects the two research areas as it heavily relies on modeling and simulation, which are necessary to approach the brain‘s immense complexity, manage the huge amount of resulting data, and develop reliable control techniques. Acquired knowledge allows for the translation of basic findings into clinical applications to better understand neurological and psychiatric disorders, to refine diagnostic processes, and to develop therapy strategies – crucial tasks we have to face in ageing societies. Additionally, the research lays foundations for novel computer architectures and their operation.

The department INM-6, Computational and Systems Neuroscience (www.csn.fz-juelich.de), develops mathematical models of neuronal dynamics and function. Model-driven analyses of brain activity and structure as well as simulation of biologically realistic models form the core of our work. The department INM-6 hosts the Coordination Site (BCOS) of the national Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. Among others, the INM-6/IIAS-6 is actively involved in the EU flagship project „Human Brain Project“ (HBP, https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/) and leads several tasks and workpackages in the subproject Theoretical Neuroscience, as well as in the Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High-Performance Analytics and Computing and Neuromorphic Computing Platforms. Together with its partners, INM-6 develops analysis tools and the leading simulation code (NEST) for brain scale networks with cellular resolution in an open source approach (http://www.nest-initiative.org/). NEST has been under continuous development for 20 years and is serving a worldwide community.

We are looking to recruit a
Scientific Coordinator / Scientific Writer
Your job:
The tasks relate to two main areas, which could also serve as a basis for job sharing.

Focus 1: Scientific Coordination:
  • Support of drafting of research proposals and grants
  • Supervision and controlling of administrative aspects of third party funded projects, incl. monitoring of project milestones, collecting and providing material for scientific reports, among others in EU projects in close collaboration with scientists, for instance within the Human Brain Project
  • Collection, processing and evaluation of information relevant for the research strategy
  • Supporting the heads of the institute in all scientific and administrative matters, incl. the recruitment of staff members
  • Scientific and administrative project coordination
Focus 2: Scientific Writing:
  • Production of scientific texts, primarily in English, especially documentation of the NEST software for the Human Brain Project
  • Production of scientific texts, especially in English, for the institute‘s website or institute reports in close collaboration with scientists and the heads of the institute
  • PR activities: Supporting the creation of PR material in English (e.g. flyer, brochures)
  • Communication with the internal communications department
  • Proactive maintenance of relevant websites
  • Development of a social media strategy
Superordinate tasks:
  • Communication with national and international collaborators
  • Close collaboration with heads of the institute and project partners, especially within the Human Brain Project
  • Regular organization and attendance of project meetings and videoconferences together with or substituting for the workpackage leader
  • Organization, preparation and support of project meetings, e.g. workshops
  • Maintenance of (e.g. publications-)databases
  • Supervision of student helpers supporting the scientific coordination team
Your profile:
  • Completed study in natural sciences, ideally with PhD
  • Experience in neuroscience and/or physics
  • Experience with third party funded projects
  • High communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written forms of expression in both, German and English, especially with regard to drafting scientific and administrative texts
  • Ability to approach tasks with an eye toward efficiency and reproducibility
  • High ability to work in interdisciplinary, international team
  • Ability to work under pressure, assertiveness and empathy
  • Organizational skills
  • Skilled in software on project planning, text processing (Latex, Word), presentations (PowerPoint), scheduling of dates and websites
  • Willingness to travel
  • Work experience abroad
  • Expertise in Computational Neuroscience
  • Professional experience in above-mentioned areas of responsibility
Our offer:
  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Du¨sseldorf, and Aachen
  • Integration into a young, interdisciplinary, and international institute
  • High visibility through participation in and substitution for institute directors at international project meetings in the Human Brain Project
  • Job in world-class science environment at the interface between neuroscience and technology on the most complex known Systems
  • Possibility, to apply for a full position or a 50% position. In case of the latter, two colleagues will be recruited to share the above mentioned work load
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)
Forschungszentrum Ju¨lich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particulary welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably via our online recruitment system until
December 2, 2016 quoting the reference number 2016-250.
Logo Contact at Human Resource Development:
Kristin Lux
Phone: +49 2461 61 9700


Closing date: 02.12.2016
Closing date: 2 December 2016 Published on academics.com on date 14 November 2016
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