Coordinator Software Technology

 StepStone ·  28.11.2018 ·  Jülich ·  Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

As a member of the Helmholtz Association, Forschungszentrum Jülich makes an effective contribution to solving major challenges facing society in the fields of information, energy, and bioeconomy. It focuses on varied tasks in the area of research management and utilizes large, often unique, scientific infrastructure. Come and work with around 5,900 colleagues across a range of topics and disciplines at one of Europe's largest research centres.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) at the Jülich Research Center in Germany investigates the structure and function of the brain. The Subinstitute INM-6 consists of 4 departments and 1 team that conduct research in the field of computational and systems neuroscience. The Statistical Neuroscience group headed by Prof. Sonja Grün develops computational methods to analyze the joint activity of neuronal networks, and applies these methods to experimental data in the context of international collaborations using state-of-the-art approaches from neuroinformatics.

For this project the Statistical Neuroscience group is seeking a

Coordinator Software Technology

Development, maintenance, and distribution of the Elephant analysis software (

Planning and coordination of software development for the Elephant software

Development of solutions for software packaging to bundle individual resources, including cross-language components of the software and deployment on large systems

Installation, provisioning, and adaptation of the software and matching environments on heterogeneous HPC systems

Management of open-source software development cycles using suitable agile paradigms, and handling inquiries and contributions via issue systems and similarchannels

Review and evaluation of software contributions from a world-wide community withrespect to scientific content, the code maturity, and the possibility to be integrated into the Elephant software

Guidance and coordination of the code review process

Co-design and dissemination of generic conceptual guidelines and project-specific implementations for scientific workflows, in close dialogue with scientists and developers and by incorporating current software developments

Implementing library features and statistical analysis tools for neuronal data

Actively contacting and supporting method developers

Maintenance of the software documentation and accompanying teaching material, including content for the presentation of the software on the web and on social media

Representing the technology at scientific conferences, during educational courses, to the public, and within the framework of the EU Flagship Project “Human Brain Project”

University degree in natural sciences, computer science or mathematics

Very good expertise in the programming language Python, as well as C/C++ or tools as well as web-based services for managing software (version control, issue tracking,…)

Experience in implementing scientific analysis methods

Experience in creating documentation and course material

High ability to work in an interdisciplinary, international team

Fluent in English, spoken and written

Ability to work independently, systematically and on one’s own responsibility

Good communication skills

Willingness to travel

A green campus with world-leading scientific infrastructure near the cultural centers of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen

A position in a creative and international team that conducts research at the frontiers of science, themes ranging from computational neuroscience to simulation

World class science environment at the interface between neuroscience and technology on the most complex known systems

Excellent scientific equipment including the fastest supercomputer in Europe

A comprehensive further training programme

Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life

Limited until 31.03.2020 with possible longer-term prospects

Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant's qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13-14 TVöD-Bund


Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

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