PC2 - Paderborn Center for parallel Computing - Universität Paderborn
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  • August 31, 2024
  • Postdoc as HPC expert (f/m/d) for atomistic simulation – Focus on Plane-Wave DFT

    The National High-performance Computing Center (NHR) and research institute Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²) is seeking as soon as possible a
    Postdoc as HPC expert (f/m/d) for atomistic simulation – Focus on Plane-Wave DFT
    (Salary according to EG 13 or EG 14 TV-L)
    with 100 % of the regular working hours. This is a qualification position within the meaning of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG), which serves to qualify as
    an HPC consultant (f/m/d) for solid-state physics. The position is initially available for 3 years, depending on the qualification achieved to date.
    Core tasks will include:
    • Cooperative research and development together with users from the focus areas of PC² (esp. physics, chemistry, engineering)
    • Support of users of PC² with plane-wave DFT calculations and their optimization and workflow setup
    • Organization and set up of courses, workshops, and conferences in the area of atomistic simulations in the focus area of the applicant
    • Extension of the hard- and software infrastructure in cooperation with the operation staff
    • For EG 14 TV-L the assignment of additional tasks in independent research and project management is required
    Your profile:
    • Scientific university degree (Master) in theoretical solid-state physics, chemistry or material sciences
    • For Postdoc: Promotion in theoretical solid-state physics, chemistry or material sciences
    • Advanced knowledge of density functional theory with plane waves
    • Experience with plane-wave-based DFT codes like VASP, QuantumEspresso, or ABINIT
    • Practical experience with the simulation using HPC clusters
    • Good knowledge in performance-oriented programming and optimization
    • Very good English skills, written and spoken
    • Ability to work independently and with commitment
    Advantageous qualifications:
    • Good German skills, written and spoken
    • Knowledge and experience of methods beyond DFT liks hybrid functionals, BSE, or GW
    • The desire to work on PC² research topics
    • High affinity for supporting users in the realisation of their computing projects
    What we offer:
    • An open and international working environment with very good prospects for further qualification, e.g. for postdocs
    • Challenging and interesting research topics and a team of researchers, HPC admins, and support staff to tackle them together
    • Work with state-of-the-art HPC systems and accelerators
    • Sufficient scope for realizing your own ideas and professional development
    • Flexible working hours, the possibility of part-time work, and the option to work partly at home
    • Modern equipment at the workplace and for mobile work
    Since Paderborn University seeks to increase the number of female scientists, applications of women are especially welcome. In case of equal qualification and scientific
    achievements, they will receive preferential treatment according to the North Rhine-Westphalian Equal Opportunities Policy (LGG), unless there are cogent reasons to give
    preference to another applicant. Likewise, applications of disabled people with appropriate qualification are explicitly requested. This also applies to people with equal
    status according to the German social law SGB IX.
    If you have any questions about the job profile send them as well to this address. Further information on the PC² can be found at:
    Please send your application including a motivation letter, CV, and certificates via email (using the Ref. No. 6463) to: or the address listed below