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The Cluster of Excellence EXC 2075 "Data-Integrated Simulation Science (SimTech)" at the University of Stuttgart invites applications for two positions of

Independent Junior Research Group Leaders in Data-Integrated Simulation Science (f/m/d)

This second call specifically addresses female researchers as a measure for improving the gender balance in the Cluster. Selected researchers will start and lead a new independent group within the Cluster of Excellence which will be funded for up to four years, including the group leader position (TV-L E14), funds for doctoral projects (TV-L E13), as well as start-up funds and annual budget. The new groups are expected to establish a competitive research program which contributes to the Cluster’s success by collaborating with other SimTech researchers within one of the seven project networks https://www.simtech.uni-stuttgart.de/en/research/.

EXC 2075 was established in 2019 in the framework of the German Excellence Strategy with an initial funding period of seven years. It builds on the previous EXC 310 which ran from 2007-2018 establishing the University of Stuttgart as a world leading research center for simulation technology. A Cluster of Excellence is the most significant and substantial grant for collaborative research funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). SimTech is the only Cluster with a research agenda of integrating simulation science and data science into a new paradigm bringing together interdisciplinary teams of researchers from seven faculties at the University, nearby academic institutions, and international research groups.

To complement our research activities and to pursue the Cluster’s goal of further increasing the percentage of female scientists in simulation science, we are looking for highly motivated researchers with an excellent early-career track record (typically two years after obtaining a doctorate) and international research experience in fields contributing to the Cluster’s research agenda. Successful candidates have received excellent academic degrees in engineering, natural sciences, computer science, or mathematics and have acquired profound experience in one or more academic fields related to simulation and data science.

Review of applications will begin by end of February 2021 and continue until the positions are filled. Please submit your application by e-mail to jobs@simtech.uni-stuttgart.de with a single PDF attachment comprising

  • cover and motivation letter,
  • academic CV,
  • list of publications,
  • 3-page description of past and future research activities,
  • degree certificates and
  • transcripts of records from Bachelor/Master/PhD degrees.

Applications and two reference letters should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Thomas Ertl, Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science, University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 5a, 70569 Stuttgart. Further information and an application form can be found here: https://www.simtech.uni-stuttgart.de/contact-jobs/. Please be aware of the risks regarding confidentiality and the integrity of your application contents when sending your application via unencrypted e-mail.

The University of Stuttgart is an equal opportunity employer. Applications by women are strongly encouraged. Severely challenged persons will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications. The University of Stuttgart has established a Dual Career Program to assist the partners of those moving to Stuttgart. For more information, please visit the website: https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/universitaet/arbeitgeber/dualcareer/.

Information on how the University protects personal data in accordance with Article 13 of the GDPR can be found under the following link: https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en/privacy-notice/job-application/.

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Research Associate / PhD Student Position
(m/f/d, 100%, E 13 TV-L, temporary for the duration of 3 years)

The Cluster of Excellence "Data-Integrated Simulation Science" (EXC 2075) is an interdisciplinary research center with more than 200 scientists performing research towards a common goal: We target a new class of modeling and computational methods based on available data from various sources, in order to take the usability, precision and reliability of simulations to a new level. The open PhD student position is integrated into the Graduate School of the Cluster.

The position is fully paid and part of the project "Intuitive Joint Priors for Bayesian Multilevel Models" in the Junior-Research Group for Bayesian Statistics of Dr. Paul-Christian Bürkner at the Cluster of Excellence SimTech of the University of Stuttgart.

Your tasks:

  • Development of prior distributions for complex Bayesian models
  • Execution of extensive simulation studies to evaluate the new prior distributions and compare them to competing methods
  • Development of software to implement the new methods in open-source programming languages such as R or Python
  • Cooperation with other scientists within the research group and at the Cluster of Excellence SimTech
  • Publication of research results in international scientific journals and conference proceedings
  • Active participation at national and international conferences

Your qualifications:

  • Excellent degree in a field with strong quantitative focus (e.g., mathematics, computer science, biology, or psychology)
  • Strong interest in research questions focused on statistical modelling of complex data
  • Previous experience in applied statistics, mathematical statistics, or machine learning
  • Ideally previous experience in Bayesian statistics
  • Previous experience in at least one programming language common in quantitative fields (e.g., R, Python, Julia, or C++)
  • Ideally previous experience in the probabilistic programming language Stan or another probabilistic programming language
  • Proficient English skills (spoken and written)
  • High amount of commitment, flexibility, as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team

We offer:

  • An inspirational and supportive research environment at the Cluster of Excellence SimTech
  • A nationally and internationally well-connected research group including close collaborations within the Stan Development Team
  • Diverse and responsible tasks in a dynamic and friendly team
  • Extensive opportunities to participate in training programs to support your first steps as an early career scientist

Please submit your complete application, including

  • one-page motivation letter,
  • academic CV,
  • one letter of reference, as well as
  • academic certificates and
  • transcript of records,

via paul.buerkner@simtech.uni-stuttgart.de until February 28th, 2021. If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact us via the above email-address.

We cannot reimburse any costs arising from the performance of job interviews.


The information on the handling of application data in accordance with Art. 13 DS-GVO can be found via https://uni-stuttgart.de/datenschutz

The University of Stuttgart seeks to increase the number of women in areas, where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply. Severely handicapped persons are given priority if they have the same aptitude. Recruitment is carried out by the central administration. The University of Stuttgart and thus the Cluster of Excellence EXC 2075 strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

 

The Cluster of Excellence "Data-Integrated Simulation Science" (EXC 2075) is an interdisciplinary research center with more than 200 scientists performing research towards a common goal: We target a new class of modeling and computational methods based on available data from various sources, in order to take the usability, precision and reliability of simulations to a new level.

The Hiwi position as well as the Bachelor and Master theses are part of the project "Biological molecular dynamics simulations 2.0" in the Junior-Research Group for Molecular Dynamics of Dr. Kristyna Pluhackova at the Cluster of Excellence SimTech of the University of Stuttgart.

Your tasks:

  • Performing molecular dynamics simulations of interesting biological phenomena
  • Validation of the simulation results against experimental data
  • Method development

Your qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Extended knowledge in or more natural sciences
  • Investigative, creative and communicative nature
  • Dedication to achieving research excellence

We offer:

  • Broad portfolio on projects in collaboration with diverse (inter)national experimental groups
  • Dynamic and friendly team with the possibility of remote work
  • An inspirational and supportive research environment at the Cluster of Excellence SimTech
  • Opportunities to participate in training programs and at (inter)national workshops and conferences

Please contact kristyna.pluhackova@simtech.uni-stuttgart.de for further information and application.

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Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science (SC SimTech) | Cluster of Excellence EXC 2075 "Data-Integrated Simulation Science"

Pfaffenwaldring 5a, 70569 Stuttgart

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