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Job vacancy No. 20210709

The GWDG is seeking a

Specialist HPC (m/f/d) in Life Science

to join an inter-disciplinary team of HPC experts in the working group “eScience” (AG E) with a regular working week of 39 hours. Remuneration is in accordance with the collective agreement for the German public service (federal government); depending on qualifications, the position will be graded up to pay grade E13, and up to E14 in the case of special suitability. The position is suitable for part-time work and is initially limited to two years The GWDG strives for a long-term cooperation. If interested, there is the possibility of a doctorate.

Overview GWDG and subject area

The Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG) is the university computing center for the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and a computing and IT competence center for the Max Planck Society. The provision of high-performance HPC systems has been one of its tasks for over 40 years. In 2020, the University of Göttingen / GWDG was accepted as one of eight computing centers in the National High Performance Computing (NHR) network and operates the HLRN-IV system “Emmy”, one of the most powerful computers in the world.

As a national supercomputing center, we offer technical support to researchers and students in the field of life science using sophisticated computer codes, and who participate in both national and international research projects. To strengthen our High-Performance Computing (HPC) team, we are looking for a highly motivated candidate with expertise in any or combination of bioinformatics, molecular simulations or medical imaging who will help us in strengthening our competences in this field.

The successful candidate should be willing to embrace new ideas for Life Science, e.g., the Applica-tion of AI and Machine Learning for computer-aided drug design. The usage of machine learning and analysis of large dataset is of ever growing importance to the field of life science. By dynamically adjusting our systems portfolio, e.g., by acquiring new GPUs, we seek to provide an optimal environment for research. The successful candidate should also be an enthusiast for solving complex biological research questions using cutting-edge computing technologies. Key to this position is an interest in offering technical support for research groups and projects based in the life sciences. Especially, support towards adjusting and optimizing user software for the usage on the HPC system will be an essential part of the position.

Additionally, the GWDG together with the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and the University of Göttingen provide a stim-ulating research environment in Scientific Computing with an opportunity to conduct research in the intersection of High Performance Computing, bioinformatics and computational biophysics. The successful applicant thus has the opportunity to develop his career or write a thesis for an ad-vanced qualification in any of these subjects.


Responsibilities in our team are in particular as follows:

  • Support of users in the development of novel workflows in the field of life sciences
  • Conducting own research in the field of IT-based life sciences / bioinformatics
  • Participation in the administration and continuous further development of the HPC services and their infrastructure to support users in the life sciences
  • Analysis of the system usage to identify optimization and development potentials of the HPC systems
  • Regular participation in workshops and training courses
  • Providing documentation and HPC optimizations of software used in the field of life science
  • User support towards developing novel workflows
  • Conducting own research in the field of computer-aided life science


  • University degree or comparable qualification with relevant professional experience in the field of life sciences
  • In-depth knowledge of computer-aided life sciences
  • Good overview of specialist areas and developments in the field of life science
  • Knowledge of relevant software packages from the field of life sciences
  • Experience in the field of imaging (e.g. MRI), bioinformatics and/or molecular dynamics (Gromacs, Lammps ...) is an advantage
  • Good analytical thinking
  • Independent, structured and systematic way of working
  • Excellent team and communication skills
  • Very good written and spoken German and English

Our offer

  • Flexible working hours and opportunity for mobile working
  • A modern, diverse, and exceptional work environment with close proximity to academia and research at the intersection of several innovative technology sectors
  • An interesting, versatile job in a large, internationally operating IT competence center
  • Collaboration in a competent and committed team
  • Qualification and further development of your skills
  • Social benefits of the public sector

The GWDG strives for gender equity and diversity and therefore welcomes applications from any background. The GWDG strives to employ more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled persons are expressly encouraged.

Have we aroused your interest? Then please send us your application by 23.09.2021 via our online form.

If you have any questions about the advertised position, please contact Prof. Dr. Julian Kunkel (e-mail: or Dr. Christian Boehme (e-mail: