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Postdoc for Data Science and Machine Learning in Microscopy
Aachen, Germany
a competitive salary package

Work group:

IAS-9 – Materials Data Science and Informatics

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The development of complex materials with tailored properties and the understanding of underlying mechanisms require an integrative combination of data analytics and material characterization with theory, simulation, and research data management. For computer-aided analysis of (image) data from electron microscopy, AI-methods such as Deep Learning offer excellent potential. The Institute for Advanced Simulations – Materials Data Science and Informatics (IAS-9) combines data analysis, materials simulation, research data management and software development under one roof. Together with the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons, IAS-9 is establishing a Simulation and Data Science Lab for Electron Microscopy, where one focus is data mining, image analysis and AI-based data science. A close connection to the Helmholtz Imaging Platform, the Metadata Collaboration Platform, the Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit, and the Jülich Supercomputing Centre offer unique opportunities for new synergies between characterization, data analytics and simulation.

Your Job:

You will strengthen the data science and machine learning activities of the IAS-9 and ER-C with exciting new topics. You will work in a multidisciplinary team of enthusiastic data scientists, programmers and scientists on, e.g.,

  •  Development and application of generic methods, algorithms and software tools, e.g. for multimodal or multi-/high-dimensional data analysis, time series analysis and prediction, inverse modelling, and coupling of simulation or DL models and experiments
  •  Development and application of image- and microscopy-related methods and tools, such as reconstruction, denoising, inpainting or segmentation of 2D/3D/4D image data as well as high throughput data mining and adaptive sampling for microscopy
  •  Involvement in the establishment and coordination of a research group within the thematic spectrum of a “Data Science Lab for Electronmicroscopy”
  •  Identification and further development of exciting future research questions and scientific topics in the context of artificial intelligence methods
  •  Participation in cross-center, Helmholtz-wide activities in the field of data-driven research
  •  Supervision of student research projects and theses
  •  Collaboration with internal and external project partners
  •  Preparation of scientific publications and presentations
  •  Participation international and international conferences and symposia

Your Profile:

We are looking for a highly motivated colleague who is excited about new scientific endeavors with interdisciplinary approaches. For this you have:

  •  A completed university degree (Master) and a doctorate in data science, computer science, mathematics, materials science, physics, bioinformatics, chemoinformatics or a related subject
  •  Research experience in the area of data analysis, data mining and ML/DL demonstrated through, e.g., the dissertation, publications in peer-reviewed journals or open source projects
  •  Very good practical experience in data analysis and ML/DL
  •  Very good practical programming expertise (e.g., Python, Java, Julia, R, C/C++) and related libraries as well as solid experience in HPC/GPU environments and open source software development
  •  Structured and analytical thinking as well as a systematic, careful, independent, and reliable working method
  •  Excellent communication skills and commitment to work as part of a team
  •  Experience in supervising students and doctoral candidates and in managing your own scientific project is a plus
  •  Experience with acquisition and administration of third-party funds is a plus

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  •  The opportunity to conduct exciting research in an international and multidisciplinary environment with outstanding infrastructure
  •  The perspective to take over the responsibility for a research group or division
  •  A creative work environment at a leading research facility, located on an attractive research campus at the TZA Aachen ( ) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich
  •  The opportunity to strengthen your reputation in a dynamic and highly active research field
  •  Extensive training opportunities for personal and professional development
  •  The opportunity to attend national and international conferences
  •  Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
  •  Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life-life, such as the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave

We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. The position is initially for a fixed term of 2 years, with possible long-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.Place of employment: AachenWe welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

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