The Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior – caesar (MPINB) focuses on basic research in neuroethology. International researchers at the institute study how the collective activity of vast numbers of neurons gives rise to the plethora of animal behaviors. The interdisciplinary research spans from imaging neural circuits at the nanoscale to analyzing neural activity in a freely moving and naturally behaving animal.

To lead our central scientific data and computing infrastructure team, we are looking for a

Head of Scientific Computing (m/f/div)
(full time)

As the Head of Scientific Computing, you will lead a newly formed centralized scientific computing core facility. The primary goal of your group is to facilitate our research by providing well managed central hardware resources for computing and data storage, as well as rendering support with scientific algorithm development, data analysis, image analysis, machine learning expertise, and software development. You will have the opportunity to expand your own team of scientific computing experts and create the strategy for the further developing group. A key aspect of the services of the facility will be managing and further developing our new mid-size High- Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, with your team. In addition, you will provide technical advice and support to cross-departmental research projects by implementing and developing algorithms and software for scientific data analysis, image analysis, and machine learning. MPINB has also modernized its data storage with two mid-size storage units for the purpose of facilitating the use and retention of scientific data and your facility will assist scientists to effectively use this resource and offer courses and training for further education of scientists, students and employees.


  • PhD or Masters degree with relevant experience in an appropriate discipline (physics, math, chemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computer science, etc.)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English, a working knowledge of German would be helpful
  • Experience in HPC environments, cluster management, enterprise storage and developing related algorithms
  • Practical experience successfully running a project and leading a team
  • Hands on experience developing in a scientific environment / context with R, Python, and/or Matlab would be an asset

We offer

  • An international and collaborative environment in a stimulating scientific institute
  • A salary commensurate with the work, in line with the German public tariff (TVöD)
  • Outstanding employee benefits, a family-friendly culture, and flexible working hours
  • Opportunities for further training/continuing education

The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. The position may also be filled on a part-time basis, provided that job sharing ensures that duties can be performed in scope of a full-time job.

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