HPC and AI Manager, full time

Technical Group

The Technical Group within the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is seeking for an HPC and AI Manager (m/f/d) for a High-Performance Computing System.

Job description

To strengthen our Technical group, we are looking for highly motivated candidates with expertise in the administration of High-Performance Computing clusters and shared Linux software environments. The successful candidates should also be enthusiasts of actively driving development for innovative computing technologies, e.g., usage of GPUs in improving the performance of scientific application codes.

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics provides a stimulating research environment in Scientific Computing, with an opportunity to conduct research in the intersection of applied computer science, High-Performance Computing, AI, and Machine Learning.


We have a wide range of potential responsibilities that we would like to discuss with you. Your responsibilities in our team could include, for example:

  • Setup and administration of HPC systems, e.g., software installation, system software such as boot images
  • Providing technical support for research projects and users of the HPC systems, e.g., helping with the correct and efficient use of the systems and writing documentation
  • Improving, extending and out rolling of HPC services, for example for interactive HPC usage
  • Researching, developing, and operating novel applications for the HPC system, e.g., the application of AI and Machine Learning in simulations
  • Developing new methods and techniques, for example, for storing and managing large simulation data sets
  • Evaluating and optimizing the system efficiency, e.g., by applying benchmarks and monitoring or by developing efficient HPC workflows for data-intensive simulations



  • Experience with the administration of the Linux Operating System

  • Experience in scripting languages e.g., Python or shell

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English



  • Bachelor Degree

  • Experience with the administration of HPC systems

  • Experience in working with HPC systems

  • Experience with Linux software management, e.g. environment modules, package management and containerization

  • Experience with service-oriented user support

  • Experience in developing or using parallel scientific codes

  • Experience with data management or large-scale data


Conditions of employment

  • 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

  • Collaboration in a competent and committed team

  • Qualification and further development of your skills

  • Social benefits of the public sector

  • The position is suitable for part-time work and initially limited to one year.

  • The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics strives for long-term cooperation.


The position is available from 01-Jul-2024, though start date is negotiable.

Full-time position (up to 39 hours negotiable), with a term of appointment of 5 years.

The salary is in accordance with the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and will be, depending on the experience of the applicant, within the range of E10 to pay grade E11 which means 4,400 EUR – 5,600 EUR gross per month, based on a full-time employment.

An allowance of 30 days annual leave (based on a full-time employment) and the German as well as the Dutch public holidays.


Application procedure

The deadline for applications is midnight (CEST) on 01-Jul-2024. Please submit your application directly via this link on our recruitment portal.

A cover letter outlining

·         your motivation to apply and detailing how you fit the requirements above.

·         A current CV, listing relevant experience.

·         The names and contact details of two referees.

For questions about the skills and experience needed for the post, please contact the Head of the MPI’s Technical Group: Reiner Dirksmeyer (Reiner.Dirksmeyer [at] mpi.nl (Reiner[dot]Dirksmeyer[at]mpi[dot]nl)).



The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is a research institute entirely devoted to the study of language. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types. We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We also work closely with other child development researchers as part of the Baby and Child Research Center. Staff and students at the MPI have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities (including audiovisual equipment, EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality labs, molecular biology labs and a child-friendly child development lab).

We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We therefore welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation (https://www.mpi.nl/page/equal-opportunities).

For further details please see our website: https://www.mpi.nl.


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