Cluster Z - Projects


Central Tasks of the Collaborative Research Centre

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kusche
University of Bonn  |  +49 228 73-2629  |  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]


The Z01 project supports the speaker, co-speakers, board, principal investigators, and all members of the CRC in all administrative, coordination, communication, outreach, monitoring, and gender matters. It will also aid project Z02 in synchronizing PhD-specific measures with the CRC-wide program of support measures, Z03 with respect to the dissemination of new data sets, and project Z04 when framing the High Performance Computing (HPC) needs and requirements of the CRC. The project will implement the CRC’s concept for framing policy advice and communicating to stakeholders and decision makers.


Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heckelei (Project leader)
University of Bonn  |  +49 228 73-2332  |  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kusche (Deputy director)
University of Bonn  |  +49 228 73-2629  |  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

Prof. Dr. Silke Hüttel (Deputy director)
University of Bonn  |  +49 228 73-2891  |  kusche@[Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]


Z02 takes a holistic approach to guide qualification of the CRC PhD students and post-docs in the interdisciplinary approach to achieve personal and scientific development, critical reflection and networking competencies, and thus academic independence. Activities aim at developing a common language and interdisciplinary understanding and integrate High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Research Data Management (RDM) as core topics. Following structural empowerment theory, the IRTG provides access to information, resources, support and opportunities to implement an experiential learning environment that achieves education and graduation standards at highest level.

The CRC’s IRTG is organized as an independent track within the Bonn International Graduate School (BIGS) “Land and Food” at the Agricultural Faculty of University of Bonn but is open for all PhD students of the CRC, irrespective of their hosting faculties. All tracks within BIGS follow the same structure for all PhD students. That is, a minimum of 15 credit points (CP; with 0.5 CPs per course day) has to be achieved. The IRTG ensures access to information and resources to young researchers by providing scientific, HPC, RDM and soft skill modules, excursions, a lecture series with assignments and the possibility to create Wikis, and a research seminar.

The CRC’s IRTG is managed by the IRTG directorate, consisting of the PI (director) of this project, two deputy directors, the IRTG coordinator, the chair of the young student’s forum and the director of the BIGS Land & Food at the Agricultural Faculty.


Data infrastructure and services

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan-Henrik Haunert
University of Bonn  |  +49 228 73-1750  |  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

Dr. Olaf Stein
Forschungszentrum Jülich  |  +49 2461 61-2370  |  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]


Project Z03 will maintain a central research data infrastructure with open data services adhering to the FAIR data principles (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability) hosted at Jülich Supercomputing Centre. It supports the research data management of all involved partners and the publication of their data. An integral part of the research data infrastructure will be a set of services for data integration and aggregation, which will enable analyses across data sets of different scales and heterogeneous quality, including HPC data workflows and management. A web-based visualization component will complement the system to support users in data exploration tasks.


Central Supercomputing Support

Dr. Klaus Görgen
Forschungszentrum Jülich  |  +49 2461 61-6456  |  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

Prof. Dr. Petra Mutzel
University of Bonn  |  +49 228 73-69917  |  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]


The key objects of the CRC rely heavily on numerical modeling, data processing, and analysis. Project Z04 will be responsible for: (i) Providing basic support for a multitude of HPC-related issues, (ii) helping with model development (iii) model simulation support (iv) training of early-career scientists at the interface of geoscience, HPC, and data science in collaboration with Z02 and Z03. Hence, Z04 will help the CRC to efficiently conduct its demanding numerical model and simulation experiments as well as processing and analysis tasks, in a big data context.


32 | PostDoc Researcher
in the field of Algorithm engineering, big data analytics and High-Performance Computing (HPC)

100% (E13 TV-L) | All positions are fixed-term, initially until December 31st, 2025, with the possibility of an extension

In project Z04, we are looking for a Postdoc researcher at University of Bonn enabling the CRC through a variety of HPC-related tasks with the knowledge of algorithm engineering and additional knowledge in Earth system modelling.

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