NOMAD Laboratory

Open Positions

Would you like to shape the future of computational materials science? Become part of the NOMAD team!


Several open positions for Research Software Engineers and for Artificial Intelligence Experts with knowledge in materials science

at the

NOMAD Laboratory at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society and the Association FAIR-DI e.V.



1.) Developer for a web-based platform for materials science, data sharing, and analysis

You will be working on a REST and NoSQL based backend and distributed cloud-based processing infrastructure written in Python, a suit of parsers for input/output files from computational materials science codes, a component-based (react) frontend / Graphical User Interface, or Jupyter based analysis framework.

Your qualifications

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent programming skills
  • In-depth knowledge of Python

Ideally in-depth understanding of and experience in some of the following:

  • NoSQL databases: Elasticsearch, Mongo DB
  • REST APIs and Python web-frameworks: flask, fastapi
  • frontend/graphical user interface (GUI): JavaScript, React, HTML/CSS


2.) Artificial Intelligence Experts with knowledge in computation materials science

 These are several positions for collaborators working on the NOMAD Artificial Intelligence Toolkit (https://nomad-lab.eu/index.php?page=AItutorials) helping to advance it into a service helping the wider community. A special development will be an artificial-intelligence guided (active) workflow for density functional theory calculations. Here concepts as outlier detection, subgroup discovery, domain of applicability of machine-learning models, etc. will be combined. See, e.g. C. Sutton et al., Identifying domains of applicability of machine learning models for materials science. Nat. Commun. 11, 4428 (2020), and references therein.

Your qualifications

  • Excellent programming skills
  • In-depth knowledge of Python
  • Experience with Jupyter notebooks
  • Good knowledge of computational materials science


What we are looking for

We are looking for truly outstanding PhD students, postdocs, or Research Software Engineers. The positions are currently open for 1 year with the possibility of extension. You will work in a team at the NOMAD Laboratory which is located at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (https://th.fhi.mpg.de/site/) and at the Physics Department of the Humboldt University in Berlin (https://nomad-lab.eu/), one of the best universities in Germany.


How to apply

Applications for these positions are only accepted via our online application portal. Applications will be accepted from immediately until the positions are filled.

We seek to increase the number of women in research and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. We are also are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in our workforce and therefore encourage applications from such qualified individuals.

Your application must include (in one pdf file):

  • A cover letter describing your motivation for applying (max. 1 page)
  • A CV with a complete description of your academic career and relevant skills (including a description of your programming experience)
  • Contact details of at least two potential referees
  • Copies of your degree certificate(s)
  • For applicants for a PhD or master position: transcripts of courses taken and grades obtained


For more information please contact: Dr. Annika Scior