PhD student position | Data-driven model reduction of stochastic dynamical systems

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Complex Systems Mathematics

Job Code: DRS_PhD2022_fullname

Job offer from December 17, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, research group Data-driven Model Reduction for Stochastic Systems, invites applications for a PhD student position (m/f/d). Subject of the work is the research project on “Data-driven model reduction of stochastic dynamical systems”.

The newly established research group of Dr. Feliks Nüske is focused on the development of novel data-based methods for the identification, analysis, and control of dynamical systems. Our main interest is to combine tools from a broad variety of fields, including machine learning, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations, to design robust and scalable data-analysis techniques which can be applied in the context of complex non-linear dynamics. Practical application of these tools to physical systems on the atomistic or molecular scale is also part of our research agenda.

The goal of the research project will be to extract reduced models using a combination of robust machine learning approaches with physics-based modeling techniques.


We are looking to hire a graduate-level student. The ideal candidate should possess a strong background in stochastic analysis and/or statistical learning and optimization. An interest in physics or physical modeling is also appreciated. Applicants with a background in physics and a strong interest in method development are also welcome. The willingness and competence to work in an international environment is expected.

Our offer

We offer the support for scientific qualification and close scientific exchange between national and international research teams.

The payment and benefits for this research work follows the guidelines of the collective agreement for the public service (75% E13 TVöD-Bund).


The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

The starting date of the position is 01 March 2022. The deadline for application is 15 February 2022.

Please, send your application (subject: DRS_PhD2022_fullname) as one single pdf-document including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, certificates and names with contact information of two potential references by e-mail to the following address:

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