The Zentrum für Astronomie und Astrophysik at the Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin Institute of Technology) is the only institute of that kind in Berlin. Whereas the research is concentrated at the University of Technology, the institute offers a broad teaching of astronomy and astrophysics at all universities in Berlin (Freie Universität (FU), Humboldt Universität (HU), Technische Universität (TU). Students may study astronomy and astrophysics as a subsidiary or optional compulsory subject. They can also work at their diploma or doctoral theses. The hosted researcher will receive training namely in numerical modelling and high-performance computing (HPC) applied in the astrophysical and space plasma simulations. Interdisciplinary overlap is assured by close collaboration with the groups at Max Planck Institutes for Plasma Physics (IPP in Garching) and Solar System Research (MPS in Göttingen).
Key research infrastructure
- The institute has access to the large HPC (supercomputing) infrastructures like GWDG (Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen: service organization which works in conjunction with the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Society as a data and IT service center) or the Leibnitz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.