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PhD position within the project “Embedded (micro)-fluidic networks in soft materials systems: A route to adaptive processes, self-regulation and self-repair”

The Excellence Cluster livMatS welcomes applications for a PhD position within the project “Embedded (micro)-fluidic networks in soft materials systems: A route to adaptive processes, self-regulation and self-repair” | term for filing application: 03.08.2020
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The Excellence Cluster livMatS welcomes applications for a

PhD position within the project “Embedded (micro)-fluidic networks in soft materials systems: A route to adaptive processes, self-regulation and self-repair”
Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: 01.09.2020

The Cluster of Excellence livMatS develops completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical – yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living – materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play an important role in their development. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences.


Inspired by tubular networks in nature, such as blood vessels in animals and conductive vessels in plants, soft materials systems with embedded (micro)-fluidic networks should be developed. The integrated fluidic networks open up the possibility to provide an extraordinarily comprehensive platform for the transport and processing of materials, energy and information based on the intriguing interactions of capillary, fluid dynamic, chemical and osmotic forces with elastic forces. These embedded and “communicating” fluidic networks represent not only model systems to study the interactions and  coupling in sophisticated elasto-hydrodynamic systems but also new, exciting, and powerful tools to integrate autonomous detection, recognition, regulation and self-repair in materials systems.


We seek a highly motivated and well-trained individual with a specific interest in experimental soft matter physics. Candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and a multidisciplinary educational background should ideally possess a Master's degree in physics, physical chemistry, material science, nanoscience or closely related disciplines.


Please hand in:

  • Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (up to 1,500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (BA and MA certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)
  • Short summary of your master’s thesis (up to 1,000 words)
  • Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)
  • Suggestion of two referees with contact details

Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only.

The position is limited to 36 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00001103, by 03.08.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe
und bioinspirierte Technologien (FIT)
Dr. Monika Schulz
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105
D-79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS
E-Mail: positions@livmats.uni-freiburg.de (please send one PDF file only)
For further information, please contact Herr Dr. Thomas Pfohl on the phone number +49 761 203-97779 or E-Mail thomas.pfohl@physik.uni-freiburg.de.
General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).
Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.
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