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Doctoral Position in the area of Polymer Science

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is offering a Doctoral Position in the area of Polymer Science | term for filing application: 17.12.2018
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The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is offering a

Doctoral Position in the area of Polymer Science
Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: 15.01.2019

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.


The doctoral candidate will develop novel liquid crystalline elastomer (LCE) materials based on polymers that carry light responsive groups which upon irradiation undergo shape changes, for example through cis-trans-isomerizations. He or she will then collaborate with other doctoral candidates in livMatS to generate actuators based on the materials developed.


Candidates should hold an MSc degree in Chemistry or Materials Science or related fields. Excellent skills in the domain of polymer science are expected. Enthusiasm for top-quality research and good oral and written English communication skills are a must.


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 14.01.2022. 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 in a complete and convincing application in English the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000226, by date 17.12.2018 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Universität Freiburg
Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe
Georges-Köhler-Allee 103 / Raum 00109
79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS

E-Mail:
positions@livmats.uni-freiburg.de
For further information, please contact Herr Prof. Dr. Juergen Ruehe on the phone number +49 761 203-7161 or E-Mail sprecher@livmats.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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