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Doctoral Position in the area of Biology, Biomechanics or Biopyhsics

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is offering a Doctoral Position in the area of Biology, Biomechanics or Biopyhsics | term for filing application: 31.12.2018
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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 Biology, Biomechanics or Biopyhsics
Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: 01.02.2019

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.

In the framework of a biomimetic bottom-up approach, biological studies will include an initial screening and an in-depth quantitative analysis of suitable role models to learn exemplarily from biological material separation (e.g. abscission) as to functional morphology and biomechanics. On the basis of closely related plant species which can in some species easily, in other species not at all, abscise plant parts, the structural basis for these features shall be analyzed quantitatively and comparatively. Morphological and anatomical analyses in conjunction with test series of global and local mechanical properties (under varying environmental conditions such as e.g. water supply) will be used to identify the relevant key parameters of separation or long-term connection of biological materials systems for further modeling and development of bioinspired materials systems. In an interdisciplinary collaboration with project partners from various scientific disciplines, modelling and simulations will be carried out, technical materials systems will be designed, and manufactured and material ontologies will be created.

Applicants must hold a M.Sc. in the fields of biology, biomechanics or biophysics. Key competences for understanding the structure-function-relationships in plants are quantitative analyses based on morphological-anatomical and biomechanical experiments. Knowledge and experience in histo-chemical procedures, imaging methods (e.g. LM, TEM, SEM, µ-CT, 3D-analyses with ARAMIS) as well as multi-scale mechanical testing, a good knowledge about plant diversity, and experience in the field of statistical analyses will be greatly appreciated. Essential tasks are the data preparation for later modelling and contribution to the development of bioinspired materials systems within the interdisciplinary cooperation of the project partners.

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 (the latter if applicable)
  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (BA and MA certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)
  • Short summary of your bachelor and master thesis (up to 1,000 words)
  • Work sample (chapter from most recent thesis or from 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 31.01.2022. 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 the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000231, by date 31.12.2018 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dr. Monika Schulz
Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe und bioinspirierte Technologien (FIT)
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105
D-79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS

For further information, please contact Frau Dr. Olga Speck on the phone number +49 761 203-2803 or E-Mail
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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