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PhD position: Implementation of self sealing by programmable mechanical metamaterials

The Excellence Cluster livMatS welcomes applications for a PhD position: Implementation of self sealing by programmable mechanical metamaterials | term for filing application: 13.07.2020
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The Excellence Cluster livMatS welcomes applications for a

PhD position: Implementation of self sealing by programmable mechanical metamaterials
Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: 01.08.2020

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.

The topic of the doctoral thesis is to transfer biological principles enabling self-sealing into technical materials by the use of programmable mechanical metamaterials. The work will focus on the design and implementation of mechanical meta material unit cells. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with livMatS PhD candidates in the fields of chemistry, physics and biology.

The new position is located at the Chair of Micro and Materials Mechanics at IMTEK and the Excellence Cluster livMatS.

We are looking for a candidate with an above-average Master's degree in materials, mechanics, bionics, physics, microsystems technology or similar with interest in a challenging research topic and the ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary environment. Very good English and German language skills are required.


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 currently limited to 65%, with an option for an additional 15% within the group of Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl.

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 00001107, by 13.07.2020 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
E-Mail: positions@livmats.uni-freiburg.de (please send one single PDF file only)
For further information, please contact Herr Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl on the phone number +49 761 5142-495 or E-Mail chris.eberl@iwm.fraunhofer.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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