Research Training Group 2154 - Materials for Brain

Open positions within the Research Training Group 2154

The University of Kiel (CAU), Germany, is offering

1 Doctoral Position
within the Research Training Group 2154 “Materials for Brain”

starting from April 1st 2020. The positions will be awarded for three years. The weekly working time is 75% of a full employment (currently 29.025 hours). The salary corresponds to the level of E 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale.

The DFG-funded Research Training Group 2154 “Materials for Brain” investigates nano- and microscale therapeutically active coatings for their suitability as implants to treat three selected diseases of the brain (epilepsy, aneurysm, glioblastoma). The focus of research is on neuroimplants that allow localized and individualized therapy. The implants to be developed must be compact, biocompatible, resilient and highly flexible. These requirements primarily relate to the mechanical implant properties, which determine the stress on the surrounding tissue. A major focus of the advertised project is therefore the detailed mechanical modeling of different implants or implant components investigated in the Research Training Group 2154 and their modification due to the chemo-mechanical processes that ultimately lead to the degradation of the implants.
The profile of the Research Training Group 2154, with the cooperation between materials science and medicine, allows for an innovative research program and offers a training and qualification program with a strong interdisciplinary character. Further information at:


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for research project P12 "Chemomechanical continuum modeling of biocompatible degradation processes in thin-film implants".

The main tasks comprise the modeling and optimization of materials and engineering structures. New simulation models are to be developed for the behavior of the applied materials. Moreover, the tasks focus on efficient finite element calculations. The mechanical behavior of the investigated materials is characterized by an interaction of various phenomena on different scales, which can not only be captured by experiments only. The effects influencing the material behavior are to be modeled through a multiscale approach in order to predict the material properties as a function of the microstructure.

Our Offer
•    The research groups are located at the University of Kiel, the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein UKSH and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht with state-of-the-art lab facilities incl. cleanroom facility, MRI scanner, microscopy, EEG/electrophysiology, cell culture and corrosion laboratories
•    Comprehensive academic support program including subject-specific courses, soft skill training, research stays abroad, individual career coaching. Participation is mandatory
•    3-year employment contract, salaries according to German civil service pay scale E 13 TV-L, 75% of a full employment

Your Qualifications
•    Master's degree (or equal certificate) in materials science
•    Knowledge about the structure of single crystals
•    Strong background in the fields of linear finite element methods and nonlinear finite element methods
•    Profound experience in the computational treatment of geometric nonlinear plasticity models
•    Knowledge in computational modeling of inelastic material behavior
•    Very good English language skills in speaking and writing
•    Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and the ability to work efficiently in an interdisciplinary team

How to Apply
Kiel University aims at increasing the number of women in research and academic teaching and strongly encourages applications of accordingly qualified women. Women will be preferred, provided equal qualifications and scientific performance.

The CAU supports the employment of severely disabled persons. Therefore, severely disabled persons will be preferred, provided equal qualifications and scientific performance.

Applicants with a migration background are particularly welcomed.

The application documents must contain:
•    Letter of motivation
•    Curriculum vitae
•    Bachelor and Master certificate (or equal certificate)
•    secondary school leaving certificate qualifying your admission to higher education in your home country
•    two letters of recommendation from your recent academic supervisors or employers carrying the official university or company letterhead OR contact details of two referees.

Application deadline is February 18, 2020.

Please send an assembled PDF document to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Wulfinghoff
If you have any technical questions about the requirements profile and the associated tasks, please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Wulfinghoff.

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There are opportunities to carry out a Bachelor thesis, Master thesis Link or Dr. med. thesis in one of the participating groups. Please contact the GRK office or the Principal Investigators, if you are interested. 

There are also opportunities for student research assistants (HIWIs). Please contact the GRK office or the Principal Investigators, if you are interested.