Ph.D. Graduate Student Position for project
Position ID: 02/Physik/01-2018
The Leibniz-Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM), Permoserstr.15, in Leipzig, group of
Prof. Dr. Stefan G. Mayr invites applications for a
on “Biomaterials based actuators”.
Aims of the project:
Materials, which reveal property changes upon externally applied stimuli, offer an enormous potential for application in engineering and life sciences. Biomaterials based actuators that respond to modified environmental parameters with shape changes are particularly promising for medical products. As we could recently demonstrate, such “intelligent biomaterials” can conveniently be synthesized by treatment of suitable biopolymers with energetic electrons. The aims of this Ph.D. project are twofold: Firstly, parameter-property-relationships will be explored by systematic variation of the synthesis conditions. They will then be the basis for demonstration of tailored actuator prototypes. Besides experiments, also computer simulations can be employed to achieve the project goals. Extensive resources and know-how in all relevant areas are directly available within the group.
Outstanding candidates with a strong background in physics, materials science, chemistry or related disciplines and (in the case of computer modeling) programming skills are encouraged to apply. A complete M.Sc. / Diploma degree, as well as fluency in English are prerequisite.
The position is for 2 years with the option of renewal. Salary will be on the German TV-L 13 scale.
Working hours comply with the German TV-L regulations - 20 h/week (1/2 position).
The IOM encourages handicapped persons to apply, as they will be preferably considered given suitable health and technical qualifications. Furthermore, the institute aims to promote equal opportunity values and therefore encourages qualified women to apply. A balanced family-work environment is actively supported.
Interested applicants are encouraged to send their application documents, including CV, publication list and transcript of certificates (please mention position code 02/Physik/01-2018) before Feb. 16, 2018 as single pdf file to
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