Research Fellow / PhD position

 Technische Universität Dresden  Dresden
At TU Dresden the Cluster of Excellence ‘Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden’ (cfaed) offers a fixed-term position as
Research Fellow / PhD position
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)
Research area:
Self-organized synchronization in networks of mutually delay-coupled electronic oscillators
cfaed Investigators:
Prof. Gerhard Fettweis, Prof. Frank Jülicher
cfaed research path:
Biological Systems Path

The position starts as soon as possible and is fixed-term until the end of the project the 31.10.2017. Subject to the continued third-party funding of the cluster after 2017, the extension of the contract may be possible. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed-Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. PhD).
Position and Requirements
In the context of the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, we investigate the possibility of self-organized synchronization in networks of electronic oscillators as a means to maintain and/or achieve synchrony in electronic communication systems. During the first stage of this project it has been shown using biology as an inspiration that networks of phase-locked loops (PLLs) are able to synchronize in a self-organized way in the presence of signal transmission delays. Such delays are caused by the spatial separation of these electronic clocks.
The new PhD student will study the robustness of such mutually coupled networks against perturbations, such as parameter variations, and fluctuations caused by internal and external noise sources. This includes for example to study nonlinear stochastic dynamical systems, i.e. the influence of stochastically noise processes on system stability and transient behavior. Furthermore, it has to be investigated how such networks have to be initialized in order to efficiently boot into a specific synchronized state. In addition, experiments to compare and validate the theoretical results in experimental prototype networks are planned.
We aim at attracting the best talent in the respective research fields and look for: an outstanding university degree (master or equivalent) in electrical engineering; high interest to work and learn in an inter-disciplinary environment, in particular with the physicists involved from the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems; very good interpersonal and communication skills; in particular, the ability to effectively work in collaborative research efforts; an independent, target- and solution-driven work attitude; inter- and multidisciplinary thinking; strong motivation and interest to join one of the most ambitious interdisciplinary research clusters; fluency in English - written and oral.
What we offer
You will join a team of enthusiastic scientists who pursue creatively their individual research agenda inspired by the cluster’s innovative approach and support. Your PhD research will be fostered by the cfaed philosophy to promote young researchers which includes: access to state of the art research of leading academic institutes; individual supervision by a Thesis Advisory Committee; possibility to earn (seed) grants of up to € 10.000; promotion of gender equality and family-friendly work environment.
For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Wolfgang Rave at
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.
Application Procedure
Your application (in English only) should include: a motivation letter, a CV, the names and contact details of two references, copy of degree certificate, transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades) and proof of English language skills.
Complete applications should be submitted preferably by e-mail as a single PDF-document quoting the reference number PhD1606_I5 in the subject header (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data) or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Anett Eichner, 01062 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is 19.07.2016 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies). Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed. 
About cfaed
cfaed is a cluster of excellence within the German Excellence Initiative. As a central scientific unit of TU Dresden, it brings together 300 researchers from the university and 10 other research institutes in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. cfaed addresses the advancement of electronic information processing systems through exploring new technologies which overcome the limits of today’s predominant CMOS technology. For more information please see
About TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe and one of the eleven German universities that were identified as an ‘elite university’ in June 2012. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany.
How to apply:
e-mail or mail
Send application to or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Anett Eichner, 01062 Dresden, Germany.
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: PhD1606_I5

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