Research Fellow (Material Science, Physics)

 Technische Universität Dresden  Dresden
At TU Dresden, the Cluster of Excellence ‘Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden’ (cfaed) the ‘Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis’ (DCN) offers, subject to granted funds, a fixed-term position as
Research Fellow
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)
Research area:
New methods of advanced thermal barrier and environmental barrier coating deposition and characterization (ATEC)
cfaed Investigators:
Prof. Ehrenfried Zschech
cfaed research path:
Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis
50% of the fulltime weekly hours, the position starts as soon as possible and is fixed-term to 31.12.2017. Subject to the continued third-party funding of the project after 2017, the extension of the contract may be possible. The period of employment is governed by § 2 Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. PhD).
Position and Requirements
The work should be carried out in parts using the local infrastructure at the DCN (2/3rd of the time) and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) (1/3rd of the time) in Dresden/Klotzsche.
The main focus of the project is concerned with the 3D characterization of environmental and thermal barrier coatings of porous ceramic materials using X-ray imaging techniques. The results thus obtained shall be correlated to mechanical properties that are to be determined by indentation experiments and bending tests. Furthermore, also the modeling of these porous structures by finite element methods will play an essential role.
We aim at attracting the best talent in the respective research fields and look for: an outstanding university master degree (or equivalent) in material science, physics or related field of physical sciences; strong knowledge in X-ray or electron microscopy and/or micro- and nanomechanics; previous experience in ceramic materials or protective coatings; ideally prior experience with finite element modelling; 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 DCN has to offer
You will join the DCN team of enthusiastic scientists who pursue creatively their individual research agenda inspired by the cluster’s innovative approach and support. For your PhD research we offer the following: possibility to work in a new established centre within a challenging interdisciplinary environment; international research programs; promotion of gender equality and family-friendly work environment.
Informal enquiries can be submitted to Administration Manager, Linda Kriusk, Tel +49 (351) 463 41093; Email: For scientific questions please contact: Prof. Dr. Ehrenfried Zschech, Tel. +49 (351) 88815 543; Email:
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.
Application Procedure
Your application (in English only) should include: motivation letter, CV, 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 PhD1511-DCN in the subject header to (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data) or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Grünberg, 01062 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is 15.12.2015 (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 DCN                                                                                     
The new Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis (DCN) at TU Dresden was established in November 2012 and officially opened in April 2013. The Center, as a platform of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Center for Advancing Electronics’, is particularly focused on advanced analysis of kinetic processes in nanoscale materials and structures, with the goal to become an internationally visible center of competence as well as a European user facility in the field of solid state and materials analysis.
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:
email or mail
Send application to or TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Grünberg, 01062 Dresden, Germany
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: PhD1511-DCN

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