PhD position (m/f) Physics and Engineering

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The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization at Göttingen, Germany, is an international research institute. It performs both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 280 people.
In the laboratory of the department “Fluid Dynamics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity” we seek to fill a
PhD position (m/f).

The position
The PhD position is limited to three years. The starting date is flexible, but should start as soon as possible.
Research areas for the PhD student include:
  • Experimental investigation of highly turbulent thermal convection.
  • Heat transport in turbulent shear layers.
Your Profile
We are looking for excellent, enthusiastic and self-motivated early-career researchers with good communication skills to join our research team.
The PhD candidate should have
  • a Master’s degree (or comparable) in physics, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics or related disciplines from a recognized university,
  • interest in fluid dynamics, turbulence, experimental physics, programming,
  • strong experimental background,
  • strong quantitative skills (data analysis, programming),
  • eagerness to learn new skills and apply established ones,
  • ability and desire to work in a multi-disciplinary international team,
  • good command of English language, German is an asset.

Our offer
We are offering excellent working conditions in a highly international research environment and close collaborations with medical doctors and biologists.
Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists. Working hours are fulltime, salary is 2/3 of E13 TVöD-Bund.
The Max-Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application
If you are interested in joining our group, please send your CV, a motivation letter, publication list, and two letters of r eference, quoting reference no. 06-2016 by email in one pdf file to Application deadline is the 10th of September 2016.

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Stephan Weiß
Am Faßberg 17, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
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MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Stephan Weiß
Am Faßberg 17, 37077 Göttingen, Germany

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Niedersachsen)
Working place
37077 Göttingen
Area of expertise
Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

About Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation

Das Institut wurde in 1924 unter Leitung von Ludwig Prandtl gegründet, in 1969 erweitert und umstrukturiert durch Hinzunahme von drei molekularphysikalisch orientierten Abteilungen. 1993 Schließung der strömungsphysikalisch orientierten Abteilung. 1996 Berufung von Theo Geisel und Eröffnung der Abteilung Nichtlineare Dynamik. 1996 Schließung der Abteilung...

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