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12 PhD and 2 Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in materials science

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The Centre for Advanced Materials (Zentrum für Hochleistungsmaterialien – ZHM) is a joint institution in Hamburg, Germany, bringing together scientists from universities and non-university research organizations in the area of materials science and technology. Since its foundation by Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG)and associated institutions in the greater area of Hamburg in 2015, it supports education of young scientists, joint research projects as well as transfer to application in cooperation with industry. The Graduate School for Materials Science, which has been established in 2016, provides a common platform for recruiting, training and networking of PhD students and early-career scientists. 

The Collaborative Research Centre SFB 986 “Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems – M³”, which is the leading project within the Centre for Advanced Materials, is entering its second, four-year funding period. The SFB 986 is a joint project of TUHH, HZG, the University of Hamburg (UHH), and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY). The SFB 986 is set to both develop and manufacture multi-scale structured materials with tailor-made mechanical, electrical, and photonic properties. Three interconnected project areas investigate this innovation potential:

A: Quasi-self-similar hierarchical materials systems
B: Nano-structured multi-phase materials systems and
C: Materials systems for photonics at high temperatures.

We invite applications from qualified candidates to fill the following research positions (m/f)

12 PhD and 2 Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in materials science

in the fields of

  • Functional nanomaterials and nanostructured composites
  • Surface/interface science
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Photonics
  • Micromechanical testing
  • Computational materials science

Details on the positions can be found at

Contact: Dr. Sophia Jördens, ZHM coordinator,

How to apply?

Please send your application (in English or German language) indicating the respective job offer code ZHM-16-XX as a single pdf-document (max. 5 MB) by e-mail to the given contact. The application should include (i) a motivation letter (max. 1 page), (ii) a CV with a list of publications, (iii) certificates and transcript of results, and (iv) at least 2 references. You may apply for one or several positions listed on the website. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your motivation letter. In case of several positions, please do so in order of preference. Closing date for applications is July 20, 2016.

Please note that your application serves as declaration of consent for the distribution of your documents among the principal investigators of all projects mentioned above.

We aim to increase the percentage of women at our institutions; therefore, women are enthusiastically encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with an equal qualification will be favored.

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