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Research Assistant (PhD or Post Doc) in the field Mechanics of Adaptive Systems at Ruhr-Univesität Bochum, Germany

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The Research Group Mechanics of Adaptive Systems at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) announces the available post for a

Research Assistant (PhD candidate or Post Doc)

with 39,83 working hours per week (work rate 100%), start date: as soon as possible, employment duration 3 years


  • Research and teaching in the field of Mechanics of Adaptive Systems
  • Research will be conducted on the interface between numerical simulations and experimental testing. Research is focused on the development of algorithms for the design and control of adaptive structures (mainly piezoelectric). Testing will be carried out on laboratory setups including adaptive structures in order to validate and improve a new design and control methodology
  • Control system setup and calibration via measurements; implementation of control algorithms; structural and actuation layout optimization for the synthesis of optimal adaptive structures.


  • Candidates with outstanding engineering or PhD degree in the broad area of structural engineering, mechanics and computation. A strong background in one of more of the following areas is required: structural mechanics, control systems, structural dynamics, structural optimization
  • Knowledge of Matlab is required.
  • Previous experience with Labview or dSPACE and structural analysis software as well as programming skills in Matlab/Python/C++ are preferred.
  • The candidate should be able to work independently and within a team.
  • Strong skills in spoken and written English are essential. German language skills are of advantage.

Salary in accordance with a limited working contract according to TV-L.

Interested candidates should submit their application exclusively per e-mail to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tamara Nestorović:

and enclose

1.      full CV – mandatory
2.       motivation letter – mandatory
3.      Diploma and full list of credits and grades of both BSc and MSc degrees and PhD if available (as well as their transcription to English if possible) – mandatory
4.      proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, …) – if available
5.      two reference letters – if available
6.      an English version of MSc or PhD thesis, or of a recent publication or assignment or any other a track of previous research activities – if available

Application deadline: 15.04.2019

For german version of the announcement see:

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