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PhD or Postdoc: Depinning of dislocations in random media

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The Department of Microsystems Engineering and the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Freiburg are calling for applications for

Two doctoral or postdoctoral researcher positions

We invite applications for two three-year junior scientist positions, to be filled either at a doctoral or a postdoctoral level at the University of Freiburg at the earliest possible start date. The positions are funded in a joint project by PIs Profs. Pastewka (Department of Microsystems Engineering) and Dondl (Department for Applied Mathematics) within SPP 2256 “Variational Methods for Predicting Complex Phenomena in Engineering Structures and Materials”. The project concerns the study of crystal dislocations from both an atomistic and a continuum perspective using computational as well as mathematical analytic tools. We are seeking candidates with a background in mathematics, physics or engineering. Please include any relevant documents in your application.

  • For the position in Mathematics, we are searching for a candidate with a strong interest in the calculus of variations and partial differential equations, including some stochastic aspects.
  • For the position in Microsystems Engineering, we are searching for a candidate with a strong interest in molecular dynamics and lattice dynamical calculations. The candidate should have experience with software development, ideally in C++ and Python.

Candidates for the doctoral researcher position are required have obtained a master's degree (or equivalent) at the start date, candidates for the postdoctoral researcher position need a doctoral degree.


Please contact Patrick Dondl ( or Lars Pastewka ( for more information about the advertised positions.

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