PhD student (m/f/d) in civil engineering and / or architectural design

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Solid State Research & Material Sciences

Job Code: 22/2022

Job offer from July 15, 2022

The Department of Biomaterials (Director Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Fratzl) at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) in Potsdam, Germany invites applications from young scientists for the position of a PhD student (m/f/d) in civil engineering and/or architectural design.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student (m/f/d) with a background in civil engineering and / or architectural design.

The candidate should have a profile showing the following aspects:

  • High motivation
  • Ability for both independent and team work
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Completed academic education in civil engineering or architecture
  • Experiences in computational structural analysis
  • Further qualification in computational design and prototyping
  • Language skills in English in speech and writing

The MPI-CI combines scientific excellence with exceptional commitment in the supervision and support of young researchers. The position will be part of the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity« in the project »Material Form Function« to investigate biomimetic support structures made of biogenic materials which are embedded in local ecosystems, such as forests. These investigations will be carried out using analogue experiments and models as well as digital simulations, such as the finite element method or the discrete element method, and will be closely linked to computational design methods. Experience in the design and implementation of full-scale architectural prototypes is desirable. The work is carried out in close cooperation with an interdisciplinary team of material scientists, designers and cultural scientists.

The position is available starting from 01.01.2023.

To submit your candidature please send an email to: , with subject »PhD MFF MoA – [Name, Surname]«, with attached PDF version of your CV, sample of your work and a short cover letter.

Please send us your application in English until 22.08.2022.

The candidate CV will be evaluated internally according to the project and the best candidates will be invited for an online interview. After the online interview the interviewed candidates will receive an email with the final decision.

The accepted candidate will join the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in the Biomaterials Department led by Professor Dr. Dr.h.c. Peter Fratzl with co-supervision by Professor Dr.-Ing. Karola Dierichs and Dr. Michaela Eder.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. 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. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

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