Postdoc (m/f/d) Computational Design of Multifunctional Polymer Materials

(near Berlin, Germany)
April 12 2019
2019/B 9
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The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is one of the 19 national institutions of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres e.V. (HGF). Around 950 employees carry out basic research and development work in close cooperation with national and international research institutions, research-oriented clinics and economic and public institutions.

At the Institute of Biomaterial Sciencesome 100 scientists research multi-functional, polymer-based biomaterials for applications in regernative medicine. Their implants and active agent delivery systems provide customised properties and functions to restore impaired body functions.

Postdoc (m/f/d)Computational Design of Multifunctional Polymer Materials

code no. 2019/B 9
The place of employment is Teltow (near Berlin, Germany).

The Institute of Biomaterial Science in Teltow of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and Berlin Brandenburg Centre for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT) invite applications for a Postdoc (m/f/d) Computational Design of Multifunctional Polymer Materials with a focus on the development of models describing the geometry-function relationship of shape changing multifunctional polymer materials (i.e. shape-memory polymers, liquid crystalline elastomers or smart hydrogels as well as composites or multicomponent systems thereof). This is initially a 2-years fixed term contract.

Your tasks:
A primary objective of the position will be the development of (computational) models describing and pridicting the multipe functions (effects) based on physical principles like mechanics, metastability, transportation/diffusion/motion or heat transfer, etc. with particular focus on shape changing structures with micro-scale design elements (i.e. geometry, (negative) Poisson's ratio).

Your profile:
You have a Ph.D. degree and experience in polymer physics, physics, material science, or related fields. You have experience in creating descriptive and predictive physical models as well as computational design model for polymer functions (i.e. actuation), all documented by a strong academic record. You have a proven ability in programming in both scripting and compiled languages (e.g. C, C++, Phyton), skills in algorithmic and implementation aspects, numerical analysis, code parallelization and code profiling. You have as well a profund knowledge in statistical, continuum and finite element mechanics and appropriate skills in software engineering using state-of-the-art object-oriented languages. You are eager to collaborate with chemist, material scientists, biologists, electrical engineers and researchers from other disciplines and to transfer your ideas to applications based research.

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including labs, research vessel, computer cluster, scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

For inquiries, please contact
Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr. Karl Kratz,
For details about the institute, please visit the website at

Interested? Please send your application indicating job offer code 2019/B 9including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.) including grades, and names and addresses of three academic referees to Attachments of your application preferentially should consist of one PDF file not exceeding 10 MB.

Closing date: May 8th, 2019
Workplace: Teltow
Contact: Vera Milkereit