Postdoc (m/f/d) Computational Material Science

Teltow-Fläming, Brandenburg (DE)
an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits fo
April 12 2019
2019/B 11
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Postdoc (m/f/d)Computational Material Science

code no. 2019/B 11
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 Material Science with a focus on developing computational models for the description and characterization of macromolecular/polymeric systems (i.e. shape-memory polymers). This is initially a 2-years fixed term contract.

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.

Your tasks:

A primary objective of the position will be the development of computational models describing the process-structure-function relationship of stimuli-sensitive, multifunctional shape-memory polymer actuator materials on different hierarchical and time levels (multi-scale modelling).

Your profile:

You have a Ph.D. degree and experience in polymer physics, physics, engineering, computational science, or related fields. You have experience in the application of classical molecular dynamics with related force fields to study complex macromolecular systems, their deformation behaviour and uptake of small molecules like water and a profund knowledge in statistical, continuum and finite element mechanics all documented by a strong academic record. You have a proven ability in programming in both scripting and compiling code languages 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.

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 11including 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 10th, 2019
Workplace: Teltow
Contact: Vera Milkereit