Postdoc (m/f/d) Computational Design of Multimaterial Systems

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG)
German public tariff (TV-AVH)
November 17 2020
2020/B 15
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:

HZG is one of the 19 national institutions of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres e.V. (HGF). Around 1,000 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 Science some 100 scientists research multi-functional, polymer-based biomaterials for applications in regenerative 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 Multimaterial Systems

Reference code: 50042431_2 – 2020/B 15
Commencement date: as soon as possible for 2 years
The place of employment is Teltow (near Berlin).

The Institute of Biomaterial Science in Teltow of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht invites applications for a Postdoc (m/f/d) Computational Design of Multimaterial Systems with a focus on the development of models describing the geometry-function relationship of polymeric actuators and multimaterial 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 predicting the 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 mechanical or physics engineering, material science, or related fields. You have experience in creating descriptive and predictive physical models as well as computational design models 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++, Python), skills in algorithmic and implementation aspects, numerical analysis, code parallelization and code profiling. You have as well a profound 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 chemists, material scientists, biologists, mechanical engineers and to transfer your ideas to 3D demonstrators of your material design.

For details about the institute, please visit the website at

We offer

  • multinational work environment with over 1,000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a 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.

Interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2020/B 15.

Please start the online application process for this offered position via category Career & Campus.

Closing date: December 14th, 2020
Contact: Ms. Vera Milkereit