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PhD position in Materials Mechanics/Numerics/Statistical Physics “Continuum dislocation dynamics modelling” (f/m/d)

Organizational unit

Institut für Angewandte Materialien - Computational Materials Science (IAM-CMS)

Job description

Development of advanced materials for high-end applications is driven by the increasing understanding of the dynamics and properties of defect microstructures, leading to the ability to synthesize and control materials microstructures to meet specific application demands. Dislocation motion is the fundamental physical mechanism of the plastic deformation process in crystalline materials. Whereas macroscopic plasticity models introduce different simplifications and approximations, small scale simulation techniques incorporate the underlying physical effect but are restricted by their high numerical effort and computation time. The goal is to further develop a physically based continuum method, which preserves important physical phenomena and yields a continuum representation of dislocation motion based on statistical physics. With the incorporation of a meaningful homogenization of dislocation ensembles, an advanced numerical formulation shall be established which bridge the modelling of plastic material behavior from the micro to the macro scale.

Starting date

as soon as possible

Personal qualification

Candidates should hold an MSc degree (or equivalent) in material science, numerical mathematics, mechanical engineering, or physics with a solid theoretical background and interest in statistical physics and numerics. Applicants should have sound knowledge and strong interest in the areas of material mechanics and numerical programming. Additional knowledge of finite elements, C/C++, modern data analysis, or experience with other simulation methods is an asset. In addition, good language skills in German and/or English as well as a high motivation and the ability to work in teams are expected.


The remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in Germany in TV-L, E13.

Contract duration


Application up to

July 3rd, 2021

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. PD Dr.-Ing. Katrin Schulz,


Interested candidates are asked to send a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and grades to

We prefer to balance the number of female and male employees. Therefore, we kindly encourage female applicants to apply for this job.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.