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W3-Professorship for Ceramic Composites Technology

Organizational unit

Division III - Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Applied Materials (IAM), KIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

Job description

In a joint procedure and as of the next possible date, KIT and DLR invite applications for employment as W3 Professor for Ceramic Composites Technology in Division III, KIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. The professorship will be affiliated to the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM).

Candidates should have an outstanding scientific qualification in the area of composites, in particular ceramic composites, with acknowledged expertise in technology, structures, and design. Moreover, in-depth experience in the area of machine learning/materials informatics is required and the candidate should be able to adequately impart the corresponding contents to students at KIT. Academic education work will include lectures and exercises in both German and English in the amount of two hours per week per semester.

At DLR’s Institute of Structures and Design in Stuttgart, the candidate will head the Ceramic Composites and Structures Unit with more than 20 employees. Work focuses on the production and development of ceramic composites, their characterization, design of components, and analysis of material and component behavior by means of numerical simulation and non-destructive testing. Use of the corresponding modeling and digitalization tools shall be further increased. Scientific and economic development of the Unit is based on research financed from basic funds and projects funded by third parties, mainly by industry.

The candidate selected will be appointed professor at KIT according to the Jülich model and will head the Ceramic Composites and Structures Unit of DLR’s Institute of Structures and Design in Stuttgart. KIT and DLR plan to continue their close cooperation in the area of ceramic composites in research and academic education and extend it by the joint use of resources.

Starting date

zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt / as soon as possible

Personal qualification

Disciplinary and scientific leadership experience will be indispensable. Social competence and integration capacity will be required together with the willingness and entrepreneurial capability to shape and specifically develop the Unit. The future holder of the position should be experienced in acquiring and executing collaboration projects and have a network of national and international partners from science and industry. For academic education at KIT, excellent didactic skills and pedagogic qualification will be required.

Candidates should have a habilitation degree or an equivalent qualification that may also have been acquired outside of the university. Employment conditions as outlined in § 47 LHG (Law of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges) in conjunction with § 20 KITG (KIT-Gesetz) shall apply.

Contract duration


Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For questions regarding this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Seifert, Tel. +49 721 608-23895 / -46230, E-Mail:


Kindly mail your applications, including the usual documents (CV, list of publications, graduation and other certificates, teaching evaluations, documentation of previous and planned research and teaching activities, research and teaching concept), in written and electronic form to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Division III – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Division Head Professor h.c. Dr. Joachim Knebel, Dekanat der KIT-Fakultät für Maschinenbau, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany,, (preferably in a single PDF file). For a comparative evaluation of applications, please submit the CV and the (planned) research and teaching concept in English. We would like you to note that your application documents will be forwarded to DLR.

KIT and DLR wish to increase the proportion of female professors and, hence, strongly encourage qualified women to apply. Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

The KIT is certified as a family-friendly university and offers part-time employment, leaves of absence, a Dual Career Service and coaching to actively promote work-life-balance.

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The processing of personal data by the DLR is carried out under the terms of the contract for commissioned data processing between KIT and DLR according to article 26 DSGVO.

A prerequisite for employment at DLR is willingness to undergo a security check in accordance with the national security check law (Sicherheitsüberprüfungsgesetz §8 ff SÜG).

About DLR:

The Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (German Aerospace Center, DLR) is the aeronautics and space research center and space agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. About 9,000 employees conduct research into a unique variety of issues in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security, and digitalization. DLR’s missions extend from fundamental research to the development of innovative applications and tomorrow’s products.