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Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) for the CRC 1173 doctoral thesis project “Numerical analysis of multiscale methods”
(75 %)

Organizational unit

Institut für Analysis (IANA), Institut für Angewandte und Numerische Mathematik (IANM)

Job description

The Collaborative Research Center “Wave phenomena – analysis and numerics” (CRC 1173) has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2015. Its goal is to analytically understand, numerically simulate, and eventually manipulate wave propagation under realistic scenarios by intertwining analysis and numerics.

Nowadays a lot of new materials are artificially constructed and tailored to exhibit astonishing physical properties. These metamaterials are characterized by fine structures of different material components. Within mathematical models, this leads to partial differential equations with a coexistence of multiple spatial scales. However, standard numerical methods need to resolve all fine scales and thus have a prohibitive computational effort. Numerical multiscale methods in turn decompose the solution into a macroscopic and a fine-scale contribution allowing for an efficient approximation of the macroscopic solution on coarse meshes. In the project “Numerical analysis of multiscale methods (, we develop such schemes and prove a priori estimates for the discretization error. A main objective of this project is to develop and analyze multiscale methods for problems with nonlinearities, random perturbations, or multiscale dynamics.

We seek for an ambitious doctoral researcher with an interest in numerical methods for partial differential equations. You will study numerical (finite element based) multiscale methods and learn about their application to wave propagation and nonlinear problems. You will have the opportunity to attend conferences, workshops, and summer schools. Engagement in teaching is encouraged.

Starting date

as soon as possible

Personal qualification

The following qualifications are required:

  • Excellent Master or an equivalent degree in Mathematics.
  • Strong background in numerical methods for partial differential equations and numerical analysis.
  • Programming skills (in MATLAB, python or C++) are beneficial.
  • We expect good writing and oral communication skills in English along with the ability to work independently within an international team.


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

This is what we offer

We provide an inspiring, attractive, interdisciplinary, and internationally recognized scientific environment with access to excellent facilities of the KIT, a wide scope of advanced training options within our integrated research training group, and flexible working time models. Our CRC aims at the implementation of equal opportunities, it promotes diversity and supports persons with childcare or eldercare responsibilities as well as persons with disabilities. Funds for travel and guests are available through the CRC.

Contract duration

limited to three years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Barbara Verfürth,, or Ms Laurette Lauffer,


Please apply online via

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest, contact information for two referees, and copies of degree certificate(s).

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.