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At the Institute of Scientific Computing (IWR - Mathematics Department) and within the framework of the Dresden Center of Computational Materials Science (DCMS), in the newly established interdisciplinary Mesoscale Material Modeling Group, a position as


Research Associate / Ph.D. Student

(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)


is offered, with 75% or 100% of the full-time weekly hours for a total duration of 3 years. Extensions or variations may be considered. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualifications (e.g., Ph.D.).



The position is framed within the project entitled “A mesoscale framework for the modeling of defects and interfaces in crystals”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG - Emmy Noether Programme). This project addresses the mesoscale modeling of crystalline systems. It builds on the phase-field crystal (PFC) model and its amplitude expansion (APFC), which provide convenient coarse-grained descriptions of crystalline structures. It aims at i) delivering novel theoretical tools that bridge micro- and macroscopic features while studying crystals accounting for real material properties, ii) overcoming limitations of current state-of-the-art theoretical approaches in this field through new and hybrid approaches, iii) enabling applications to technology-relevant crystalline systems and related open problems in materials science. Figure: APFC simulation of the growth of a polycrystal npj Comput. Materials 5, 48 (2019).



TASKS: i) Development of phase-field and phase-field crystal models for studying crystal properties (and complementary methods for selected comparisons); ii) Data analysis and quantitative comparison with experiments; iii) Implementation of models in computer codes for numerical simulations, in particular exploiting the software environment AMDiS/DUNE; iv) Conduct numerical studies, also on HPC facilities. Further specific tasks may be tailored to the attitude and interest of the Ph.D. student.


REQUIREMENTS: i) Masters degree in Mathematics, Physics, Materials Sciences or related subjects. ii) Basic knowledge in computer programming (e.g. Python, Matlab, C++). iii) Excellent knowledge of the English language; iv) High problem-solving ability, motivation/interest in scientific research, willingness to learn, propensity to work in group. Previous experience in numerical methods / simulations and/or theoretical material modelling will be considered preferentially.


HOW TO APPLY: Please send your application including a motivation letter, CV, a letter of recommendation, and university certificates (i.e., list of coursework with grades) to Dr. Marco Salvalaglio,, possibly via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal as a single PDF or by mail to TU Dresden, Faculty of  Mathematics, Institute of Scientific Computing, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. Your application documents will not be returned, therefore please submit only copies.  Any costs incurred will not be covered. Application will be considered as they arrive.


We embrace TU-Dresden commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities. Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities. The reconciliation of family and work-life is highly valued. The position is generally suitable for part-time employees.

Reference to data protection: Your data protection rights, the purpose for which your data will be processed, as well as further information about data protection is available on the website:

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Collaborations with internationally renowned researchers in the field are planned. Exchanges and short research stays abroad may be arranged. Within the DCMS framework, the PhD student will also have the possibility to choose the main subject for her/his PhD (within compatible ones). The activity will be mostly based at IWR, TU-Dresden. This university is among the top universities in Germany and Europe and one of the eleven German ”University of Excellence”. Moreover, Dresden is one of the most beautiful towns in Germany and evolved in recent years to both an internationally recognized scientific center and a renowned tourist destination. It uniquely combines an outstanding scientific environment, a vivid cultural scene, wonderful nature and affordable costs of living. (Figures: (top) Detail of TU-Dresden main lecture hall, (center) Dresden view from Waldschlöchenbrücke, (bottom) Sächsische Schweiz National Park from Bastei).

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