At the Institute of Polymers and Composites ( at the Hamburg University of Technology the following position - limited for 3 years - is to be filled at the earliest possible date

Research Associate / Research Associate
Fee group 13 TV-L, code no.: D-19-17

The FHH promotes equality between women and men. Women are under-represented in the area for which this position is advertised within the meaning of § 3 Sec. 1 of the Hamburg Equal Opportunities Act (HmbGleiG). We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. They are given priority in the event of equal suitability, competence and professional performance. Severely disabled and equal disabled persons have priority over applicants of equal aptitude, competence and professional performance who are not privileged by law.

Field of activity:
Doctorate within the subproject A5 "Infiltration of amorphous/hierarchical carbons" in the newly established research training group 2688 "Processes in natural and technical Particle Fluid Systems - PintPFS".

The Research Training Group, which was founded by eight scientists from the TUHH in the fields of civil engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science, is dedicated to the investigation of various processes in particle fluid systems (PFS). These are subdivided into natural PFS, e.g. soils, and technical PFS, e.g. nanoporous substances such as aerogels, and are examined and researched using experimental and numerical methods. Special about the Research Training Group is the promotion and research of young scientists in a highly interdisciplinary environment, in which the various research laboratories at the TUHH (e.g. the Electron Microscopy unit) and various cooperation partners such as the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (HZG) and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) are integrated.

An excellent support and promotion of the scientific personnel as well as an international scientific exchange is guaranteed by an extensive guest and workshop program, a specialized lecture program and furthermore by interdisciplinary qualification possibilities of the Graduate Academy for Technology and Innovation of the TUHH as well as by Pro Exzellenzia for the further education of women in the natural sciences.

The infiltrability of microporous materials plays a decisive role in the storage capacity of batteries and supercapacitors. By investigating the processes on the sub-nanometer scale using ab-initio and molecular dynamics simulations, these will be investigated at the atomic level and possible optimization strategies identified.

First, realistic atomic models of amorphous and hierarchical carbon structures are developed for further simulation. The influence of different functional groups (e.g. carboxyl or hydroxyl groups) will be investigated in detail. Hierarchical materials, such as the in-house produced carbon nanotube forests, are investigated in close cooperation with the institute's experimenters.

Completed scientific university studies, in particular in physics, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, materials science or similar (preferably with specialisations in physics informatics or chemoinformatics).

Special knowledge in the field of free energy calculation using classical molecular dynamics simulations, e.g. with LAMMPS and metadynamics, or density functional theory simulations, e.g. with VASP, as well as very good knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably C, C++, Python) is required. Very good written and oral English would be advantageous.

For further information, please contact Prof. Meißner at +49 40 42878-2580.

Applications with a curriculum vitae in table form and the usual documents must be sent by 28.02.2019 stating the identification number D-19-17 to:

Hamburg University of Technology
Personnel Department PV32/G -
21071 Hamburg, Germany

Or by e-mail to

Due to the large number of applications, the Technical University of Hamburg can only return application documents that are accompanied by a sufficiently stamped and addressed self-addressed envelope. Please do not submit originals.