For the Institute of Advanced Ceramics of the Hamburg University of Technology for the earliest possible date, we are looking for a:



Full time, limited to 30.06.2024. The remuneration is in accordance with TV-L 13  .

No.: 33921WM9

At the crossroad between materials engineering, chemistry and mechanics, the development of new multiscale materials is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research. Following the lessons learnt from biomaterials in the last two decades, the next challenge for materials engineering is re-creating in the lab the exquisite hierarchical nano- and micro-structures that provide natural materials with their unique and outstanding set of mechanical and functional properties.

Hamburg’s SFB 986 is a Collaborative Research Center where engineers, chemists and physicists join forces towards the development of new tailor-made multiscale materials systems. In Area A, the focus is on enhancing the mechanical behavior of traditionally brittle ceramic materials, via targeted fostering of optimized materials designs down to the smallest scales. We combine self-assembly and colloidal techniques with state-of-the-art structural and mechanical characterization methodologies.


The focus of this 2.5-year postdoc project is on:

  • The controlled assembly of nano-sized building blocks into architectures tailored for improved mechanical performance, with an open eye for multifunctionality;
  • Supercrystalline nanocomposites and self-assembled functionalized nanoparticles;
  • Fostering their emergent collective properties;
  • Embedding them into macroscale materials via a variety of experimental techniques.

Multiple collaborations are set up within and outside of the SFB, for a deeper understanding of process and characterization parameters, and relying on both cutting-edge experimental and multiscale modeling methods.


Talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent analytical and communication skills are encouraged to apply.

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) in Materials Science, Chemistry or a related discipline is required, as well as a strong background in nanoengineering, physico-chemistry, colloidal science and experimental lab-work.
  • Experience and interest in mechanical behaviour of materials, nanoparticle and polymer chemistry, X-ray and electron microscopy-based characterization, and design of experiments are of benefit.


  • A versatile workplace in the public sector
  • Flexible and family-friendly working conditions
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • Special conditions in selected sports and fitness clubs
  • Possibility to acquire the HVV-Proficard
  • Comprehensive training and further education offer

More information about the project can be obtained from Prof. D. Giuntini, e-mail:, and Prof. G.A. Schneider, e-mail:

You can respond to this vacancy including: cover letter (stating personal goal and research interests connecting to one or more of the topics defined above); complete Curriculum Vitae including publications; motivated selection of your 5 most relevant publications; proof of completed training and/or university degree.

We look forward to receiving your online application by 17.02.2022

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