TUHH is a modern and dynamic university, striving for international excellence in research and teaching. It provides the ideal conditions for unlocking the knowledge and innovative potential related to today’s technological challenges by combining its engineering expertise in the three focal areas of Green Technologies, Life Science Technologies and Aviation and Maritime Systems with cross-cutting research on digitalisation and new materials. As a part of its educational strategy, TUHH is developing new, international degree programmes for tomorrow’s engineers, building on its excellent reputation for innovation in teaching and learning for the engineering sciences

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts international cutting-edge research for a changing world: approximately 1,100 employees generate knowledge and innovation toward more resilience and sustainability. The Hereon’s scientific spectrum encompasses high-performance materials, processes and environmentally friendly technologies for mobility and new energy systems. Furthermore, research is conducted on biomaterials for medicine and for increasing quality of life. Through research and consulting, the Hereon addresses the challenges of climate change in a solution-oriented manner and facilitates sustainable management as well as the protection of the coasts and marine environment through comprehensive scientific understanding. From basic understanding to practical applications – the interdisciplinary research centre covers a unique spectrum. As part of an international network and as a member of the Helmholtz Association, the Hereon supports political, economic and societal institutions in shaping the future through the transfer of its expertise.

The TUHH and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon have been collaborating very successfully in the field of materials science for many years. For example, a joint centre for high-performance materials was founded, and both partners cooperate closely in the Collaborative Research Center 986 “Tailored Multiscale Materials Systems” and the Hamburg XProject “Center for Integrated Multiscale Materials Systems”. In order to expand this partnership and to complement their expertise in atomic-scale modelling, TUHH and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon are jointly announcing the following professorship:


Ref. No. P2110

We are looking for a candidate with a proven track record at the interface between machine learning and modelling of materials. In modelling of materials, the candidate’s research should preferably focus on the continuum scale and related methods such as the finite element method. In machine learning, research should ideally focus on the following areas:

  • Methods for the efficient coupling of theory-based computer simulations and machine learning in materials research
  • Machine learning for linking theory-based computer simulations with materials data from mechanical experiments and imaging
  • Methods for exploiting big data

      Due to their high complexity, biological systems are one of the most important application areas of data-based methods and machine learning. Therefore, candidates should ideally have proven expertise at the interface between imaging, materials science, biology and medicine.

      The duties of the professorship include teaching at TU Hamburg across the whole range of materials science and machine learning both at bachelor and master level and both in German and English. Candidates should preferably have a knowledge of German at level C2 and English at level C1 (CEFR standard). Moreover, they should have substantial international experience and connections. Ideal candidates should be aware of the importance of gender equality and diversity and are expected to advance their interpersonal and leadership skills in the future

        The professorship will be based at the Institute for Continuum and Material Mechanics of the TU Hamburg and at the Institute of Material Systems Modeling at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. It will be closely linked to the Center for Integrated Multiscale Materials Systems (CIMMS), whose overarching objective is the development of the foundations for manufacturing bio-inspired, three-dimensional, multi-scale, multi-functional, hybrid and integrated materials systems starting from the nanoscale.

        The successful applicant will be appointed professor at the TUHH. Subsequently, they will be assigned to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon to the extent of 49% (Junior Professor).

        TUHH and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon are equal opportunity employer and particularly welcome and encourage applications from women. Women are underrepresented among professors at the TU Hamburg. They will therefore be given preferential consideration in the case of equivalent qualifications. Applications by disabled persons with equal qualifications will be given preference.

        The deadline for applications is February 3, 2022.

        Applications can be submitted in German or English. Please upload your application (including CV, Ref. No., a list of publications, relevant certificates, overview of research activities and teaching experience). Please note that TUHH will forward your application documents to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon for consideration.

        For questions, please contact the Vice President Research, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Irina Smirnova, via e-mail

        Please note that the specification of professors' responsibilities is subject to review at regular intervals in accordance with Section 12 (7) of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG). The hiring requirements according to Section 18 HmbHG apply. To find out more about the hiring process and hiring requirements please visit

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