Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

Ph.D. Student or Postdoc Positions at University of Freiburg

created by dondl on 15 Sep 2023
modified on 19 Sep 2023

Deadline: 16 oct 2023

We invite applications for two three-year junior scientist positions, to be filled either at a doctoral or a postdoctoral level at the University of Freiburg at the earliest possible start date. The positions are funded in a joint project by PIs Profs. Pastewka (Department of Microsystems Engineering) and Dondl (Department for Applied Mathematics) within SPP 2256 “Variational Methods for Predicting Complex Phenomena in Engineering Structures and Materials”. The project concerns the theoretical study of adhesion of soft materials in contact with rough interfaces. The candidates will employ continuum simulation techniques (boundary element method and line tension models) as well well as mathematical analytic tools. We are seeking candidates with a background in mathematics, engineering or physics.

- For the position in Mathematics, we are searching for a candidate with a strong interest in the calculus of variations and partial differential equations, including some stochastic aspects.

- For the position in Microsystems Engineering, we are searching for a candidate with interest in incorporating material disorder into numerical solutions of continuum mechanical problems. The candidate should have a strong background in continuum mechanics and some experience with software development, ideally in Python.

The University of Freiburg seeks to increase the number of female scientists and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply for the position. The university is committed to providing a family-friendly workplace. We request applications in the form of a single PDF document to be sent to the email contact below.

The deadline for applications is October 16, 2023. Please direct any questions regarding the research project to the respective PIs.