Doctoral Fellowship in Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-Autonomous Materials Systems

University of Freiburg


Doctoral Fellowship for Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) launches an open call for 1 Hermann Staudinger Doctoral Fellowship | term for filing application: 24.04.2020

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The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) launches an open call for

1 Hermann Staudinger Doctoral Fellowship

Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: At the earliest possible date.

Research program

livMatS aims to develop completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. To achieve this scientific objective, livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences. Research is carried out in four interlinking research areas which target Concepts for Energy Autonomy and Integration, Concepts for Adaptive and Active Materials Systems, Concepts for the Longevity of Systems Functions, and Societal Challenges – Sustainability Assessment and Investigation of Psychological, Philosophical, and Ethical Implications of Living Materials Systems. Research in the different research areas will be integrated through the development of technology demonstrators.

Application criteria

The Cluster invites applications from exceptional candidates in the fields specified above who are committed to interdisciplinary research in a cutting-edge environment. Key selection criteria include the applicants’ thematic fit to the livMatS research foci, their academic performance and references, and the quality and feasibility of their planned project. In particular, your project pitch should include a working title, your research question(s), references to key papers, your idea and its contribution to livMatS research program. Applicants should have a Master’s degree in one of the fields specified above. We expect enthusiasm, a strong motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team, and good self-organization. Fluency in English is mandatory.

What we offer

You will have access to university research infrastructure, including modern laboratory space and state-of-the-art facilities at the Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT). In addition, you will join an international team of over forty senior scientists and thirty early career researchers and have access to career advancement training and international networking opportunities within our cluster and at the University of Freiburg. Doctoral positions at livMatS are part-time positions (65%) and are limited to 36 months. The salary is determined in accordance with TV-L E 13.

Application process

It will be carried out in two stages. Please follow the instructions at for submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates selected during the first stage of the application process will receive an invitation to build and present an extended project proposal during the second stage.

The position is limited to 36 months.
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00000987, by 24.04.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Please follow the instructions at for submitting your application.
For further information, please contact Herr Gregg Dubow on the phone number +49 761 +49 761 203-95111 or E-Mail .

General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).

Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.

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