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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg | Institut für Werkstoffsimulation (WW8)

PhD position / Postdoc position

  • Online seit 22.01.2021
  • 210122-442317
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PhD position (for three years) or postdoc position

Shape Memory Alloy Film Damping for Smart Miniature Systems

Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are a group of functional materials with a high potential in biomedical and microsystems applications. They show unique properties like the superelastic effect (SE) or thermal shape memory effect (SME) due to a martensitic phase transformation, which allows the engineering and control of dissipative processes at large stress and strain levels up to 500 MPa and 5%, respectively. The large surface-to-volume ratio of thin SMA films leads to rapid heat transfer in the millisecond range enabling control of microsystem applications.
We are looking for a person with background in physics, materials science, numerics or computational engineering. The candidate will work at the Institute of Materials Simulation at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg on modeling and simulation both on the material and on the system level to extend the concept of SMA dampers to a small length scale. The work is conducted in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (micro fabrication). Close cooperation and communication with the scientific partners is expected. The candidate should have good skills in (several) of the following: continuum mechanics, thermodynamics, programming, data analysis and simulation. Existing finite element SMA models will be extended to capture complex dynamics of the thermo-mechanical coupling. Reduced order representations will be found and applied to multi-degree of freedom systems.
At the Institute of Materials Simulation (WW8), Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, modeling and simulation studies on a broad range of disordered systems, network structures and functional materials, from atomistic to continuum scales are conducted (information: www.matsim.techfak.uni-erlangen.de). Recent simulation tools, both open source and commercial, are available, and access to high performance computing is provided. The PhD thesis has a pronounced interdisciplinary character and opens views into different fields of materials science, micro technology and simulation. The project is part of a priority program of the German Science Foundation (SPP 1897) and will require attendance of regular workshops with participants, publication of scientific results in international journals and presentation on international conferences. The time duration of the PhD thesis is scheduled for three years, which will be ensured by close supervision and collaboration within an interdisciplinary team.
The position is full-time, and payment follows the German TV-L 13 (75%) scale. Starting date is as soon as possible, please send applications in electronic form (pdf) only. The Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg promotes the employment of women in research and teaching positions and, therefore, strongly encourages female researchers to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification.


Field of activity

  • Extending material models for SMAs to study dynamic effects
  • Conducting FEM simulations of single/multiple damper structures
  • Writing manuscripts for publication in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Traveling to KIT (Karlsruhe) to learn about materials and techniques
  • Participation at national and international conferences

Necessary proficiency

  • Master degree/doctoral degree in physics, materials science, computational engineering (or similar)
  • Strong background in continuum mechanics, thermodynamics, finite element method
  • Preliminary experience in scientific programming / scripting

Desirable proficiency

  • Some background in functional materials (shape memory alloys, ferroelectrics)
  • Numerical methods
  • Good skills in spoken and written English
  • Enthusiasm for learning, communicating and teaching


Payment follows the German TV-L 13 scale
The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg intends to increase the number of women in research and teaching positions and, therefore, strongly encourages female researchers to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification.


Further detailed information / applications to:

Dr. Frank Wendler
Department Werkstoffwissenschaften
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffsimulation (WW8)
Dr.-Mack-Str. 77
90762 Fürth
Tel. +49 911 65078-65067
Fax +49 911 65078-65066
E-Mail: frank.wendler@fau.de


Art der Beschäftigung
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
Nach Vereinbarung
TVL-13 (75%)
Sonntag, 28. Februar 2021 - 23:59


Hochschule / Einrichtung
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Institut / Einrichtung
Institut für Werkstoffsimulation (WW8)
Dr.-Mack-Str. 77
90762 Fürth, Deutschland
Herr Dr. Frank Wendler




Herr Dr. Frank Wendler




Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg | Institut für Werkstoffsimulation (WW8)


Dr.-Mack-Str. 77
90762 Fürth