Doctoral Researcher Position (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW)

The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden – in short IFW Dresden – is a nonuniversity research institute and a member of the Leibniz Association. The IFW employs approximately 600 people and one focus is on the training of young scientists besides enhancing fundamental and applied research development. At the highest international level, the IFW operates modern materials science on a scientific basis and makes the obtained results useful for the economy. The complex and interdisciplinary research work is carried out within the IFW by five scientific institutes, which are supported by a highly developed technical infrastructure. The IFW supports its employees in reconciling work and family life and regularly submits to the berufundfamilie® audit.Further information at: http://www.ifw-dresden.de

Doctoral Researcher Position (m/f/d)

Size Effects of Shape Memory Microactuators

The Institute of Metallic Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) offers a PhD position in the field of “Size Effects of Shape Memory Microactuators” starting from January 2021.

Project description:

We are looking for a PhD in size effects of shape memory microactuators. Goal of this project is to

understand the influence of reduced size and constrains on the martensitic microstructure, transformation behavior, and magnetic, pseudo-elastic & plastic properties. Accordingly, this work includes epitaxial growth of Ni-Mn-Ga films, micro-patterning and dedicated characterization of the martensitic microstructure of constrained and freestanding microactuators.

This work benefits from the collaboration of two research groups. The group of Sebastian Fähler has an excellent track record on (magnetic-) shape memory films, as well as magnetocaloric, multicaloric, and thermomagnetic films for energy applications like magnetocaloric refrigeration and thermomagnetic generators. The group of Heiko Reith focusses on microsystem technologies, thermoelectric materials and micro devices. Furthermore, this is a tandem project together with BAM/Berlin, where the focus is on mechanical testing and reliability of these microstructures during (pseudo-) plastic deformation.

For further information please contact: Dr. Sebastian Fähler (s.faehler(at)ifw-dresden.de) and Dr. Heiko Reith (h.reith(at)ifw-dresden.de). See also: https://www.ifw-dresden.de/ifw-institutes/imw/

Your profile:

You should have a master or diploma in in material science, microsystem technology, engineering, or physics. Knowledge and interest on shape memory alloys, thin films, microsystem technology, or mechanical testing are welcome.The successful candidate is open-minded, curious and ready to work in a strongly interdisciplinary environment. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are required.

We offer:

The employment contract is primarily limited to 12 months and will be extended by another 2 years upon a successful mid-term evaluation. The salary is based upon the TV-L rules (E13; 65%)

The institute promotes the professional equality between all genders. In science, the IFW Dresden would like to increase the proportion of woman. Qualified women are therefore explicitly invited to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference.

Your application:

Please send your application including a cover letter with motivational statement, CV, copies of certificates, published articles and other relevant material (if applicable) quoting the reference number 001-20-2103 in a single PDF file exclusively to:


Deadline for applications: 15 November 2020