PhD Position (m/f/d)

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

The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) is a non-university 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 (m/f/d) 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 (m/f/d) in reconciling work and family life and regularly submits to the berufundfamilie® audit. Further information at: http://www.ifw-dresden.de.

PhD Position

in the area of superconducting magnetic bearings

The research group “Functional Oxides and Superconductors” of the Institute of Metallic Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (Leibniz IFW Dresden) offers a PhD position in the field of superconducting magnetic bearings starting from January 2022.

The main emphasis of the work is to characterize and to optimize an existing rotating bearing for high-speed textile machines. The tasks include also a numerical description of the interaction between magnet and superconductor in this bearing. The PhD project is part of a DFG funded project in collaboration with two research groups at TU Dresden.

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Potential candidates (m/f/d) should hold a Masters or Diploma degree in Materials Science, Physics, Mechatronics or related topics and must show strong knowledge in solid state physics and experimental research. Preferably, the applicant (m/f/d) has also experience in one or more of the following topics: superconductivity, magnetism, cryogenic technology, electric measurement techniques, materials and property simulation (i.e. COMSOL), computer-based data analysis. We are looking for a candidate (m/f/d) with pronounced initiative, creativity, ability to work effectively in a team, as well as fluency of written and spoken English.

The salary is based upon the TV-L rules (EG 13, 65%). PhD candidates are facilitated to participate in the PhD program to successfully complete their dissertation. The employment is initially limited to 1 year, an extension for another 2 years is possible. We offer an attractive work place with excellent facilities and environment in Dresden.

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 (m/f/d) will be given preference.

The application for this position should be submitted by November 15, 2021 and should include a cover letter, CV and copies of the Master.

The reference number is 007-22-2105. Please send the application as a single pdf file (other formats will not be accepted) to the following email-address:


If you have further questions on the position please contact: Dr. Ruben Hühne (r.huehne(at)ifw-dresden.de).