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PhD project in mechanical engineering: 3D-printed metamaterials

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg (DE)
Scientific staff position (f/m/d) at 75% TV-L E13
Closing date
20 Jan 2024

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Chemistry, Engineering, Life Science
Job Type
PhD Position, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Within the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O), which is supported by the DFG (German Research Foundation) as part of the Excellence Strategy, there is one open doctoral position.

The Nanoarchitected Metamaterials Laboratory of Dr. Jens Bauer (Institute of Nanotechnology, INT, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) is seeking a doctoral researcher in the field of mechanical engineering for the development and characterization of 3D-printed metamaterials.


Job description:


Traditional material development centers on the chemistry and structure of solids. However, metamaterials surpass existing approaches by incorporating spatially structured building blocks such as lattice architectures. This approach, termed "meta", enables the development of novel mechanical properties decoupled from the underlying material's behavior. Nanostructured metamaterials extend this concept even further to achieve unprecedented mechanical performance. By reducing the size of their designs to the nanoscale through high-resolution 3D printing, they harness the significant material size effects (such as strength). This approach enables the manipulation of the chemical and microstructural properties of the foundational material utilizing the architecture. This results in an interdependent relationship between the architecture, microstructure, and chemistry, which holds great potential for the creation of novel high-performance multifunctional materials. Prominent examples include ultra-light and high-strength ceramic nanolattices, which enable significant deformation without brittle failure.


As a scientist, your tasks will involve designing, producing, and characterizing innovative metamaterials with nanoscale three-dimensional architectures. The focus is on experimental tasks, including nano-3D printing of metamaterial samples and their characterization using scanning electron microscopy and micro-mechanical tests. Additionally, finite element simulations of the mechanical behavior of computer-aided architectural designs will be conducted.


Our laboratory is a young and dynamic team with a flat hierarchy. Within 3DMM2O and the INT, we access a vast inventory of state-of-the art instrumentation and are part of a highly visible multidisciplinary network of experts. Further, we are in close exchange with collaborative partners at international top institutions, providing ample creative space, and opportunities to take divers responsibilities, and to expand your professional network.




Scientific staff position (f/m/d) at 75% TV-L E13


Your profile:


  • A Master's degree in mechanical engineering or related subjects with above-average grades
  • Passion for current research areas and drive to contribute to their development
  • Excellent understanding of structural mechanics and materials science
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Prior experience in micromechanical testing, 3D printing, or finite element analysis
  • Competent in CAD software and skilled in data analysis using MATLAB



Applications should be handed in only through our Application Portal. Please indicate the position you are interested in so we can make sure to evaluate your application accordingly. The following documents and data are required for your application:


  • CV School and University (as applicable: Bsc, MSc, Doctorate) certificates
  • Transcripts (BSc and MSc)
  • Cover Letter
  • Letter of Motivation & Abstract of Research Interest

Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.


Upon acceptance, the Doctoral Researchers will be part of the structured doctoral program offered by the HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials, which brings together Young Scientists in an interdisciplinary environment. The participating disciplines encompass chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, biophysics, biology, biomechanics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.




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