PhD student (m/f/d)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)

Geesthacht, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Materials Research

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


Job description:

The place of employment is Geesthacht.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. You can find more information at

For a PhD project our institute of materials research offers a position – three years contract – for a PhD student (m/f/d) to work on a project in the border area between materials science and informatics.

The department metal physics investigates novel metallic and intermetallic lightweight materials by combining experiment, characterization and computer simulation. The topic of the proposed project is collection and processing of materials data published in literature, the development of a machine-learning model, which allows predicting the mechanical behaviour of TiAl based high temperature materials, and its validation by experiments. The research takes place at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht while the PhD thesis will be submitted and defended at Brandenburgisch Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Your profile:
You want to be part of a team with co-workers with different professional and cultural backgrounds and you are motivated and enthusiastic to tackle the challenges of an interdisciplinary and dynamic research topic.

You have an university degree in the fields natural science or engineering which qualifies you to earn a PhD degree at a German university. A sound background and knowledge in materials science, computational materials science, physics or informatics etc. is a prerequisite. Basic or extended knowledge in the other fields is highly appreciated. You should master English language sufficiently well to discuss with international co-workers about scientific topics and to publish results in scientific journals without difficulty. Knowledge in programming, e.g. in Python and in the use of software libraries and toolkits for machine-learning and/or image processing, as for example Tensorflow and SciKit are especially valuable.

For further questions, please contact Prof. Florian Pyczak (

We offer you:
- multinational work environment with over 1000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
- extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
- flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
- excellent infrastructure including modern work spaces
- remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents including your CV, description of your scientific and work expertise, list of publications if existing, and copies of credentials (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.) including grades indicating the reference number code no. 2020/WP 2. Closing date for applications is March 11th, 2020. Please send your application to

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2020/WP 2 / 50012175_3 /