Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden)

Research Associate / PhD Student

Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden)

Dresden, Germany

At TU Dresden, Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, the Chair of Network Dynamics headed by Prof. Marc Timme at the Institute for Theoretical Physics affiliated with the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) offers two fixed-term positions as

Research Associate / PhD Student
(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

Research area: Collective nonlinear dynamics and data analytics for future mobility
Terms: 50% of the fulltime weekly hours, the position is a 3-year appointment starting from 1 st April 2020 (or later). The period of employment is governed by the Fixed-Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG).

The Chair of Network Dynamics strives to advance our conceptual understanding of collective dynamic phenomena in networks across fields. Besides fundamental topics in Theoretical Physics and Dynamical Systems we address questions about biological and bio-inspired computing, self-organized solutions for engineering as well as systemic questions on collective phenomena regarding energy and mobility as well as systemic sustainability (systainability).


  • completed university degree (Master’s level) in Theoretical Physics, Applied Mathematics or a similar
  • experience in several of the fields: statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics, data analytics, software development, optimisation
  • very good command of English; willingness to learn German, experience is a plus
  • the ability to effectively work in collaborative research efforts
  • the ability to write and present concisely
  • an independent, inter- and multidisciplinary thinking
  • outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • target- and solution driven work attitude, personal commitment, reliability, flexibility, team player
  • interest in sustainability, mobility and complex dynamical systems.

What we offer
You will join a team of enthusiastic international scientists who creatively pursue research inspired by the cluster’s innovative and cross-disciplinary approach. Your activities will be fostered by the cfaed philosophy to promote young researchers, which includes: access to state of the art research of leading academic institutes, promotion of gender equality and family-friendly work environment.
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

Application Procedure
Your application (in English only) should include: concise motivation letter (max. 2 pages), CV with publication list, names and contact details of at least two references, copy of degree certificate and proof of English language skills. Complete applications should be submitted preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal https://securemail.tu-dresden.de by sending it as a single pdf document quoting the reference number PhD-ND 0420 in the subject header to recruiting.cfaed@tu-dresden.de or alternatively by mail to TU Dresden, cfaed, Professur für Netzwerk-Dynamik, Herrn Prof. Dr. Marc Timme, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is 21.02.2020 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies). Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

Reference to data protection: Your data protection rights, the purpose for which your data will be processed, as well as further information about data protection is available to you on the website: https://tu-dresden.de/karriere/datenschutzhinweis

About cfaed
cfaed is a research cluster at TU Dresden. It brings together more than 100 researchers from the university and 10 other research institutes in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. cfaed addresses the advancement of electronic information processing systems through exploring new technologies which overcome the limits of today’s predominant CMOS technology. www.cfaed.tu.dresden.de

About TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe and one of the eleven German universities that were identified as an ‘elite university’. As a modern full-status university with 18 faculties it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany.

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Research Associate / PhD Student