Researcher in Computational Mechanics (PhD student or Postdoc)

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

Geesthacht, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Materials Research

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Starting date:


Job description:

Researcher in Computational Mechanics (PhD student or Postdoc)
code no. 2018/WM 3
The place of employment is Geesthacht (Germany).

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:

The Department for Simulation of Solids and Structures of the Institute of Materials Research at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is offering a 3-years PhD student or postdoc position in the area of computational mechanics with special focus on finite element methods and coupled multi-field and multi-physics problems. A primary objective of the position will be the development of a computational multi-physics model of the degradation of biomedical magnesium implants and of the growth and remodeling processes in the surrounding bone tissue. These phenomena depend on a sophisticated interplay between mechanical and (bio)chemical factors. We offer an environment where new computational methods can be developed and tested in close collaboration with in-house experimentalists.

Your job:
- development of a computational multi-physics model of chemo-mechanical degradation of biomedical magnesium implants and related phenomena; you will develop a general computational framework based on the finite element method. In this framework you will incorporate detailed models of biological and chemical processes developed by two postdocs with whom you will closely collaborate
· implementation of your computational framework in an in-house simulation code in C++
· validation of your results in collaboration with in-house experimentalists
· publication and presentation of your scientific results in international scientific journals and at international conferences and workshops

Your background:
· master?s or PhD degree in computational mechanics, mechanical engineering or similar area
· excellent knowledge of computational modeling, in particular of computational mechanics
· very good programming skills in C++
· proven experience in code development (coding skills will be checked during the job interview!)
· very good knowledge of the theoretical foundations of engineering (mechanics, thermodynamics, applied mathematics etc.)
· very good English

We offer:
- a vibrant scientific environment where you have the opportunity to collaborate closely with experts from multiple areas with a combined expertise covering the full range from simulation and theory to experiments
· opportunity to enroll in a PhD program at Hamburg University of Technology (for non-postdocs)
· fixed-term contract for 3 years
· attractive salary

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

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2018/WM 3 including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials including grades,(link to the) pdf of your PhD thesis, documentation of your English skills (TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent) and two letters of recommendation, preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to

Closing date for applications is January 12th, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2018/WM 3