Research Scientist (Postdoc) (m/f/d) in Additive Manufacturing

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

Berlin, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Biomaterial Science

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Starting date:


Job description:

Research Scientist (Postdoc) (m/f/d) in Additive Manufacturing
code no. 2019/B 2
The place of employment is Teltow (near Berlin, 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 Institute of Biomaterial Science in Teltow of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and Berlin Brandenburg Centre for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT) invite applications for a Postdoc (m/f/d) in Additive Manufacturing with a focus on design, construction and operation of additive manufacturing machines for processing of stimuli-sensitive multifunctional polymeric materials in the context of an EU funded project ( This is initially a 2-years fixed term contract.

Within the EU funded project, aiming at the development of plant-inspired growing soft robots, you are responsible for the design, construction and operation of an additive manufacturing machine for processing of stimuli-sensitive multifunctional polymeric materials (i.e. shape-memory polymers). Besides the controlled shaping of the material this machine should in addition allow the chemical modification of the polymeric material e.g. by UV curing. Active participation in the publication of the results, preparation of patents, and in attracting additional funding.

What we expect:
You have PhD in mechanical engineering, polymer engineering or material science, with a broad knowledge in the field of additive manufacturing of polymer-based materials. You have already gained experience in design, construction and operation of additive manufacturing machines as documented by a significant number of scientific publications. Additional knowledge in soft actuator materials or shape-memory polymer technology is highly welcome. You are eager to collaborate with chemist, material scientists, biologists, electrical engineers and researchers from other disciplines and to transfer your ideas to applications based research.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr. Karl Kratz, For details about the institute, please visit the website at

We offer:
- multinational work environment with over 950 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 a scientific in-house library as well as 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 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/B 15 including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.) including grades, and names and addresses of three academic referees to Attachments of your application preferentially should consist of one PDF file not exceeding 10 MB.

Closing date for applications is March 22nd, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2019/B 2