The Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt invites applications for a vacant

Professor of Continuum Mechanics (W3)

commencing in winter term 2021/2022.

The Chair of Continuum Mechanics represents the discipline in research and teaching and acts interdisciplinary at the interface of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the other departments and the profile aereas of the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

Research should focus on the following topics:

  • Multiphysical simulation methods based on mechanics
  • Nonlinear mechanical modeling of material and structure
  • Interfaces from continuum mechanics to thermodynamics, e.g. in connection with energetic questions

This includes, for example, the nonlinear and inhomogeneous modelling of concrete structures, the plasticity of metallic materials, modeling of hyperelastic sealing and joining materials, additive manufacturing methods as well as anisotropic materials such as membrane materials. References to the fields of water and hydraulic engineering, which are important in civil engineering, are made through hydromechanics. The further development of interdisciplinary and multiphysical simulation methods on the basis of mechanics is especially necessary against the background of the strong interdisciplinarity of research at the TU Darmstadt, examples of which are the profile aereas From Material to Product Innovation and Future Energy Systems.

Modelling techniques for energetic questions, which besides questions about the design and optimisation of the load-bearing structure today decisively influence the design of buildings, are indispensable for the mapping of heat and mass transport and with regard to the life cycle analysis of the built environment. Here, synergies with topics of thermodynamics, building simulation, building technology, building automation, building physics and geothermal energy are given.

In addition to basic lectures on technical mechanics, lectures from the field of continuum mechanics will be offered in the basic subjects and the research-oriented special subjects in the German and, in future, English language teaching of the undergraduate Bachelor's and Master's programmes of the department. In addition, courses are to be offered in the interdisciplinary Mechanics Department of the TU Darmstadt. The application of new forms of teaching and learning is desired.

We expect a scientifically proven personality with excellent specialist knowledge and comprehensive practical engineering experience in continuum mechanics, also preferably acquired outside the university. In-depth knowledge is expected in several of the mentioned or equivalent research areas for the continuation and expansion of research. The readiness for national and international cooperation and for interdisciplinary work both within the main research areas of the department and with other departments as well as within the profile aereas is required.

The prerequisites are a degree in engineering followed by a qualified doctorate at a university and appropriate professional experiences (habilitation or habilitation-equivalent achievements), didactic and pedagogical aptitude, very good knowledge of German and English as well as the willingness to work in academic self-administration.

The position is tenured with a remuneration package commensurate with experience and qualifications, following the German "W-Besoldung" and subject to negotiations between the applicant and the university directorate. The regulations for employment are specified under §§ 61 and 62 HHG (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz).

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female faculty members and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program.

Applications, including the usual documents, in particular curriculum vitae, list of publications, overview of teaching activities to date (incl. teaching evaluations), description of scientific activities, a teaching and research concept, and copys of relevant diplomas must be sent under the given code-no. to the Dean of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Franziska-Braun-Str. 7, P.O. Box 10 06 36, 64206 Darmstadt, preferably in electronic form as a single PDF to:

Code No. 670

Published on

November 18, 2019

Application deadline

January 20, 2020