The Functional Materials group headed by Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch at the Institute of Materials Science at TU Darmstadt is offering a position for a

Doctoral Researcher (all genders) – Magnetic materials for adaptive movement assistance systems – 75%

with a fixed-term contract of 3 years within the frame of the research training group (RTG-Graduiertenkolleg) “LokoAssist – Seamless Integration of Assistance Systems for Natural Human Locomotion”. Starting date is asap.

The RTG LokoAssist addresses the integration of active movement assistance systems (legprotheses and orthoses) into the experience of everyday movement by the recognition of movement intentions and the adjustment of the support using this information. The aim is to significantly enhance the movement functionality with lower metabolic energy expenditure, better individual adaptability and greater movement comfort compared to conventional passive or semi-active leg passive or semi-active leg prostheses or orthoses.

The interdisciplinary project unites groups from informatics, medicine, psychology, sport science, mechanical and electrical engineering and Materials Science from TU Darmstadt and University Heidelberg. The role of the functional materials group is to develop functional magnetic materials for movement assistance systems for lower extremity prosthetics.

The position is hosted by the internationally renowned group Functional Materials, which focusses on the development of resource-efficient functional materials. The group’s topics of interest range from permanent magnets over magnetocaloric materials and ferromagnetic shape-memory alloys to magnetorheological fluids and elastomers as well as magnetic materials for biomedical application with focus on synthesis, characterization and modeling of the magnetic, magnetoelastic, thermal and (micro-)structural properties.

Your tasks within the project A.2 of the GRK will be the development and characterization of novel functional materials for sensors and actuators for an assistance system. The applications are defined in close cooperation with the project partners and are then translated into materials requirements. The aim is to tailor magnetorheological elastomers and ferromagnetic shape memory alloys with state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies like additive manufacturing for different applications.

Your profile: We expect you to integrate into our interdisciplinary team and contribute actively to the overall progress of the GRK´s objectives in close collaboration with your colleagues of the RTG while, at the same time, pursuing your own thesis highly motivated and self-reliantly.

Requirements are an excellent scientific university degree (master or comparable) in Materials Science, Physics or Chemistry, possibly with a focus on synthesis and characterization of magnetic materials, and very good English competencies (fluent in spoken and written).

We offer the opportunity to participate in a key topic of research in the field of functional materials for energy conversion and excellent working conditions in an international team with integration into a scientific network of well-renowned experts of the magnetic materialscommunity.

TU Darmstadt offers a wide and interesting variety of tasks, self-reliant working as well as a widespread range of training and individual professional development options. A corporate health management as well as active support of the compatibility between family and working life are self-evident elements of TU Darmstadt’s policy. In addition, TU employees receive a LandesTicket Hessen for public transport and can use the offer to convert parts of their payment to partake in the "Job-Rad" Leasing model.

Opportunity for further qualification (doctoral dissertation) is given. The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees 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. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt).

Applications should include a detailed resume that also mentions subjects you have studied in the Master course with grades obtained and a list of publications (if any) in peer-reviewed journals.

Please send your application to the A.2 project leader Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch,, in a single pdf-file attached (5 MB max. size).

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Code No. 765

Published on

December 21, 2021

Application deadline

January 31, 2022