Postdoc positions in computational materials science, HITS-11-2018


Postdoc positions in computational materials science

We seek to fill

two Postdoctoral positions (m/f)
to work in the field computational materials science.

We are looking for excellent, highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to join our research team.

Within the newly established cluster of excellence “3D Matter made to order” funded by the DFG, the project aims at predicting the molecular mechanisms of failure in novel nanoscale polymeric metamaterials. In an interdisciplinary team, you will develop scale-bridging simulations which combine Molecular Dynamics with continuum mechanics. Visit for details.

Within our longstanding research collaboration with Toyota Europe and embedded into a European research consortium, the project aims at predicting and optimizing ionomeric membrane properties. A combination of atomistic and coarse-grained simulations with machine learning is foreseen to bridge scales.

You should possess a PhD degree in computational physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering or a related field. You should preferably have a firm background in molecular simulations, programming and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.

The candidate will be based at HITS and employed, depending on the project, at Heidelberg University or HITS. Salary is in accordance with the German state public service salary scale (E13 TV-L West) and the accordant social benefits. The intended starting date is April 2019 and negotiable. To apply, please enter your application including a cover letter, your CV with publication list and contact details of referees via this link.

The Molecular Biomechanics Group focuses on the link between mechanical forces and biology and examines the mechanical properties of biomolecules and materials across scales, by developing and using novel algorithms based on Molecular Dynamics simulations, coarse-grained models, and Finite Element methods.

HITS gGmbH is a private non-profit research institute carrying out multidisciplinary research in the computational sciences. The institute provides excellent computational facilities and is located in a lush neighborhood next to the historic center of Heidelberg. Its ties to research groups worldwide represent an excellent network for scientific exchange.

Applications must be submitted by Feb 15, 2019. Inquiries about the positions can be directed at Frauke Gräter (

Please note that the application process runs through the application system of HITS gGmbH. You have to agree with their privacy policy.

Über das HITS

Das Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien (HITS) wurde 2010 von dem Physiker und SAP-Mitgründer Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) und der Klaus Tschira Stiftung als private, gemeinnützige Forschungseinrichtung ins Leben gerufen. Das HITS betreibt Grundlagenforschung in den Naturwissenschaften, der Mathematik und der Informatik. Dabei werden große, komplexe Datenmengen verarbeitet, strukturiert und analysiert und computergestützte Methoden und Software entwickelt. Die Forschungsfelder reichen von der Molekularbiologie bis zur Astrophysik. Die HITS Stiftung, eine Tochter der Klaus Tschira Stiftung, stellt die Grundfinanzierung der HITS gGmbH auf Dauer sicher. Die Mittel dafür erhält sie von der Klaus Tschira Stiftung. Gesellschafter des HITS sind neben der HITS Stiftung die Universität Heidelberg und das Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Das HITS arbeitet außerdem mit weiteren Universitäten und Forschungsinstituten sowie mit industriellen Partnern zusammen. Die wichtigsten externen Mittelgeber sind das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) und die Europäische Union.

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