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PhD position (m/f/d) available as part of the international research project “Coarsening dynamics of ferromagnetic granular networks -experiment and simulation”

 Chair of Experimental Physics V

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive and interdisciplinary profile fields in research and teaching. The Chair of Experimental Physics V (physics of soft and living matter) has the following vacancy:

PhD position (m/f/d) on Non-Equilibrium Dynamics of Ferromagnetic-Granular Matter

The project 

The formation of complex networks is ubiquitous in nature and technology. Yet, its quantitative description and modelling remains an outstanding scientific challenge. The goal of the German-Austrian (DFG-FWF) research project is to combine new experimental (Bayreuth) and computational (Vienna) approaches to tackle this problem and enhance our fundamental understanding of transient networks. In the experiment a mixture of glass and magnetized steel beads is fluidized by a shaker. After a quench of the shaker amplitude transient networks emerge, which are observed by optical and magnetic detectors. Features of the transition have been reported in an article in Soft Matter. The development of advanced measurement techniques like a magnetic detector is part of the project.

Your profile 

We are looking for an excellent, highly motivated early-career researcher to join our research team. The ideal candidate should have a master’s degree in physics with a background in complex systems and granular or soft matter. Experience in establishing and improving experimental setups and programming skills for processing experimental data are most welcome. Fluency in German or English is expected.

Our offer 

We offer excellent working conditions in an international research team at the beautiful campus of the University of Bayreuth. The earliest starting date is 1/2022. Early applications will be given preferential consideration. The salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the University of Bayreuth for early-career scientists. The salary is based on the public salary scale TV-L E13. The PhD position (75%) is limited to three years. The successful candidate will work in an international research lab focusing on the physics of complex fluids ( Regular exchange with our partner, the numerical team in Vienna, is a further advantage of the offer.

The University of Bayreuth values the diversity of its employees and is explicitly committed to the goal of gender equality. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are very welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the Best Practice Network "Familie in der Hochschule e.V.", and has successfully participated in the HRK audit "Internationalization of the University". Persons with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if equally qualified.

Your application

Your application 

Please apply online via the Applicant Portal Uni Bayreuth selecting “ferrogranulate” from the drop-down menu. Your application should contain a cover letter (describing your past and current research interests), your CV, your publication list as well as contact information of two references.

The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled, in accordance with data protection requirements.

For further information please contact PD. Dr. Reinhard Richter  (