Research Assistant in "3D material characterization using X-ray CT" University of Freiburg, Department Sustainable Systems Engineering Germany

The University of Freiburg is one of the most renowned research institutes in Germany, with a history spanning more than 500 years. You'll engage in top-notch research and teaching with a unique spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and people - right in the heart of one of Germany's most beautiful cities.


The University of Freiburg's human resources policy is the principle of equal opportunity and diversity. The university is committed to the goal of creating a family-friendly university.


The Chair of Sustainable Systems Engineering of the Institute for Sustainable Technical Systems (INATECH) is looking for a


Research assistant


Fulltime position, start date: immediately


At the Department Sustainable Systems Engineering of the Institute for Sustainable Technical Systems (Inatech) is to occupy a post-doctoral or PhD position for the research project "3D material characterization using X-ray CT." 

The research project is to look into the loading conditions and failure mechanisms inside a heterogeneous material system using modern X-ray tomography techniques, the current understanding of material failure is based on observations almost exclusively from the surface of the material, but the development of three-dimensional imaging has been so far advanced in recent years that the restriction to pure surface images is no longer necessary is.

In this research project techniques are developed and procedures established in order to lay the foundation for a completely three-dimensional material characterization. Key aspects of the project include the design and construction of miniature load frames, which allow the application of mechanical loads with simultaneous execution of X-ray CT. For the quantitative analysis of the deformation from the obtained volumetric CT data novel digital volume correlation algorithms are to be used. The material behavior is modeled by transferring the CT data into continuum mechanical calculation models, based on finite elements or net-free discretization methods.

The work will be carried out in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach Institute for Short-Term Dynamics and the Freiburg Materials Research Center. An excellent equipment with high-resolution X-ray CTs and the necessary experimental technique is available. 

We are looking for active applicants with a completed academic degree (Diplom / Master) in physics or engineering with a focus on technical mechanics / mechanical engineering / computational engineering. 

The following knowledge is part of your portfolio: Understanding of X-ray tomography, materials science, command of a programming language, CAD design, experience with the finite element method.

The command of the German language is compulsory. Candidates are seeking a doctorate in the field if they are not already promoted. 

The position is limited to 2 years with the option of extension. The remuneration is based on TV-L E13. We are especially looking forward to receiving applications from women for this position. See further informations at


Please send in a complete and convincing application with all relevant supporting documents, including the reference number 10570, by 30.11.2017 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address:


Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg 
Institute for Sustainable Technical Systems 
Gips-Schüle Chair for Sustainable Engineering Systems 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hiermaier 
Emmy-Noether Str. 2 
79110 Freiburg, Germany 



For further information, please contact Dr. Georg Ganzenmüller at Tel. 0761 / 203-96784 or E-mail .

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