Doctoral Researcher in Materials Science
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena Otto Schott Institute for Materials Research

Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light-Life-Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena's character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

At the Otto Schott Institute for Materials Research of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena we offer a

Doctoral Researcher Position (m/f/d) in Materials Science

starting April 1st 2021.

The position is assigned to the Professorship for Mechanics of Functional Materials (Prof. Dr. Enrico Gnecco). The MfM group is investigating physical properties of sur­faces down to the nano­meter scale. Especially interesting for us are friction, wear and adhesion processes on natural and artificial materials. The position is part of a new research project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) titled "Multiple contact friction on laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS)" (2021-2023) in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Frank Müller. This project aims to address a fundamental problem in materials science, i.e. the relation between the material and geometric properties of two solid surfaces and the kinetic friction variations recorded when the surfaces slide past each other in dry conditions. To this end we will make use of state-of-the-art preparation and characterization methods including femtosecond laser irradiation and advanced atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques.

Your responsibilities:

  • Conducting research within the context of the project in all phases (planning, preparation, implementation, analysis) and research data management
  • Project communication with the partner group
  • Publication and dissemination of research results
  • Opportunity for doctoral qualification will be given


  • Diploma or Master's degree in materials science, physics, chemistry or related subjects
  • Experience with scanning probe microscopy and/or experimental or numerical characterization of mechanical properties is highly desirable
  • Excellent English communication skills (both written and spoken)

We offer:

  • attractive fringe benefits, e.g. Job Ticket (benefits for public transport) and occupational pensions (VBL)
  • an exciting collegiate research atmosphere with considerable scope for creativity and international cooperation
  • university health promotion and a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours
  • salary in accordance with the terms of the collective agreement for the public service of the Länder (TV-L) in accordance with personal qualifications up to salary scale E13

The position is based on a fixed-term contract (3 years). It´s a part-time position with 75 % of a full-time employment. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.

Applications should include all relevant documents (CV, copies of certificates etc.) and a short exposé on the applicant's research interests and how these relate to the project here (one page). Applications with reference to the registration number 019/2021 need to be submitted in electronic form (one PDF document) to Prof. Enrico Gnecco by email () no later than February, 15th 2021.

Prof. Dr. Enrico Gnecco
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Otto-Schott-Institut für Materialforschung
Professur für Mechanik der funktionellen Materialien
Löbdergraben 32
07743 Jena

Since all application documents will be duly destroyed after the recruitment process, we ask you to submit only copies of your documents.

For further information for applicants, please also refer to portal (in German).
Please also note the information on the collection of personal data at,27.html.


Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Otto-Schott-Institut für Materialforschung
Löbdergraben 32
07743 - Jena

Prof. Dr. Enrico Gnecco

Ausschreibung vom: 20.01.2021
Bewerbungsende: 15.02.2021

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