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PhD Position (m/f/d) in Polymer Physics

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Institute of Polymer Research

Closing Date
WorkplaceGeesthacht, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Duration3 years

The Institute of Polymer Research at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is offering a

3-years PhD student position (m/f/d)

in the field of polymer physics. The objective of the research project is modelling the process of preparation of polymer membranes for gas separation applications. Methods of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and polymer physics as well as numerical approaches will be applied. A primary objective of the research project will be the prediction of the free volume in dense polymer membranes and a comparison of the modeling results with experimental data.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to: ?url=www.hzg.de&module=jobs&id=1044221" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.hzg.de

HZG is one of the 19 national institutions of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres e.V. (HGF). Around 950 employees carry out basic research and development work in close cooperation with national and international research institutions, research-oriented clinics and economic and public institutions.

At the Institute of Coastal Research around 50 scientists research membranes for applications in material separation. With its interdisciplinary materials and engineering research the institute covers the entire spectrum from basic research to industrial application.


  • development of a molecular model for preparation of polymer membranes
  • implementation of the model in a numerical code
  • validation of the theoretical results in collaboration with in-house experimentalists
  • publication and presentation of your scientific results in international scientific journals and at international conferences and workshops


  • master or diploma degree in physics, materials science or chemistry
  • profound knowledge of theoretical methods of thermodynamics and polymer physics
  • excellent programming skills
  • very good English (written and oral)
  • good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team

We offer

  • a lively scientific environment in the field of membrane technology which combines expertise in theory, simulations and experiments as well as in polymer physics and chemistry and process engineering
  • opportunity to enroll in a PhD program at University of Hamburg
  • multinational work environment with over 950 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure including modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

Contact and Address

For further details please contact PD Dr. Ulrich A. Handge: ulrich.handgehzg.de

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2019/P 3 including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials including grades, documentation of your English skills (TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent), preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to to our human resources ( personalhzg.de )

Closing date: July 24 th , 2019
Workplace: Geesthacht
Contact: Erika Krüger

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.



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