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At the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), the new Collaborative Research Centre SFB 986 “Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems – M3“ was established on July 1st, 2012. In addition to the TUHH, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the University of Hamburg are participating in the SFB. The SFB 986 is set to both develop and manufacture multi-scale structured materials with tailor-made mechanical, electrical, and photonic properties. Three interconnected project areas investigate this innovation potential:
A: Quasi-self-similar hierarchical materials systems
B: Nano-structured multi-phase materials systems, and
C: Materials systems for photonics at high temperatures.
An integrated graduate school promotes networking and interaction among the early-career scientists within the SFB.

For current openings, please check our Research Positions and Student Positions section.

Research Positions

Project A4: Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in Computational Materials Modelling

Pay scale: TV-L E13 (100%), TUHH job posting ID: 0521M9W


  • Investigating hybrid interfaces between oxide surfaces and organic molecules within the framework of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC/SFB) 986 – “Tailor-made Multiscale Material Systems” using computational atomistic appraoches (mainly density functional theory)
  • Determination of electronic, atomic and mechanical properties of nanomaterials
  • Application of multi-scale and data-driven approaches to atomic calculations
  • Improving model systems towards real conditions (e.g. defects, chemical environment)
  • Collaborations in the SFB 986 and international presentation of research results


  • University degree in natural sciences or engineering (master's degree or equivalent), in particular in physics, chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, or comparable fields, ideally with specializations such as solid-state, surface, quantum, or computational phys-ics/chemistry
  • Ideally experience with atomistic simulations (especially DFT) and DFT codes such as VASP
  • Programming knowledge, e.g. in C++, Fortran, and/or Python
  • Fluent English (written and spoken) required, knowledge of German is an advantage, knowledge of scientific writing and presentation
  • Good interpersonal, team and communication skills 


  • Scientific qualification with the aim of a PhD degree
  • Application of various computational methods with access to high-performance computing clusters
  • Various cooperations with groups in the SFB986 (TUHH, DESY, UHH, HZG)
  • A full-time position in an exciting, diverse, and attractive working environment in the research group around Gregor Vonbun-Feldbauer 
  • Development of personal skills within the framework of the SFB 986’s research training group


The TUHH stands for equal opportunities as well as a respectful and appreciative working atmosphere. We particularly encourage women to apply. Due to their under-representation, they will be given priority in the event of equal aptitude, qualification and professional performance.

The official posting (in German) and the online application system can be found at: https://stellenportal.tuhh.de/3gpdn.

Contact: Dr. Gregor Vonbun-Feldbauer, gregor.feldbauer(at)tuhh.de
Closing: January 15, 2021


Project C4: Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) for photonic applications

Pay scale: TV-L E13 (100%), TUHH job posting ID: 1121WM9


  • Investigate and characterize new materials for photonic applications, including performing hands-on () experiments inside research laboratories    
  • Develop atomic layer deposition (ALD) processes to coat/infiltrate 3D structures
  • Develop the additive manufacturing of ceramic nanoparticles’ and ALD-coated particles
  • Collaborate closely with other groups within the collaborative research center SFB 986
  • Report and present results to internal stakeholders within the institute and the SFB 986
  • Present the research findings at conferences and publish in leading journals


  • Educational background: master’s degree or a diploma in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Nanoscience, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent field, with a solid background on materials science and/or nanoscience (or equivalent disciplines).    
  • Required skills (mandatory): i) hands-on (practical) experience with materials processing and/or characterization; ii) reliable, results-oriented and organized work style; iii) excellent communication and team-work skills; iv) professional working proficiency in English (written and spoken) - German knowledge is considered an asset, but it is not mandatory.    
  • Desired or advantageous skills (not mandatory): i) previous experience in thin films deposition and/or colloidal systems; ii) previous experience with precursors handling; iii) previous experience with robocasting or direct writing; iv) previous experience with XRD.


  • The possibility to perform cutting-edge research in an international interdisciplinary team    
  • The possibility to travel to national and international conferences and meetings to present your work    
  • Excellent collaboration possibilities within the framework of the SFB 986 (www.tuhh.de/sfb986)    
  • Access to an Integrated Research Training Group (MGK – SFB986) with postgraduate trainings and summer schools on scientific topics as well as soft-skills (presentation skills, supervision skills, communication skills etc.) free of charge    
  • An attractive work-life balance and special conditions in sports and fitness courses, including on-campus options (https://hsp-hh.sport.uni-hamburg.de/)    
  • 30-days of vacation per year    
  • Possibility to acquire the HVV-Proficard    
  • A great network with the surrounding universities and research facilities (University of Hamburg – UHH, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron – DESY, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – HZG)    
  • A great atmosphere to work in the Institute of Advanced Ceramics


The TUHH stands for equal opportunities as well as a respectful and appreciative working atmosphere.

The official posting and the online application system can be found at: https://stellenportal.tuhh.de/r9mts

Contact: Dr. Kaline P. Furlan, kaline.furlan(at)tuhh.de

Closing: January 31, 2021


Student Positions

If you are interested in a student position, please, contact the project leaders or their staff directly.