Ruhr-Universität Bochum

PhD position 29,87 h/w 3 years

Online seit
13.12.2019 - 10:22


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

ICAMS is an international research center at RUB, which focuses on the development and application of a new generation of simulation tools for multi-scale materials modelling.

In the Department 'Atomistic Modelling and Simulation' at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) a position for PhD students is immediately available. The successful candidate will perform large-scale atomistic simulations of phase stability and extended defects in Ni-based and Co-based superalloys. The design and optimisation of these materials is crucial to increase the efficiency of gas turbines for aviation and power generation. The goal of this project is to understand the interplay of local chemical composition and microstructure by applying a hierarchy of electronic structure methods from density functional theory to tight binding and bond order potentials.

The project is embedded in the collaborative research center SFB/TR103 'From atoms to turbine blades - Scientific foundations for a new generation of single crystal superalloys' ( The project will involve close collaborations with the consortium partners at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, the MPI for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, the German Aerospace Center in Cologne and the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they are been underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.



- Master degree in Physics with focus computational solid state physics, chemistry, materials science or related disciplines (e.g. mathematics or computer science)
- Strong programming skills or ability to quickly learn it from advanced practice
- Curiosity and motivation to work in an interdisciplinary environment on the application of quantum mechanical methods for the modelling of real materials
- Good oral and written communication skills in English



Herr Dr. Thomas Hammerschmidt
44780 Bochum
+49 234 3229375

Art der Beschäftigung


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Institut / Einrichtung
ICAMS, Atomistic Modelling and Simulation
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
3 years
Freitag, 31. Januar 2020 - 23:59


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