Open Positions

1. Open Doctoral Researcher Position in Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich, SFB) 1411 “Design of Particulate Products” at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

We are looking for an excellent and creative doctoral researcher to join our multinational and interdisciplinary team at the Institute of Particle Technology (LFG). As a doctoral researcher, you will be integral part of CRC 1411, which is a newly established initiative funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It considers, through 20 participating projects, the predictive model based design and practical process realization of particulate products. These range from single nanoparticles with controlled shape and composition, through hierarchically organized assemblies of particles, up to particle packings as stationary phases for chromatographic separation. The CRC will target scientific breakthroughs in the product engineering of nanoparticles with optimized optical properties produced by continuous synthesis directly coupled to property-specific classification of nanoparticles by chromatography.

The objective of project C04 is the comprehensive multidimensional characterization of particle ensembles. New methodologies for the quantitative characterization of nanoparticles with respect to size, density, shape and optical properties (extinction and emission) by means of combined centrifugation and gas phase analytics shall be developed. In addition, systematic non-ideality studies using analytical (ultra)centrifugation are targeted. This will permit the determination of the effect of concentration on the sedimentation and diffusive properties of nanoparticles for narrow and gradually more complex size distributions and will further combine these investigations with supplementary, surface sensitive techniques.

As a doctoral researcher, you will be expected to actively participate in the integrated Research Training Group of the CRC (iRTG-ParSciTech). This provides a framework for the supervision of individual projects, usually by two principal investigators of the CRC. It also nurtures a collaborative network between all CRC projects through regular meetings and retreats. Finally, it prescribes a qualification programme which aims to promote members’ scientific development, through participation in advanced lectures, conferences, stays in research labs abroad, and publishing but also in transferable skills.

Your qualifications:

  • You hold or expect to soon obtain a very good university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or a closely related field.
  • You have a demonstrable ability to work both with a high level of independence and diligence but also you can present your ideas and results to an interdisciplinary team.
  • You are proficient in the English language; knowledge of the German language is welcome though not essential.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • A motivation letter describing your research interests, your qualifications and why you would be a suitable candidate
  • A detailed CV
  • Academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
  • Email addresses of at least two references

Interested applicants should send the necessary documents via email to: or

The FAU is a member of “The Family in Higher Education Institutions” best practice club and aims to increase the number of women in scientific positions. Female candidates are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualifications, candidates with disabilities will take precedence.

2. Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy of Interfaces-PhD research assistant.

Surface science studies are of great importance to advance our knowledge of self-assembled monolayers, foams, catalysis and in nanotechnology. Accessing buried interfaces is, however, particularly challenging since most techniques are not interfacial specific or cannot be applied under technical relevant conditions. In our institute we have established inherently surface specific methods such as optical second-harmonic generation (SHG), sum-frequency generation (SFG) and hyper-Rayleigh scattering (HRS) with ultra-short laser pulses to address the interfacial properties of advanced materials.

In order to strengthen our nonlinear optics subgroup, we are looking for a talented young researcher with interests in interface science and/or laser spectroscopy. We offer a diverse, multidisciplinary and stimulating working environment with excellent possibilities for professional and personal growth. We provide hands on experience in state-of-the-art femtosecond lasers and particle technology.

The applicant should hold a diploma or master degree in physics, chemistry or related fields. Remuneration will be experience-dependent according to TVL-E 13 (100%).

We look forward to meeting you.

Please send your application to

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Peukert

Chair of Particle Technology (Prof. Dr. Peukert)

Cauerstraße 4
91058 Erlangen

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