Physiker/in, Mathematiker/in, Materialwissenschaftler/in o. ä. (w/m/d)



Enter the fascinating world of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and help shape the future through research and innovation! We offer an exciting and inspiring working environment driven by the expertise and curiosity of our 11,000 employees from 100 nations and our unique infrastructure. Together, we develop sustainable technologies and thus contribute to finding solutions to global challenges. Would you like to join us in addressing this major future challenge? Then this is your place!

For our Institut für Materialphysik im Weltraum in Cologne we are looking for

Physiker/in, Mathematiker/in, Materialwissenschaftler/in o. ä. (w/m/d)

Soft matter theory and AI for complex materials

What to expect:

The Institute for AI Safety and Security in Ulm and Sankt Augustin provides research and development services in the field of AI-related methods, processes, algorithms and execution environments. The focus is on ensuring safety and security for AI-based solutions in ambitious application classes. The Institute of Materials Physics in Space in Cologne is one of the leading institutes in the exploration of fundamental physical properties of soft matter and granular systems. In addition to experimental work in the laboratory and in microgravity, the institute works on computer simulations and theory. 

In a joint project of the two institutes, we are setting up the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group DataMat, where we combine soft matter theory with artificial intelligence.


We want to design materials thought impossible before – by turning fundamental insights about new states of matter into real-world applications. We specifically aim for multifunctional microstructures with the help of reliable machine learning methods. To achieve this aim, we closely collaborate with the LMU Munich and Princeton University.


Now, we are looking for you to join us. You will have the opportunity to work together with leading scientists in an emerging field of research. The DLR provides flexible working conditions and a strong research infrastructure for such an interdisciplinary project, and there will be an option for a stay abroad at Princeton University.

  • discover, characterize, and utilize novel types of short- and long-range order;
  • develop reliable machine learning methods to predict and optimize material properties;
  • publish your results in scientific journals and present them at international conferences.

What we expect from you:

  • degree in physics, mathematics, materials science, or similar;
  • initial experience in at least one of the fields of research of the group, for example, statistical physics, soft matter theory, machine learning, stochastic geometry, spatial statistics, hyperuniformity, or photonic band gaps;
  • proficiency in English, both spoken and written.
  • promising scientific track record desired;
  • ideally experience in interdisciplinary research;
  • good analytical and programming skills (preferably in python).

What we offer:

DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.

Further information:

Starting date: 01.07.2024

Duration of contract: 3 years

Type of employment: Teilzeit

Remuneration: Die Vergütung erfolgt im Rahmen des TVöD

Vacancy-ID: 95011


Dr. Michael Andreas Klatt

Telefon: +49 731 400198-321

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2024-08-31
Location: Germany, Köln, Nordrhein Westfalen
Categories: Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematician, Mathematics, Physicist, Physics,


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