Research Associate in the field of Hierarchical Topologies

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
according to salary group E 13 TV-L
05 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
11 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

At TU Dresden, School of Engineering Sciences, the newly established Lab Dresden Center for Intelligent Materials (DCIM) offers in the field of Hierarchical Topologies – Intelligent Systems with material-inherent functions a position as

Research Associate

(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E13 TV-L)

starting at the next possible date and limited until December 31, 2022. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). An extension of the contract and further scientific qualification is planned, subject to results and availability of funding. The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification.

The Lab Dresden Center for Intelligent Materials (GCL DCIM) focuses on novel materials which are fundamental components of intelligent systems. Such systems autonomously feel, think and act through integrated sensor and actuator functionalities. The Lab consists of two research groups - Materials Informatics and Hierarchical Topologies - who closely cooperate.

The research group Hierarchical Topologies develops novel methods for the design and engineering of intelligent systems. Based on networks of hierarchical topologies, material-inherent effects are engineered to complex systems to provide self-configuring or self-adapting properties. The functionality on system level emerges from the complex interaction of material-inherent and topology-inherent properties. The group aims both at engineering advanced mechanical functions, such as actively controllable deformations, as well as at non-mechanical ones such as magnetic permeability, thermal or electrical conductivity. The solution of this complex task requires a closely networked and interdisciplinary team with the necessary expertise in engineering, materials and computer science.

We offer an interdisciplinary and international work environment of enthusiastic young scientists in a startup-like open atmosphere, inspired by the innovative approach and support of the DCIM Lab. Your research environment will include access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure of DRESDEN-concept, the promotion of gender equality and a family-friendly working environment.

Tasks: In our team, you will be integrated into the research activities of the Hierarchical Topologies group and will strongly interact with researchers from multiple groups in the field. Your tasks include:

  • Parametric design and simulation of multi-material systems (e.g. CAD models, flexible multibody systems, finite element analysis)
  • Analysis and description of the structure-property-process SPP relations through data-driven methods (e.g. deep & reinforcement learning)
  • Engineering and manufacturing of intelligent prototypes (e.g. cyber-physical systems, 3D additive manufacturing)
  • Communication of research outcomes at international conferences and publication at international peer-reviewed journals.

Requirements: a top-notch proactive young person, who wants to excel in an international environment.

  • Very good university degree is required, preferably in mechatronic engineering, computer science, electrical or mechanical engineering.
  • Academic or industrial experience is considered advantageous in the fields of simulations, system engineering, data-driven methods and materiomics.
  • Personal initiative to solve complex problems is expected, the ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Excellent communication English language skills.

For questions regarding the position, please refer to or contact the Group Leader Hierarchical Topologies, Dr.-Ing. Angelos Filippatos ( 

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

Please submit your comprehensive application including a motivation letter, CV, if available list of publications, two letters of references and analytical grades of your degree as one single pdf-file until March 11, 2021 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf document to with subject in the header: "Application PhD DCIM Hierarchical Topologies, your_surname" or by mail to TU Dresden, Fakultät Maschinenwesen, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, Professur für Materialwissenschaft und Nanotechnik, Herrn Prof. Dr. Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed. 

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