Research Associate / PhD Student, Supracolloidal Structures

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
27 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in the country. Founded in 1828, today it is a globally oriented, regionally anchored top university as it focuses on the grand challenges of the 21st century. lt develops innovative solutions for the world's most pressing issues. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social sciences and medicine. This wide range of disciplines is a special feature, facilitating interdisciplinarity and transfer of science to society. As a modern employer, it offers attractive working conditions to all employees in teaching, research, technology and administration. The goal is to promote and develop their individual abilities while empowering everyone to reach their full potential. TUD embodies a university culture that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TUD diversity is an essential feature and a quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who would like to commit themselves, their achievements and productivity to the success of the whole institution.

The Research Training Group (RTG) 2767 „Supracolloidal Structures: From Materials to Optical and Electronic Devices“, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD Student (m/f/x)
(subject to personal qualifications, employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

starting as soon as possible. The position is limited for 3 years, with the option of extension. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz-WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualifications (e.g. PhD). 

About the RTG

The RTG 2767 aims to train a new generation of experts who will design materials made of supracolloidal structures from the drawing board to application in components. Nanoparticles are used in many optical and electronic components nowadays. Supracolloidal structures are complex superstructures composed of different nanoparticles, similar to how atoms are linked to molecules. This results in innovative, exceptionally promising optical and electronic properties that go far beyond those of the individual building blocks. To date, these structure-property relationships of the assembled particles are not adequately understood. The technological visions of these new materials include novel solar cells, field amplification for highly sensitive spectroscopy, biosensing applications where complex detection processes are made simpler, and even on-site sample examination using smartphones. In order to realize the technical complexity in the training, numerous institutions are connected within the RTG’s 2767 tight network, including various groups at the TU Dresden, the Universität Leipzig, the TU Dresden Research Cluster cfaed and the Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis as well as the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden, the Helmholtz-Center Dresden-Rossendorf and the Kurt Schwabe Institute for Measurement and Sensor Technology Meinsberg e.V.


  • 3D microscopic particle platforms via multi-material two-photon laser lithography for optical and plasmonic applications.

General Requirements

  • above-average university degree achieved in short study period (excellent Master of Science / diploma in physics, chemistry, mechanical, or electrical engineering with focus on micro-nano-structures), ideally with experience in the processing of thin films, patterning, and/or lithography as well as 3D printing
  • willingness and ability to think beyond the boundaries of your field, to act in an international and diverse environment and to live an open and constructive communication,
  • strong analytic and problem-solving skills, creativity, 
  • an independent, target- and solution-driven work attitude.
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of German would be a plus.

What we offer

You will join an enthusiastic and ambitious research training group, where you can drive your project forward and benefit from inspirational interactions with like-minded researchers. The RTG offers structured training program with technical and soft skill courses, research stays abroad as well as contact to industry.  It offers the opportunity for PhD thesis completion. The working language of our international teams is English.

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment.

Your application (in English only) must include: a motivation letter, your CV with publication list, copy of degree certificate, and transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades). Please include also a link to your Master’s or diploma thesis. Complete applications should be submitted preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf document quoting the reference number RTG2767-B6 (see above) in the subject header to or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Herrn Dr. Robert Kirchner, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is March 2, 2023 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies). 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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