Research Associate / PhD student, “Mineral-bonded composites for enhanced structural impact safety”

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
03 May 2023
End of advertisement period
31 May 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
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 “Mineral-bonded composites for enhanced structural impact safety” (GRK 2250), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD student (m/f/x)
on the topic of Analysis and Evaluation of the Sustainability Nexus of Reinforcement Measures with New Composite Materials
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

starting as soon as possible. The position is limited until April 30, 2026, subject to resources being available. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz-WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (e.g. PhD).


  • independent and cooperative qualification, as well as technical training on Sustainability Assessment (SA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC), Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA), and resilience in the built environment through a combination of independent and cooperative learning approaches and literature review
  • contribute to the advancement of the Resource Nexus from the perspective of the doctoral project
  • working in collaboration with other GRK project’s members (fellow students and supervising professors) as well as colleagues at UNU-FLORES and within the UN System
  • implementing the planned research program; evaluating and interpreting the results; transferring the findings to a GRK internal exchange platform; elaborating and presenting the state-of-the-art in various research areas
  • participating in lectures, workshops, and summer schools according to the guidelines of the GRK curriculum
  • supporting scientific graduation work (Bachelor/Master/Diploma) in the subject-specific research field
  • regular reporting on research progress to the supervising professors
  • publishing the results of the research work both individually and in collaboration with others
  • cooperative maintenance of data-sharing platforms (database, informational web pages, etc.)
  • summarizing the results of the PhD project in a dissertation within the due time of 3 years.


  • very good university degree in one or more of the following areas: business administration, economics, engineering (in particular, civil/structural), sustainability studies and environmental sciences
  • experience in two or more of the following: sustainability assessment methodologies, resilience evaluation, cementitious composites, and structural impact safety
  • strong interdisciplinary desire to learn and willingness to cooperate
  • very good verbal and written English communication skills
  • unwavering determination to submit the dissertation after 3 years of research.

Working environment:

  • thought-provoking environment for research, teaching, and practice in the field of sustainability
  • close collaboration with UNU-FLORES colleagues
  • duty station located at UNU-FLORES
  • opportunity to develop personal and professional skills through cooperation in interdisciplinary topics at UNU-FLORES
  • opportunity to transfer knowledge into business practice and policy
  • flexible working arrangements
  • creative, communicative and result-oriented workplace within an international team
  • beautiful university location; variety of sports facilities on the campus; recognized excellence university; certified family-friendly university.

For further information, please contact Ms. Daisy Waked at 0351 8921 9376 or

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.

Please submit your comprehensive application including the usual documents (cover letter detailing your research interests in accordance with, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts with marks, letter of recommendation, publications (if applicable)) by May 31, 2023 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies), preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf document to or to: TU Dresden, GRK 2250, Herrn Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mechtcherine, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. 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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