Professor (W3) for Nanostructured Functional Materials

Karlsruhe (DE)
04 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is our goal to make significant contributions to mastering the global challenges of mankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9300 employees of KIT cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in research, academic education, and innovation. 

The Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) is a cross-departmental institute for research and education of engineers in the area of materials science and technology. The Institute for Applied Materials – Materials and Biomechanics (IAM-WBM) invites applications for the position of a

Professor (W3) for Nanostructured Functional Materials

as of the next possible date. This professorship is associated with an executive function in the large-scale research sector of KIT, in Division III – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and at the KIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. For the first four years, this professorship will be supported by the foundation of Robert Bosch GmbH. 

Candidates should be internationally renowned in materials science and technology and have vast expertise in mechanics and reliability of nanostructured functional materials. 

Potential research fields include the experimental and theoretical design and functionalization of interfaces and surfaces by innovative manufacturing methods. Potential applications cover novel types of electric conductors, passive sensors for the detection of environmental conditions, or energy harvesters for autonomous sensor nodes. 

Another important task will be the positioning of the IAM-WBM within the programs of the Helmholtz Association, in particular in the research fields of energy and information. Candidates are expected to be experienced in the acquisition and execution of projects funded by third parties. Leadership experience with responsibility for staff will be indispensable. Applicants are expected to be willing to cooperate within the IAM and with other institutes and centers of KIT as well as to assume an active role in the self-administration of the university. In addition, applicants should have excellent didactic skills in academic education in order to successfully run the bachelor’s and master’s programs in “Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik” (Materials Science and Engineering) together with other professors of the KIT department. A habilitation or equivalent scientific achievements are required. 

KIT wishes to increase the proportion of female professors and, hence, strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Handicapped applicants having the same qualification will be preferred. The employment conditions as outlined in Article 47 LHG (Law of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges) shall apply.

Kindly send your application, including the usual documents (CV, certificates, official documents, list of publications, including five selected publications, as well as documentation of previous research and teaching activity), in written and electronic form (as PDF file) by January 31, 2018 to the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Dekan der KIT-Fakultät für Maschinenbau, 76049 Karlsruhe, Germany, email:

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