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12 PhD Positions in Electro-Optical-Mechanical Materials and Devices for Energy Harvesting Systems
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Date Posted Jun. 13, 2019
Title 12 PhD Positions in Electro-Optical-Mechanical Materials and Devices for Energy Harvesting Systems
University Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany
Department Faculty of Engineering
Application Deadline Jul. 26, 2019
Position Start Date Jan. 1, 2020
  • Graduate Student
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Electrical and/or Electronics

The International Research Training Group (IGK 2495) "Energy Conversion Systems: From Materials to Devices" at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg offers

12 doctoral researcher positions

for various projects related to electro-mechanical and electro-optical energy harvesting systems, including material synthesis, characterization, device integration, and material simulation.

The IGK 2495 was established in 2019 with our partner institute, the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, in order to better understand lead-free perovskite materials for electro-optical-mechanical energy conversion systems. Such alternative energy sources will become increasingly vital over the next decades, not only as sources of renewable energy but also for high-tech applications, such as powering unattended wireless sensors. Of particular importance is the improved understanding of multi-length scale phenomena responsible for the energy conversion, development and implementation of state-of-the-art lead-free perovskite materials, novel 2D and 3D processing techniques, and integration into devices. Various synthesis, manufacturing, and experimental techniques will be utilized and coupled to cutting edge simulations, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.

We are seeking highly motivated doctoral researchers with an MSc, or equivalent, in materials science, chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics, mathematics, or electrical engineering. Ideal candidates have clearly demonstrated excellence through their academic record and timely completion of BSc and MSc studies, in addition to having established interest and experience in the scientific area related to the IGK. Proficient oral and written communication skills in English are required. Doctoral researchers will work closely with various partners in both Germany and Japan, necessitating teamwork and interpersonal skills.

We offer a vibrant research environment, where you will work collaboratively with an international team of German and Japanese scientists and engineers on various aspects of electro-optical-mechanical materials and devices. The international training group will offer a variety of educational and training activities, such as tutorials, hands-on workshops, and yearly summer schools, to support doctoral researchers during their projects as well as develop intercultural training. As part of each project, an extended research stay (6 to 12 months) at our partner institute Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan is expected. We strive for an open and inclusive research environment.

The salary is according to German standard (E13 TL-V). All positions will be for 3 years.

The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is interested in increasing the share of women in research and teaching positions and, therefore, explicitly encourages female candidates to apply.

Applications should include a CV, a letter of motivation, academic transcripts and certificates, a letter of recommendation, and, if necessary, a letter detailing any other pertinent information, such as prolonged delays in study or significant extracurricular activities. Please note which project or projects you are interested in applying for; more information about individual projects can be found at Applications should be electronically sent by 26.07.2019 to Prof. Dr. Kyle Webber (

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Contact Information

  • Kyle Webber
    Faculty of Engineering
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Erlangen, Bavaria 91058


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