The Chair TP1 of Fakulty of Physics and Astronomy is looking for a 

PhD student (m,f,d), for 3 years with 29,87 hours per week (TVL E13) 

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities in Germany. It is part of the University Alliance Ruhr, Germany’s largest academic hub, home to more than 120000 students, 14000 researchers and 20 Collaborative Research Centres. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is also a funding member of the Ruhr Astroparticle and Plasma Center, RAPP, that combines efforts in the fields of plasma, particle and astrophysics in the Ruhr Area.

The Institute for Theoretical Physics I of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Bochum, Germany) invites applications from candidates (m/f/d) with interest in multi-scale plasma processes (magnetic reconnection, turbulence, instabilities), and in innovative numerical methods for the simulation of plasmas.

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
time limit: 19.06.2022

Your tasks:

  • Investigation of magnetic reconnection in relativistic plasmas
  • Model development
  • Code development

Your profile:
The candidate should be familiar with at least some of the following

  • (Relativistic) plasma physics
  • Numerical methods for the simulation of plasmas, preferentially kinetic
  • High Performance Computing

You are comfortable in a diverse and international environment

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • Team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • employment at one of Germany's largest universities in the University Alliance Ruhr network
  • The PhD candidate will benefit from being part of a wide and cohesive collaboration, where particular attention is paid to the career development of younger members.

Additional information:

The position is part of the recently funded Collaborative Research Center “Cosmic interacting matter”:

that brings together expertise from the fields of astrophysics, plasma physics, particle physics.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Jun-Prof. Dr. Maria Elena Innocenti, Phone: +49234 32 23757

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 367 until 19.06.2022, send by e-mail to the following address:

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