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The Institute for Structural Mechanics at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering is looking for a 

PhD student (m,f,x) for 3 years with 39,83 hours per week, TV-L E13

The Institute for Structural Mechanics (Prof. Dr. Roger A. Sauer) conducts research on numerical methods, isogeometric analysis (IGA), computational intelligence, and structural reliability. More details can be found in www.sd.rub.de. We are currently looking for a PhD student (100%) who will work on a research project related to the computational optimization of shell and membrane structures.

The objective of the project is to develop numerical methods for the efficient computational optimization of slender shell and membrane structures in the framework of Isogeometric Analysis (IGA). IGA is a modern computational technique that combines Computer Aided Design and Finite Element Analysis. This offers several advantages and innovations in the computational optimization that will be explored in this project. Apart from classical engineering structures, biomedical and biophysical applications will also be explored.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:
08.07.2024

Your tasks:

  • Develop numerical methods for the efficient computational optimization of slender shell and membrane structures in the framework of IGA.
  • Explore applications of the developed framework in classical engineering structures, biomedical and biophysical engineering.
  • Involve in teaching activities at the Institute for Structural Mechanics as well as advise/supervise bachelor and master theses on related topics.

Your profile:

  • The candidate should have a master degree in civil or mechanical engineering or in compatible fields, e.g. computational engineering, computational mechanics or applied mathematics.
  • The candidate should possess a high level of abstract thinking and be familiar with sophisticated programming languages such as C++ and Python.
  • Excellent command of English in speaking and writing are required.

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • A friendly and collegial environment
  • Employment at one of the largest universities in Germany within the University Alliance Ruhr
  • Fair working hours and family-friendly working

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews. https://www.wpr.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

The load of teaching will be calculated according to § 3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).
https://www.daf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/sbgk/index.html.en

You can find information about TVL at: https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/

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:

Dr.-Ing. Ba Trung Cao, Phone: +49234 32 29070

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your applicationdocuments (curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, etc) with the specification ANR:3346 ("Application for shell optimization position") until 08/07/2024, send by e-mail in an single pdf file to the following address: ba.cao@rub.de

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