research associate (phd student or postdoc) scientific computing and applied mathematics
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research associate (phd student or postdoc) scientific computing and applied mathematics

United Kingdom 24 Feb 2021


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At TU Dresden, Faculty of Mathematics, Institute of Scientific Computing, the Chair of Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics offers in the DFG Research Group 3013 "Vector- and Tensor-Valued Surface PDEs" at the earliest possible date a position as

Research Associate (PhD Student or Postdoc)

(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

with 75 % or 100 % of the full-time, weekly hours until January 31, 2023 with the option to be extended. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. PhD, habilitation thesis).

The DFGResearch group 3013 deals with the modelling, numerics and simulation of vector- and tensor-valued partial differential equations on surfaces. It connects worldwide leading research groups in the fields of analysis, numerics as well as modelling and simulation of continuum mechanical processes ( Sub-project 1 "Numerical Methods for Surface Fluids" deals with modeling and numerical aspects of surface Navier-Stokes equations. The effects topology and curvature on flow properties are of interest. Sub-project 5 "Active gels on surfaces" considers active polar and nematodynamic models on surfaces, which are used to model the cellular cortex and epithelia tissue.

Tasks:  There are two thematic foci:

(A) Modelling of (active) fluid deformable surfaces,

(B) Efficient numerics to solve the highly nonlinear partial differential equations.

The following task complexes exist within these two focal points:

  • phase field formation of problems to consider topological changes (cell division)
  • data analysis and quantitative comparison with experiments
  • construction and investigation of finite element methods for coupled systems of surface evolution and surface fluids
  • implementation and integration of the developed methods into existing software environment AMDiS/DUNE

Requirements: scientific university degree and, if applicable, PhD in mathematics or a related field of study; good knowledge in the numerics of partial differential equations and basic knowledge in differential geometry, and

  • for focus (A): sound knowledge of liquid crystal theory and phase field modeling
  • for focus (B): sound knowledge in the theory of finite element methods, experience in programming in C++.

We are looking for a PhD Student or postdoctoral candidate who, as part of the working group of Prof. Axel Voigt, will work on one of the projects above.

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities. 

Please send your application with the usual documents (in particular a letter of recommendation) preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal as a single PDF document to or by mail to TU Dresden, Fakultät Mathematik, Institut für Wissenschaftliches Rechnen, Professur für Wissenschaftliches Rechnen und Angewandte Mathematik, Herrn Prof. Axel Voigt  Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. The application deadline is December 9, 2020 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies). 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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