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livMatS Demonstrators

Postdoctoral position as project coordinator and laboratory manager for livMatS demonstrators

In the framework of livMatS, technological demonstrators will be designed and built to integrate the research areas A-D. The demonstrators represent attractive research challenges and serve as lighthouses guiding research in the cluster. They will showcase the feasibility of the technologies developed in livMatS, be the first steps towards their later implementation in collaboration with suitable industrial partners, and highlight their wide application range.

Demonstrators will be built along three different lines: two proof-of-concept demonstrators (Artificial Venus Flytrap and Soft Autonomous Machines), and one set of demonstrators oriented towards practical applications (Shape-Adaptive Objects). Due to its integrative nature, demonstrator development has high strategic priority in livMatS. For day-to-day coordination, the Cluster is searching for a coordinator at the postdoctoral level. The coordinator will also assume the role of the laboratory manager of the new (micro-)mechanics laboratory and will be responsible for its establishment and coordination. Four doctoral researchers will be working on the design and realization of the demonstrators. In close cooperation with the coordinator and the responsible PIs, they will connect to research in Research Areas A - D and benefit from the experience of the Fraunhofer partners in applied research.

Applicants must hold a doctorate in the fields of biology, biomechanics or biophysics. Key competences for the demonstrator development and laboratory management are physical understanding in quantitative analyses, experience in the development of soft robotic, soft material systems and principle demonstrators as well as experience in project coordination, planning and coordination of work processes in biomimetic projects. Knowledge and experience in histo-chemical procedures, imaging methods (e.g. LM, TEM, SEM, µ-CT, 3D-analyses with ARAMIS) as well as multi-scale mechanical testing, a good knowledge about plant diversity, and experience in the field of statistical analyses will be necessary/greatly appreciated. Essential tasks are project coordination, laboratory management and interdisciplinary cooperation with the project partners. As an ideal applicant for the position you are creative, communicative, have assertiveness and leadership responsibility, are highly self-motivated and excel at scientific challenges

Applications are closed as of February 22nd 2019. We expect to fill this position by April 1st 2019. The position will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck.

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