Postdoc: Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research

Postdoctoral Researcher Position at the Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (IFW)

The Institute of Metallic Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) offers a postdoc position.

Project: “Shape Memory Alloys applied for Harvesting Low Temperature Waste Heat” starting from May 2019.


Laboratory is looking for a Postdoc interested in developing a new approach for converting low temperature waste heat to electricity by using shape memory alloys. This work includes the design, construction, and evaluation of a novel demonstrator using shape memory materials as active component. This research is connected to our recent work, where we used magnetocaloric materials for this type of energy conversion and accordingly part of the knowledge and technology can be re-used for a fast progress.

Project: This work is embedded in the research group called “Functional magnetic films” which examines magnetocaloric, multicaloric, (magnetic) shape memory and hard magnetic films and materials for energy applications like magnetocaloric refrigeration and thermomagnetic generators. Collaborations with various research teams working on energy materials and devices within the IMW are possible: e. g. thermoelectric materials and devices, ferroelectric and electrocaloric films, magneto-ionic materials.

For further information please contact: Dr. Sebastian Fähler (s.faehler(at) 

Requirements / Qualifications:

  1. PhD in material science, engineering or physics.
  2. Experimental knowledge on shape memory alloys and their integration into devices is helpful.
  3. Experience or interest in modelling mechanical and thermal subsystems are beneficial.
  4. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are required.

Fellowships details:

The contract is primarily limited to 12 months and will be extended by another year upon a successful midterm evaluation.

Application Procedure:

Please send your application (in English or German) including a cover letter with motivational statement, CV, copies of certificates, list of publications and other relevant material (if applicable) quoting the reference number DM2103-3-FEH/2019 in a single PDF file exclusively to bewerbung(at) 

Deadline: 28 February 2019

Quick Overview————-
OrganizationLeibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden)
Fellowship LevelPostdoctoral
Subject areasMaterial Science, Engineering or Physics
Fellowship amountVaries
EligibilityPhD degree
Deadline28 February 2019

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