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PhD position at the University of Freiburg: Theo ... (No replies)

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moras 1 month ago

A PhD position is available in the Group “Modelling of Functional Nanosystems” of Prof. Michael Moseler (Institute of Physics) at the University of Freiburg, Germany.


Theoretical prediction of the wetting behaviour of geometrically and chemically anisotropic surfaces

In the laser structuring process the properties of a surface are modified by the targeted creation of microscopic geometric structures. In particular, the process can be used to adjust the wetting behaviour of the surface, with drastic effects on its functional properties (e.g. friction). While the contact angle of a drop on a flat surface can be predicted analytically using the Young's equation, the wetting behaviour on geometrically and chemically anisotropic surfaces is a complex physical problem.

Your tasks

- Systematic investigation of gas/liquid/solid interfaces (contact angle, surface energies) using atomistic simulation methods

- Mathematical modelling based on the simulation results to predict the wetting behaviour of real laser structured surfaces

The research project will be carried out in team and in close cooperation with scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM and the University of Saarbrücken

Your profile

- A master’s degree in physics or related fields

- Experience in programming (e.g. Phython, C, Fortran) and Linux/Unix environments

- Ideally, previous knowledge in the field of atomistic simulations (classical molecular dynamics and/or quantum-mechanical methods)

- Great interest in scientific work and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment

- Creativity and commitment

- Good written and spoken English

What we offer

- An excellent scientific environment in the research group "Modelling of Functional Nanosystems" at the University of Freiburg

- A close cooperation with the group "Multiscale Modelling and Tribosimulation" at Fraunhofer IWM with the possibility of additional use of the local infrastructure

- An exciting mixture of basic research and technologically relevant applications

- Professional and personal development opportunities

- Team-oriented work in a collegial environment

- Flexible working hours and support services to reconcile family and career

For more information and details about the application procedure, please contact Prof. Michael Moseler ([email protected]).

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Ab initio (from electronic structure) calculation of complex processes in materials