Opportunities at the Cluster 3DMM2O

Below, you find opportunities to become a part of the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order.

Please note that the Application Portal of the HEiKA Graduate School on "Functional Materials" is open regardless of positions currently advertised on this site.

Joint Call

Open Positions at KIT

1 open position for Doctoral Researchers (f/m/d)

In the group of Prof. Levkin we are looking for a PhD candidate for an exciting project on 3D printing of multifunctional polymer structures.

The project will include:

  • development of novel polymer-based “inks” for 3D printing of multifunctional materials
  • surface and materials characterization
  • various applications of micro-nano structured 3D printed objects including tissue engineering (in collaboration), superhydrophobicity and special wettability

One of the key goals of the project is combining the advantages of 3D-printing with the additional functionality of the inks. The development of new inks will include exploring the wide range of the uv-polymerizable monomers and their composites, as well as the use of new functional solvents (fluorinated alcohols, fatty acids, natural and silicone oils). The use of a solvent not only as a medium for polymerization but as an additional functional part of the printable ink is not yet fully explored and is perspective in various directions, which are: 1) combining 3D macro-ordering with micro-/nano-structuring through polymerization‐induced phase separation, 2) mechanically and chemically tolerant polymers, 3) conductive polymers, 4) bio-compatible yet lipophilic polymer scaffolds.

As much as additive technologies help to shape the material in any required form, they open new horizons for 4D materials, the state of which changes in a controllable and optionally reversed manner. The change of chemical, physical and mechanical properties over time leads to the transition from static polymers to dynamic multifunctional materials. By combination of various approaches, it becomes possible to develop novel multifunctional materials, where additive technology is applied to: 1) the materials with specific properties: from superhydrophilic to superhydrophobic, from continues visco-elastic to solid nano-porous; 2) the materials with controllable temporal and spatial response; 3) new bio-tolerant and bio-compatible polymers for cell- and tissue scaffolds.


Requirements for the application include a degree (MSc or equivalent) with above-average marks in a participating or related field as well as openness to interdisciplinary work for Doctoral Researchers.

  • CV
  • School and University (as applicable: Bsc, MSc) certificates
  • Transcripts (BSc and MSc)
  • Cover Letter
  • Letter of Motivation & Abstract of Research Interest

Contact: Pavel Levkin, levkin∂kit.edu

Please make sure to also check the job offers of KIT for new positions.

Open Positions at Uni HD

Please make sure to also check the "Stellenmarkt" of Heidelberg University for new positions.

Carl Zeiss Foundation Stipends

The Carl Zeiss Foundation Stipend Program within the Carl Zeiss Foundation-Focus∂HEiKA funds Doctoral Positions on self-selected topics as well as specified topics in the area of the Principal Investigators that joined the Cluster recently.

Prospective students of the MSc Materials Science and Engineering may apply for the Carl Zeiss Foundation Qualification Scholarship. More information here.

Bachelor / Master Theses

Bachelor / Master theses are advertised on the websites of Principal Investigators and Postdoctoral Researchers. Please make sure to check the websites of the Cluster scientists in your field of interest that are linked in their respective profile.

Student Assistants

Student assistant at KIT (m/f/d)

In a cooperation between the Wegener's group (Institute of Applied Physics and Institute of Nanotechnology) and the Drexlin´s group (Institute for Astroparticle Physics and KATRIN), the resolution and sensitivity for determining the mass of a neutrino is to be improved by means of a 3D printed scintillating gate structure.

The aim is to develop a corresponding photoresist for 3D laser lithography.

Your tasks:

  • Mixing of lacquers (no synthesis work)
  • Design and creation of print jobs using DeScribe
  • Determination and comparison of print parameters for print evaluation
  • Test prints and exposure of the photosensitive varnish using 1- and 2 photon polymerisation (Nanoscribe PPGT)
  • Examination of the printed structures
  • Keeping a digital laboratory journal

Your profile:

  • Technical or scientific studies
  • Advanced bachelor or master studies
  • Careful work after familiarisation
  • Good communication skills
  • High degree of independently working

You can expect varied tasks where you can deepen your knowledge or gain your first experience in 3D laser lithography. At the same time, you will be part of a motivated interdisciplinary team. The time frame is 40 hours/month.

For more information about the project, click here.

You are welcome to send your application by e-mail to niklas.bojanowski∂kit.edu. We look forward to receiving your application!

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