Job as research associate / doctoral student at TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DRESDEN (TU DRESDEN)

the Research training groupp (RTG) 2767 “Supracolloidal structures: from materials to optical and electronic devices” from TU Dresden, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), offers a post of

Associate Researcher / PhD Student (m/f/x)
(subject to personal qualifications, employees are paid according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

departure as soon as possible, initially limited to 3 years, with possibility of extension. The duration of employment is regulated by the law on fixed-term research contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz-WissZeitVG). The position is aimed at obtaining an additional academic qualification (e.g. PhD).

Position: RTG2767-A6
Researchers: Dr. Bernd Rellinghaus / Prof. Dr. Andreas Fery
Terms: 75% of full-time weekly hours
Tasks: In situ and in operando characterization of functional self-assembled nanostructures
Requirements: Excellent university degree (MSc or diploma) in physics, materials science or chemistry; Experience in experimental transmission electron microscopy. Complementary experiences in the treatment of nanostructured or nanoparticulate materials are appreciated.

Description of the doctoral task
The project aims to understand and control self-assembly processes during the growth and assembly of nanoscopic functional elements using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Here, DNA-mediated assembly of nanomaterials and novel nano-actuators based on Au nanorods attached to DNA origami will be directly observed by liquid-phase electron microscopy to identify and optimize the kinetic parameters that govern assembly processes. Additionally, the electrically biased switching of the nano-actuators is provided to be monitored operando in the microscope. Since collateral beam damage is unavoidable in in situ TEM, low dose strategies should be developed and ex situ control experiments using high resolution analytical TEM should be conducted to quantify and minimize these beam-induced artifacts. beam.

About RTG
RTG 2767 aims to train a new generation of experts who will design materials made of supracolloidal structures from the drawing board to application in components. Nanoparticles are used today in many optical and electronic components. Supracolloidal structures are complex superstructures made up of different nanoparticles, similar to the way atoms are bonded to molecules. The result is innovative and exceptionally promising optical and electronic properties that go far beyond those of the individual building blocks. To date, these structure-property relationships of the assembled particles are not sufficiently understood. Technological visions of these new materials include new solar cells, field amplification for highly sensitive spectroscopy, biosensing applications where complex detection processes are simplified, and even on-site sample examination at the smartphone help. In order to realize the technical complexity of the training, many institutions are connected within the close network 2767 of the RTG, including various groups from the TU Dresden, the Universität Leipzig, the TU Dresden Research Cluster cfaed and the Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis as well as the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V., the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf e. V. and the Kurt-Schwabe-Institut für Mess- und Sensortechnik Meinsberg eV


  • above-average university degree obtained in a short period of study,
  • willingness and ability to think beyond the boundaries of your field, to act in an international and diverse environment and to experience open and constructive communication,
  • strong analytical and problem-solving skills, creativity,

o an independent working attitude, focused on objectives and solutions,
o Fluency in English, knowledge of German would be a plus.

What we offer
You will join an enthusiastic and ambitious research training group, where you can take your project forward and benefit from inspiring interactions with like-minded researchers. The RTG offers a structured training program with technical and soft skills courses, research stays abroad as well as contacts with industry. It offers the possibility of completing a doctoral thesis. The working language of our international teams is English.

For all informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Bernd Rellinghaus ([email protected],
+49-351-463-32189) or Kristin Schmidt ([email protected], +49 351 463-43703).

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same goes for people with disabilities.

Your application (in English only) should include: a letter of motivation, your CV with list of publications, a copy of the diploma and a transcript of records (i.e. the official list of courses, including your grades) . Please also include a link to your master’s or diploma thesis. Complete applications should be submitted preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail portal by sending it as a single pdf document quoting the reference number RTG2767-A6 in the subject header to [email protected] or by mail to: TU Dresden, cfaed, z. HD. Frau Kristin Schmidt, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is June 8, 2022 (the arrival date stamped from the university’s central mail service applies). Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Costs incurred to attend interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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