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Group Leader "Materials" within the Research Unit "Composites"
Leibniz University Hannover / ForWind
Hannover, Germany
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The Institute of Structural Analysis (ISD) invites applications for the position of a Group Leader (Postdoc, m/f/d) within the Research Unit "Composites" (Salary Scale 14 TV-L, 100 %) to be appointed at the earliest possible date. The position is initially limited to 3 years.

Responsibilities and duties

The research unit “Composites” at the Institute of Structural Analysis is divided into two closely collaborating groups – “Structures” and “Materials”. The successful candidate will manage the “Materials” group. Activities will include developing and implementing models to simulate progressive failure of composite materials and layered structures, acquisition of new research projects, supervising doctoral candidates and publication in international journals.

The department is guided by the principle “composites as energy efficient and sustainable materials” and, through their research, aims to contribute to energy transition as well as expand their network. An affinity or basic experience in at least one of the fields of energy-efficient aviation, wind energy, hydrogen storage, recyclability of composite materials would therefore be advantageous. The successful candidate shall participate in teaching at the institute or teach independently in their area of research.

Requirements for employment

Candidates must have completed a university science degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, computational science in engineering or a similar field. Very good knowledge of computational mechanics is required. Good German proficiency (level B2) with the intention of reaching level C1 within one year is essential.

Leibniz University Hannover considers itself a family-friendly university and therefore promotes a balance between work and family responsibilities. Part-time employment is possible, provided that the position can be filled in full through further part-time staffing.

The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Women are under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. R. Rolfes (Tel. +49 511 762-2992; Email:

Please send your application accompanied by the necessary supporting documents by July 3, 2022 with the reference 119 in electronic form (1 pdf document) to:

or by post to:
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institut für Statik und Dynamik
Appelstr. 9A
30167 Hannover

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