Post Doc Position in Biology

University of Freiburg



Scientific assistant / PostDoc position (m/f/d)

The Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg (Botanic Garden, Faculty of Biology, head: Prof. Speck) invites applications for a Scientific assistant / PostDoc position (m/f/d) | term for filing application: 13.03.2020
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The Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg (Botanic Garden, Faculty of Biology, head: Prof. Speck) invites applications for a

Scientific assistant / PostDoc position (m/f/d)
Fulltime position, Start-date: At the earliest possible date.

Project description:
The Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg (Botanic Garden, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany; head: Prof. Speck) invites applications for the position of a Scientific assistant/PostDoc position (m/f/d) for the BioElast project “Kinematische Prinzipien und Bewegungsdesign bei sich durch Verformung bewegende Pflanzenstrukturen als Ideengeber für bioinspirierte Materialsysteme und Bauelemente in der Architektur” („Kinematic principles and motion design in shape shifting plant structures as concept generators for bio-inspired material systems and building elements in architecture”). The BioElast project, funded by the State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Sciences, Research and Arts, brings together researchers from various scientific fields to explore plant movements as concept generators for the development of biomimetic compliant systems for architecture. The study will include the analysis of functional morphology, biomechanics and functional resilience of several plant role models, e.g. snap-trap carnivorous plants. In collaboration with project partners from the IBB Stuttgart (Institut für Baustatik und Baudynamik / Institute for Structural Mechanics), the results will be used in iterative steps for modelling and simulation of biomechanics and actuation principles of plant movements, finally leading to the establishment of a theoretical motion design framework.

Expected candidate profile
Applicants must have a doctorate or a M. Sc. (or equal) degree in Biology, Biomechanics, Biomimetics or a related field. Key competences for the analysis of plant role models and abstraction of the underlying form-structure-function relationships are physical understanding in quantitative analyses, experience in developing and adapting mechanical test setups, and the ability to work at the interface between basic biological research and engineering sciences. Knowledge and experience in histochemical procedures, imaging methods (e.g. LM, TEM, SEM, μ- CT, 3D-Digital Image Correlation analyses) and subsequent software processing (e.g. Amira/Avizo, GOM-Aramis) as well as multi-scale mechanical testing, a good knowledge about plant diversity, and experience in the field of statistical analyses will be necessary. Proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory.

The application has to include a letter of motivation, a CV (including list of publications) and copies of pertinent certificates. The successful candidate is expected to start as early as possible.

The position is limited for 12 months as parental leave replacement. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send in a complete and convincing application in English with the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000933, by date 13.03.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Universität Freiburg
Botanischer Garten
Schänzlestr. 1
79104 Freiburg
E-Mail (lease combine all documents into one single pdf file):
For further information, please contact Herr Prof.Dr. Thomas Speck on the phone number +49 761 203-2875 or E-Mail .
General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).
Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.
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