Open Positions 1
Time Span as soon as possible for 2 years
Application Deadline 30 Sep 2021
Type of Position
PhD - Individual Supervisor
Field of Research
Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Description The TU Kaiserslautern (TUK) stands for research strength,
good teaching and a cosmopolitan and family-like atmosphere. With flat
hierarchies, modern infrastructure and family-friendly benefits, the only one
technical university in Rhineland-Palatinate is an attractive employer that
offers its employees future-proof prospects. Research and teaching here is
primarily in the fields of natural sciences and engineering, as well as social
sciences, economics, planning and architecture. More than 100 courses of study
are offered at 12 departments and the DISC distance learning center, and
around 14,500 students and 2,500 staff members enliven the green campus, which
is close to nature, every day. The company health management, university
sports and CampusKultur provide a wide range of sports, health and leisure
The research group Interfaces, Nanomaterials and Biophysics (Prof. Dr.
Christiane Ziegler) in the Department of Physics at the Technical University
of Kaiserslautern has been working for many years on the investigation of
complex interfaces and the use of surface analytical methods. One focus is on
interfaces between biological systems and technical surfaces and their
characterization using atomic force microscopy. The Environmental and Soil
Chemistry group at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the campus
Landau of the University of Koblenz-Landau is engaged in fundamental research
on soil structure, natural substances and the fate of nanoparticles in natural
waters. A variety of methods are used and interdisciplinarity is promoted.
The Technical University of Kaiserslautern and the campus Landau of the
University of Koblenz-Landau will be merged following the decision of the
university restructuring law from October 2020. As of 01.01.2023, the merged
university should exist. The Carl Zeiss Foundation supports cross-site
research on STEM-based sustainability topics between the Technical University
of Kaiserslautern (TUK) and the Campus Landau (CLD) of the University of
Koblenz-Landau for the period from 1.7.2021 to 30.6.2023 by establishing a
Carl Zeiss Cooperation Fund for Sustainability Research.
In the context of the approved project "Investigation of the behavior of
nanoparticles in natural waters using atomic force microscopy and spectroscopy
(SFM, SFS)", the following position is to be filled as soon as possible:
Nanoparticles are an important component of the Earth's biogeochemical system.
To this end, an estimated 1-10 million tons of anthropogenic nanoparticles are
released into the environment each year through various mechanisms. For
example, directly through the weathering of facade paint or building materials
containing nanoparticles as pigments or additives. Another example of direct
input is the release of nanoparticles from cosmetic products such as
sunscreens, which very often contain titanium dioxide nanoparticles
(n-TiO2). Additional indirect sources are, for example, from wastewater
which often cannot be completely purified from nanoparticulate pollutants in
treatment plants. That is why many ecosystems are facing pollution by
anthropogenic nanoparticles which could become significant in the future due
to direct toxicity or more complex interactions with other pollutants.
Different waters contain different substances that can sorb on nanoparticles
and natural particles, where they exhibit adhesion forces that are
distinguishable from each other. This leads to altered aggregation behavior,
which is critical for environmental fate and pollutant behavior. In this
project, atomic force microscopy and spectroscopy will be used to study the
adhesion behavior of nanoparticles. Methods need to be developed to immobilize
even small nanoparticles that are not visible in the optical microscope on the
cantilever. In addition, it must be examined how to overcome the gap between
model experiment (known substances in a model liquid) and an experiment in a
flowing water of unknown composition.
• Planning and execution of the experiments including data evaluation
• Interdisciplinary cooperation between the participating working groups
• Presentation at national and international conferences
• Publications in international journals
• Scientific university degree (master or comparable) in physics,
technophysics, biophysics, chemistry, biology (with deep interest in
physics) or a related discipline
• Previous experience in experimental laboratory work (from bachelor/master
• Previous experience in scanning probe microscopy desirable
• High motivation for independent work and research
• Strong interest in interdisciplinary work
• Ability to work in a team
• Varied and exciting biophysical research with interdisciplinary as well as
• a versatile and diversified activity and a pleasant working atmosphere in
two dedicated, interdisciplinary teams
• Possibility to apply for a PhD-degree
• Payment according to the collective agreement for the public service of the
federal states (E 13 TV-L)
• Additional pension plan (VBL)
• Discounted ticket for public transportation (job ticket)
• Company health management
Please send your detailed application, preferably by e-mail, to:
Fachbereich Physik, AG Ziegler
Postfach 30 49
oder E-mail: email@example.com
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christine Müller-Renno (Tel.:
0631-205 3235, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Allan Philippe
(Tel.: 06341-280 31589, email: email@example.com).
• The contractual employment takes place at the TU Kaiserslautern.
• The Technical University of Kaiserslautern as well as the University of
Landau strongly encourage qualified academics to apply.
• Applicants with children are welcome.
• Please submit only uncertified copies and do not use folders/clear slides as
they will not be returned due to costs.
• If applying electronically, please attach only one single contiguous PDF.
• Data protection compliant destruction after completion of the job filling
process is guaranteed.
• Costs incurred in connection with your application (travel expenses or
similar) will not be reimbursed.
• We do not send confirmations of receipt.
• By submitting your application, you consent to the further internal
processing of your data for official purposes in accordance with the European
Data Protection Regulation (DS-GVO) and the State Data Protection Act RLP.
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