University of Primorska Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies

Friday, 2 April 2021 Research position for a doctoral student at Fraunhofer WKI (Germany) in cooperation with InnoRenew and UP

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut in Braunschweig, Germany is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (PhD student) in the area of wood engineering and mechanics focused on textile-reinforced timber.

This position is funded by an EU Center of Excellence, InnoRenew in Koper, Slovenia and the research will be conducted in cooperation with the University of Primorska. Fraunhofer WKI is a leading institution in wood research and has excellent facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality staff. A new research facility focused on light structural systems is scheduled to open in June 2021. It will include a shake-table, high-frequency shaker, dynamic test frame, environmental AFM, large-force DMTA and other equipment for material- and fire-related experiments.

The successful candidate will have a master's degree in Material Science, Textile Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field, will have excellent analytical and mathematical skills, and the ability to work independently on challenging research tasks. While knowledge of the German language is not required, the candidate is expected to attain working knowledge of German within one year of appointment.

The focus will be fundamental interface behavior of composite-reinforced wood structural elements and connections and their fundamental behavior under mechanical and environmental stress. The research will be both, experimental and analytical.
This is a 12-month position, renewable for up to three years based on performance. This is a half-time position with full benefits following the German public service salary scale. The possibility to increase the appointment level after the first year exists and will depend on the candidate´s ability to formulate and communicate his or her own research ideas.

Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).

More information is available on this link.