Call for PhD applications


The University of Bremen is a mid-sized university with 250 professorships and almost 20,000 enrolled students. It was recently elected as a “University of Excellence” and belongs to the top league of German universities, offering a broad range of subjects and outstanding, internationally renowned research. At the same time it provides a distinguished diversity management that realizes equal opportunities and is a family-certified University. Within this highly attractive framework the following new DFG-funded Research Training group will be established in the Department of Production Engineering which is one of the top Departments in Germany in terms of extramural funding.

The Research Training Group MIMENIMA (GRK 1860) 
Micro-, meso- and macroporous non-metallic Materials: Fundamentals and Application offers
11 Full PhD Positions (TV-L 13, Dr.-Ing./Dr.rer.nat) 
starting October 1st, 2013, for a fixed term of 3 years.

We invite highly motivated and outstanding Graduate students (Master/Diploma) graduating in 2013 with a sound background in materials science, physics, chemistry, biotechnology, mechanical or chemical engineering and related areas to apply. Entry requirements are certified language skills (German or English) at a level of at least B1 (CEFR or comparable).

A group of internationally renowned researchers together with excellent funding provides unique opportunities to develop your career in a vibrant scientific environment. The exceptional research idea of MIMENIMA is the conditioning of novel porous ceramic structures and their surfaces for applications in important emerging fields of energy, environmental, chemical processing, bio- and space technology. This challenging and interdisciplinary research field covers the following sub topics:

Advanced Ceramic Sciences
Processing and properties adjustment of porous ceramics and hybrid materials

Structure and Process Analysis 
NMR analysis of mass transport and in-situ analysis of mesoporous structures based on light scattering

Fundamentals of Mass Transport in Porous Ceramics and its Visualization 
Field effects on separation processes and deep bed filtration analyzed with NMR-imaging and X-Ray tomography, the later in cooperation with TU Dresden and HASYLAB Hamburg

Modelling and Simulation
Mechanics of porous ceramics, emulgation, multiphase fluid dynamics and flow processes

Special Application of Porous Ceramics 
Capillary flow at cryogenic conditions and low accelerations, and control of catalyzed reaction through adjusted pore structures

Further information on the 11 open multifaceted research projects and the background of the participating institutes is available at:

In addition to this multidisciplinary research program MIMENIMA offers an educational program with tailored scientific lectures, visiting scientist seminars, lab courses, soft-skill workshops, summer schools, research visits at international cooperation partners, a mentoring program for the career development of women and an ongoing coaching of your scientific work. The central aim of the educational training is an interdisciplinary and structured education at the highest scientific level. Establishing networks with top international research groups is part of this training.

The University of Bremen intends to further increase the share of women in academic employment; women are explicitly encouraged to apply. Applicants with a migratory background and international applications are highly welcome.

Disabled candidates will receive preferred consideration over equally qualified contenders.

Please send your application which includes A) a motivation letter reasoning your interest for a specific research project described on our webpage (max. 1 page), B) a full CV (max. 2 pages) including contact details of 2 references, C) copies of university certificates incl. transcripts and D) a brief summary of your thesis and previous research projects (max. 2 pages) under the reference number A47/13 in one single electronic PDF-file to

University of Bremen, Keramische Werkstoffe und Bauteile,
attn: Prof. Dr.-Ing. K. Rezwan
Am Biologischen Garten 2 / IW3
D-28359 Bremen
Germany E-Mail:

Deadline for applications: 01.04.2013

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