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PhD student in Biomimetics

The Hochschule Bremen – City University of Applied Sciences (HSB) is characterized by the poles of tradition and innovation. Although its roots extend back more than two hundred years, our range of faculties is modern and uniquely oriented toward the future. The HSB is member of UAS7, a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences committed to excellence in teaching and research. Since its foundation in 2005 the Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre (B-I-C) at the HSB has been coordinating research activities in the fields of fundamental interdisciplinary research and development.

Currently the B-I-C is looking for an outstanding PhD candidate to conduct a highly interdisciplinary research project at the interface of biology, biomechanics and engineering. Research within the project will focus on the biomechanical and morphological analysis of skeletal structures with an initial emphasis on arthropod exoskeletons and echinoderm endoskeletons. One of the main goals of the project is the analysis, development and construction of bio-inspired joint structures for aerospace applications. The student will work closely together with Prof. Dr. Dirks (Biological Structures and Biomimetics) and Prof. Dr. Labisch (Biomechanics and Design). Parts of the project are in close collaboration with industrial partners, allowing the student to gain valuable first-hand experience in industrial research collaboration.

A suitable candidate will have a Master’s degree (or be close to completion) in either organismal biology, biomechanics, engineering or materials sciences. Experience in morphological characterization techniques (microCT, SEM, etc.), construction of custom-made experimental setups and mechanical materials testing is very helpful yet not required. The willingness to gain additional experience in in computational techniques (CAD, FEA and MBD) will be advantageous. A language proficiency level of at least B2 in either English or German is expected, basic knowledge of German will be helpful.

The preferred starting date is end of 2019 or early 2020. The position will be paid on a 65% TVöD 13 level and is limited to a maximum of three years after start. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please send your application including CV, a letter of motivation for a PhD project (one page) and contact details of two possible references via email to

Professor Dr. Jan-Henning Dirks, Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre, Hochschule Bremen, jan-henning.dirks@hs-bremen.de