Open positions

The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1411 “Design of Particulate Products” at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, invites applications for

Doctoral Researcher Positions (f/m/d)

according to the TV-L payscale E13 starting as soon as possible.

CRC 1411 is a newly established initiative funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It considers, through 20 participating projects, the predictive model based design and practical process realisation of particulate products. These range from single nanoparticles with controlled shape and composition, through hierarchically organised assemblies of particles, up to particle packings as stationary phases for chromatographic separation. The CRC will target scientific breakthroughs in the product engineering of nanoparticles with optimised optical properties produced by continuous synthesis directly coupled to property-specific classification of nanoparticles by chromatography. The research will be carried out in Erlangen at selected institutes of the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. One project will be located at the NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum of the University of Duisburg-Essen. Doctoral dissertations will be evaluated according to the regulations of the appropriate faculty. More details of the participating projects can be found at the CRC website:

Doctoral researchers will be expected to actively participate in the integrated Research Training Group of the CRC (iRTG-ParSciTech). This provides a framework for the supervision of individual projects, usually by two principal investigators of the CRC. It also nurtures a collaborative network between all CRC projects through regular meetings and retreats. Finally, it prescribes a qualification programme which aims to promote members’ scientific development, through participation in advanced lectures, conferences, stays in research labs abroad, and publishing but also in transferable skills. For further details see:

Please submit your application material (in English or German) by 31 January 2020 at the following online portal: Should you have any general questions regarding this opportunity please address these to Prof. Robin Klupp Taylor ( Project-related questions should be directed to the respective principal investigator (see CRC website –

PhD positions / Postdoc positions

If there are currently no advertised positions and you are interested in joining the lab, please contact Prof. Michael Engel stating your research interests and describe briefly how they are related to work in our group.

Sometimes there are funds available on short notice. We also offer assistance for applications to DAAD scholarships or a Humboldt Research Fellowship for highly qualified and motivated foreign graduates.

Master thesis / Bachelor thesis / Mini-project

We are a team of engineers and scientists working in the Interdisciplinary Center for Nanostructured Films (IZNF) and are looking forward to you joining our research efforts!

Various projects are available (e.g. ligand-shell nanocrystals, colloids under confinement, host-guest crystal growth, and actively driven granular matter). Depending on the topic, you will learn basics of numerical modeling and simulation of particulate and molecular system, data analysis, phase diagram calculation, high-performance computing, and gain insight into aspects of data science and machine learning. Many projects involve experimental collaborators.

For information please send an email to or contact me in an informal manner.