The Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) is an institute of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB). The FVB comprises eight non-university research institutes in Berlin which are funded by the federal and state governments. The research institutes are members of the Leibniz Association.
At WIAS in the Research Group
“Thermodynamic Modeling and Analysis of Phase Transitions“
(acting Head: Dr. Barbara Wagner) as of 01.01.2024 a position as a
Research Assistant (m/w/d)
is to be filled.
The position is embedded within the DFG Excellence Cluster MATH+ and is linked to Project PaA-2: Modeling Battery Electrodes with Mechanical Interactions and Multiple Phase Transitions upon Ion Insertion. Building upon a framework for modeling and simulating electrochemical systems developed at WIAS based on non-equilibrium thermodynamics, this project aims to derive and numerically compute various mathematical models for lithium-ion batteries.
The research plan encompasses three main aspects: (i) modeling individual particles, taking into account mechanical effects, (ii) representing phase transitions, and (iii) homogenizing the derived models into a porous electrode or battery cell.
The job responsibilities include:
- Thermodynamically consistent modeling using partial differential equations.
- Advancing models for battery electrodes, particularly regarding mechanical effects and phase transformation.
- Simulating the derived models, for example, using COMSOL, FEniCS, or similar software.
- Homogenizing particle models using asymptotic methods.
- Developing validation strategies and validating the models with appropriate data.
- Collaborating with other research groups at WIAS and project partners from academia and industry.
- Participating in and contributing to events organized by the DFG Excellence Cluster MATH+. Strengthening existing and fostering new collaborations in the field of mathematical modeling of lithium-ion batteries and their applications.
We are looking for: candidates with a Ph.D. in mathematics, scientific computing, theoretical physics, or related fields with the relevant qualifications for the tasks mentioned above. This includes:
- In-depth scientific experience in modeling with partial differential equations.
- Strong knowledge of simulating partial differential equations, for example, using COMSOL, FEniCS, or similar software.
- Published original research contributions in peer-reviewed journals.
What we offer:
- WIAS Berlin is a leading research institution renowned for its strengths in areas such as mathematical modeling, optimization, dynamic systems, and applied mathematics in general.
- Compensation according to the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD Bund), including standard social benefits (30 vacation days in a 5-day workweek, company pension plan); subsidy for public transportation commuting.
- Remote work options.
- A certified (Audit berufundfamilie) family-friendly work environment.
- Berlin offers countless opportunities to enjoy life outside of work. German language skills are not required for work or living in Berlin (although WIAS offers free German courses). International applicants are very welcome. From a scientific perspective, Berlin offers a rich landscape with numerous research opportunities and job prospects in both academia and industry.
This is a full-time position initially limited to two years (01.01.2024-31.12.2025).
In view of the goal to increase the proportion of women in the field of science, applications from qualified female candidates are particularly welcome. Disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference.
Please upload your complete application documents, including a cover letter, CV, certificates, and a copy of the Ph.D. thesis through our applicant portal by clicking the "Apply online" button as soon as possible.
The application deadline starts immediately and will end only when the position is filled.
We look forward to receiving your application!