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The Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) is an institute of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB). The FVB comprises seven non-university research institutes in Berlin which are funded by the federal and state governments. The research institutes belong to the Leibniz Association.

WIAS invites applications for a

Research Assistant Position (f/m/d)

 (Ref. 24/05)

in the Research Group

“Partial Differential Equations“

(Acting Head: Dr. M. Liero) starting as soon as possible.

We are looking for: A motivated, outstanding researcher with a very good degree and excellent doctorate in mathematics as well as experience in the field of analysis for partial differential equations. The applicant should have the willingness to take on responsibility for interdisciplinary projects. The successful candidate must have an interest in applied mathematics, especially applied analysis, and a strong background in the following areas: 

  • Calculus of Variations and variational analysis (Gamma-convergence, scaling laws, etc.),
  • Analysis of multiscale problems (microstructure and pattern formation, dimension reduction, homogenization),
  • Nonlinear functional analysis and function spaces for partial differential equations,
  • Thermodynamic consistent modeling and analysis of problems in continuum mechanics (elasticity, plasticity, coupled problems, phase transitions in solids),
  • Interdisciplinary interaction with researchers in the natural sciences and engineering

Field of work: Modeling and analysis with partial differential equations and variational problems. Of particular interest are the modeling and analysis of strain effects in semiconductor heterostructures.

What we offer:

  • Close mentorship: the postdoc candidate will receive responsible and careful mentorship. We emphasize fostering a healthy mentor-mentee relationship.
  • WIAS Berlin is a premier research institution known for its strength in optimization, optimal control, dynamical systems, and applied mathematics in general. It has hosted flagship conferences in mathematical optimization such as ICCOPT 2019.
  • A certified (Audit berufundfamilie) family-friendly work environment.
  • Berlin is one of the most culture-rich and diverse international cities in the world. It offers endless opportunities to enjoy life outside work, while being very affordable compared to other major cities. Neither the job nor living in Berlin requires German language (although WIAS offers free German courses). We highly welcome international applications. Scientifically, Berlin offers a rich landscape with numerous opportunities for research, as well as job prospects in academia and industry.

Technical queries should be directed to Dr. M. Liero (

The position is remunerated according to TVöD Bund and is initially limited to three years.

The Weierstrass Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We explicitly encourage female researchers to apply for the offered position. Among equally qualified applicants, disabled candidates will be given preference.

Please upload complete application documents including cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, and a copy of your Ph.D. thesis (or relevant publications) as soon as possible via our online job-application facility by 24.05.2024 using the button “Apply online”.

We are looking forward to your application!