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Funded PhD position; in Analysis of biological mechano-sensors; at Institute for Building Materials; ETH Zurich; in Switzerland


The research groups of Prof. Hans Herrmann and Prof. Ingo Burgert at the Institute for Building Materials are seeking a highly motivated PhD student for a research project in collaboration with the University of Zurich.

PhD position: Analysis of biological mechano-sensors

The goal of the research project is to reveal the function of biological mechano-sensors e.g. tactile hairs of Venus fly traps or spiders. Via numerical simulations with non-linear Finite Element Methods you will study the behavior of typical mechano-sensors, explain their effectiveness and derive principles that could be applied in a new generation of robust bionic sensors. This project offers a unique opportunity for a PhD student to be trained in an environment that truly reflects the spirit of interdisciplinary research. You will be working within an interdisciplinary framework with physicists, biologists and engineers from the Computational Physics for Engineering Materials, Wood Materials Science, as well as Biologists from the UZH. The position is full-time.

We welcome motivated candidates holding a MSc in Civil, Mechanical or Biomechanical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or similar disciplines. A strong background in computer modeling, strong interest in interdisciplinary scientific work and interest in both theoretical and practical work are a premise. Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a short letter of motivation, your CV incl. diploma, and names and contact information of two references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information on the working groups, please visit our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Falk Wittel by email (no applications).

Deadline: Unspecified

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