Vacancy No. 151/2024

PhD Position, research assistant (f/m/d) on Thermomagnetic Foil Actuation

Part time 75%

Job description

You work on the development of miniature scale actuators that are capable of generating work from low-grade heat. Applications are foreseen, for instance, in robotics, medical devices and in energy systems making use of waste heat. You have the following tasks:

  • Characterization of TM foil properties (mechanical, thermal, magnetic)
  • Modelling, design and simulation of TM test devices 
  • Design and simulation of a suitable microfluidic circuit 
  • Rapid prototyping (optical lithography, 3D printing, laser technology)
  • Development, characterization and control of demonstrator variants
  • Investigation of the scaling of size and actuation output
  • Simulation-assisted system optimization

The institute is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including a 600 m² clean room, advanced rapid prototyping capabilities like lithography, 3D printing and laser cutting, packaging and interconnection technology labs, as well as various metrology laboratories. 

The activity offers the opportunity for a part-time doctorate.

Personal qualification
  • MSc in engineering, physics, or a related field.
  • Knowledge in the fields of thermodynamics, magnetic materials, structural mechanics, heat transfer, microfluidics and microsystems technology 
  • Experience in CAD, Lumped element modelling and/or FEM simulation and/or MATLAB programming, thermal characterization, mechanical testing is desirable
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English

Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Starting date

01.07.2024 oder später

Contract duration

3 years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information please contact Dr. Jingyuan Xu, email: or Dr. Joel Joseph, email:


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 151/2024 .
Personnel Support is provided by 

Ms Gätcke
phone: +49 721 608-25010,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.