PhD position (three years)
Coupling Effects in Re -Programmable Micro-Matter

Programmable  matter  based  on  self-folding  origami was  introduced  a  decade  ago as  a  concept to generate arbitrary 3D shapes from originally planar sheets, using shape memory alloys   (SMAs) as hinge actuators. Among all active materials SMAs like  NiTi  exhibit  highest  power densities upon thermal actuation due to a first order phase transition. At the Institute of Materials  Simulation  at  FAU  Erlangen-Nürnberg  we  want  to  extend  this  concept  to  enable  reversible  shape  changes  and  reduce  the  dimensions  to  the  sub-mm  scale:  The NiTi actuators  are  supported  by  switchable ferromagnetic  thin  film  patches  as  additional  active  material to fold and lock the microstructure.

In this challenging project we collaborate with the IFW Dresden (material development) and the  Karlsruhe  Institute  of  Technology  (micro  fabrication).  This  thesis  work  will  cover  the modelling and simulation part, and plays a central role for progressing. Close cooperation and communications  with  the  partner  institutes  is  expected. We  are  looking  for  a  person  with  background  in  physicsmaterials  sciencenumerics  or  computational  engineering.  The  candidate  should  have  good  skills  in  several/all  of  the  following:  continuum  mechanics,  thermodynamics,  programming,  data  analysis  and  simulation.  Based  on  existing  finite  element  SMA  models  reduced  order  representations  will  be  found  and  applied  to  the complex thermo-magneto-mechanical coupling in this fascinating multi-actuator system.

The time duration of the PhD thesis is scheduled for three years, which will be ensured through close supervision and collaboration within an interdisciplinary team.

The position is full-time, and payment follows the German TV-L 13 scale. Starting date is as soon as possible, please send applications in electronic form (pdf) only. The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg intends to increase the number of women in research and teaching positions and, there fore, strongly encourages female researchers to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification.

Detailed information:

Call for PhD position Re-Programmable matter (engl)

Applications to:

Dr. Frank Wendler

Department Werkstoffwissenschaften
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffsimulation (WW8)
Dr.-Mack-Str. 77

90762 Fürth

Tel. +49 911 65078-65067
Fax +49 911 65078-65066
E-Mail: frank.wendler@fau.de