PhD Position in Intelligent Matter

Universität Münster

The Collaborative Research Center 1459

Intelligent Matter: From responsive to adaptive nanosystems

funded by the German Research Foundation and established at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany, is offering

14 positions for PhD students
(Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter at salary level TV-L E13, 65-75%)

The positions are initially limited to three years to enable you to work towards a doctorate in the natural sciences. In accordance with DFG standards, positions are salary level TV-L E13 paid at a rate of 65% in the life sciences, 67% in chemistry and 75% in physics. The anticipated starting date
is 1 April 2021.

The newly established CRC 1459 and its integrated research training group offer an outstanding infrastructure and a comprehensive and interdisciplinary training program in the design of intelligent matter. The program will enable doctoral students to carry out frontier research and empower them for future research and management tasks in industry and academia.

The PhD positions form part of an intensive, interdisciplinary research program on the conceptualization and realization of intelligent matter. Intelligence is the ability to perceive information and retain it as knowledge to be applied to adaptive behavior in a changing environment. The CRC 1459 is inspired by the question whether synthetic matter can have intelligent properties. Such intelligent matter would provide entirely new opportunities, for instance, for the development of artificial skin, soft robotics with adaptive tactility and braininspired computing with reduced energy consumption. The CRC 1459 involves 26 project leaders at WWU as well as two partner institutions. More information on the research program of CRC 1459 is available at:

We are looking for highly motivated and talented PhD students from chemistry, physics or a related discipline. Excellent command of spoken and written English, good communication skills and team spirit are essential. German language skills are not a requirement, but a willingness to learn is desirable. We offer a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment with outstanding facilities and a track record of intense and successful scientific collaboration. In addition to the individual training through research, our program includes lectures, seminars, workshops, and symposia.


  •  MSc degree in chemistry or physics or a related subject
  •  Knowledge of experimental or theoretical methods required in our research projects
  •  Independent and responsible work attitude
  •  High motivation and team spirit
  •  Excellent command of English

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognized severe
disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Please send your complete CV and a motivation letter (maximum 1 page) stating the project(s) that you would like work on, with reference number PhD2021, by e-mail to: by 31 January 2021.