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The Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP) in the Faculty of Physics at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Doctoral Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in ,salary level E 13 TV-L, 50%)

commencing on 1 October 2024 (or soon thereafter). We are offering a part-time position (50% FTE) for 3 years. Fulltime employees are required to teach 4 hours per week during the semester.

Your tasks:

  • contributing to research and teaching at the Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • tutoring and supervising problem-based classes and project groups for bachelor’s and master’s courses working on theoretical physics and interdisciplinary themes, and supporting other members of the research group preparing their bachelor’s or master’s theses
  • research centred around the research topic “self-organisation and complexity”, in particular, including research on modelling the structure-forming dynamics in various extended systems as, for instance, related to phase transitions in passive, active and reactive soft matter -
  • active participation in the activities of the research group (group meetings, journal club, website, etc.)

This position is tied to working towards a doctorate

Our expectations:

  • An MSc in physics or a related discipline, with above-average results, is a prerequisite.
  • Very good knowledge and practical experience in the numerical and analytical treatment of nonlinear partial differential equations in the context of nonlinear phenomena is required.
  • Extensive prior knowledge on the basics of nonlinear physics is expected.
  • Keen interest in the physical modelling of nonlinear phenomena and related research experience will be an advantage.
  • Willingness to participate in the administration of the computer system of the ITP is expected

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

Please submit your application via email, as a single PDF file, by 2024-06-02 to

Prof Uwe Thiele | Universität Münster | Institut für Theoretische Physik | Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 9 | D-48149 Münster | E-Mail:

Applications should contain a cover letter, your CV, copies of course certificates and transcripts, and a brief research statement. In addition, please arrange for a letter of reference to be sent directly to the same email address by the same deadline

Reference number: 2024_04_37

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