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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - cfaed - Research Train­ing Group (RTG) 2767 „Supra­col­loidal Struc­tures: From Mater­i­als to Optical and Elec­tronic Devices“

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Research Asso­ci­ate / PhD Stu­dent (m/f/x)

The Research Train­ing Group (RTG) 2767 „Supra­col­loidal Struc­tures: From Mater­i­als to Optical and Elec­tronic Devices“ of TU Dresden, fun­ded by Deutsche Forschungs­ge­meinsch­aft (DFG), offers a pos­i­tion as

Research Asso­ci­ate / PhD Stu­dent (m/f/x)
(sub­ject to per­sonal qual­i­fic­a­tions, employ­ees are remu­ner­ated accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)

start­ing as soon as pos­sible, ini­tially lim­ited for 3 years, with the option of exten­sion. The period of employ­ment is gov­erned by the Fixed Term Research Con­tracts Act (Wis­senschaft­szeitver­trags­ge­setz-Wis­sZeitVG). The pos­i­tion aims at obtain­ing fur­ther aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tion (e.g. PhD).

Working field:

Pos­i­tion: RTG2767-A6
Invest­ig­at­ors: Dr. Bernd Rel­ling­haus / Prof. Dr. Andreas Fery
Terms: 75 % of the full-time weekly hours
Tasks: In situ and in oper­ando char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of func­tional self-assembled
Require­ments: excel­lent uni­versity degree (Mas­ter of Sci­ence or dip­loma) in phys­ics, mater­i­als sci­ence, or chem­istry; Exper­i­ence in exper­i­mental trans­mis­sion elec­tron micro­scopy. Addi­tional exper­i­ences in the pro­cessing of nano­struc­tured or nan­o­par­tic­u­late mater­i­als are appre­ci­ated.

Descrip­tion of the PhD task
The pro­ject aims at under­stand­ing and con­trolling self-assembly pro­cesses dur­ing both the growth and assembly of nano­scopic func­tional ele­ments by using in-situ trans­mis­sion elec­tron micro­scopy (TEM). Here, the DNA-medi­ated assembly of nan­o­ma­ter­i­als and novel nano-actu­at­ors based on Au nanor­ods attached to DNA ori­ga­mis shall be dir­ectly observed by liquid phase elec­tron micro­scopy in order to identify and optim­ize kin­etic para­met­ers that gov­ern the assembly pro­cesses. Also, the elec­tric­ally biased switch­ing of nano-actu­at­ors is planned to be mon­itored oper­ando in the micro­scope. Since col­lat­eral beam dam­age is unavoid­able in in-situ TEM, low dose strategies need to be developed and ex-situ con­trol exper­i­ments using ana­lyt­ical high-res­ol­u­tion TEM are to be con­duc­ted to quantify and min­im­ize such beam-induced arte­facts.

About the RTG
The RTG 2767 aims to train a new gen­er­a­tion of experts who will design mater­i­als made of supra­col­loidal struc­tures from the draw­ing board to applic­a­tion in com­pon­ents. Nan­o­particles are used in many optical and elec­tronic com­pon­ents nowadays. Supra­col­loidal struc­tures are com­plex super­struc­tures com­posed of dif­fer­ent nan­o­particles, sim­ilar to how atoms are linked to molecules. This res­ults in innov­at­ive, excep­tion­ally prom­ising optical and elec­tronic prop­er­ties that go far bey­ond those of the indi­vidual build­ing blocks. To date, these struc­ture-prop­erty rela­tion­ships of the assembled particles are not adequately under­stood. The tech­no­lo­gical vis­ions of these new mater­i­als include novel solar cells, field amp­li­fic­a­tion for highly sens­it­ive spec­tro­scopy, bio­sensing applic­a­tions where com­plex detec­tion pro­cesses are made sim­pler, and even on-site sample exam­in­a­tion using smart­phones. In order to real­ize the tech­nical com­plex­ity in the train­ing, numer­ous insti­tu­tions are con­nec­ted within the RTG’s 2767 tight net­work, includ­ing vari­ous groups at the TU Dresden, the Uni­versität Leipzig, the TU Dresden Research Cluster cfaed and the Dresden Cen­ter for Nanoana­lysis as well as the Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Poly­mer­forschung Dresden e. V., the Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dresden - Rossen­dorf e. V. and the Kurt-Schwabe-Insti­tut für Mess- und Sensor­tech­nik Meins­berg e.V.


  • above-aver­age uni­versity degree achieved in short study period,
  • will­ing­ness and abil­ity to think bey­ond the bound­ar­ies of your field, to act in an inter­na­tional and diverse envir­on­ment and to live an open and con­struct­ive com­mu­nic­a­tion,
  • strong ana­lytic and prob­lem-solv­ing skills, cre­ativ­ity,
  • an inde­pend­ent, tar­get- and solu­tion-driven work atti­tude,
  • flu­ency in Eng­lish, know­ledge of Ger­man would be a plus

What we offer:

You will join an enthu­si­astic and ambi­tious research train­ing group, where you can drive your pro­ject for­ward and bene­fit from inspir­a­tional inter­ac­tions with like-minded research­ers. The RTG offers struc­tured train­ing pro­gram with tech­nical and soft skill courses, research stays abroad as well as con­tact to industry. It offers the oppor­tun­ity for PhD thesis com­ple­tion. The work­ing lan­guage of our inter­na­tional teams is Eng­lish.

For informal enquir­ies, please con­tact Dr. Bernd Rel­ling­haus (,

How to apply:

Applic­a­tions from women are par­tic­u­larly wel­come. The same applies to people with dis­ab­il­it­ies.

Your applic­a­tion (in Eng­lish only) must include: a motiv­a­tion let­ter, your CV with pub­lic­a­tion list, copy of degree cer­ti­fic­ate, and tran­script of grades (i.e. the offi­cial list of course­work includ­ing your grades). Please include also a link to your Mas­ter’s or dip­loma thesis. Com­plete applic­a­tions should be sub­mit­ted prefer­ably via the TU Dresden Secure­Mail Portal by send­ing it as a single pdf doc­u­ment quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber RTG2767-A6 in the sub­ject header to or by mail to: TU Dresden, cfaed, z. Hd. Frau Kristin Schmidt, Helm­holtz­str. 10, 01069 Dresden, Ger­many. The clos­ing date for applic­a­tions is June 8, 2022 (stamped arrival date of the uni­versity cent­ral mail ser­vice applies). Please sub­mit cop­ies only, as your applic­a­tion will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attend­ing inter­views can­not be reim­bursed.

Ref­er­ence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­cessed, as well as fur­ther inform­a­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site: