Date Posted
20 Jan 2024

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PhD Project
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

PhD/postdoc position – Mathematical modeling and analysis of a nonlocal material model in topology optimization

20 Jan 2024

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Position Description

Description: The project is the mathematical part within an interdisciplinary transfer project of the Collaborative Research Centre 814 “Additive Manufacturing” at the FAU involving researchers from Mathematics, Engineering as well as Industry. In this interdisciplinary research project thin structures in 3D printed components are investigated. For this, we seek to establish and analyze a novel material model, taking geometrical effects in elastic behavior into. In contrast to classical linear elasticity models, the material coefficients are instantiated in a nonlinear and nonlocal way. By this, boundary effects (e.g. surface roughness) due to the printing process can be approximated. The model will be implemented in a topology optimization framework and software. As the presence of thin structures implies rather fine resolutions, also HPC aspects are involved.

Our team: Chair of Applied Mathematics (Continuous Optimization) Prof. Dr. Michael Stingl. Currently 1 professor, 2 postdocs and 7 doctoral candidates. Focus in both, applied mathematics as well as computational engineering. Our division has many interdisciplinary collaborations inside FAU and beyond.

What we expect:
• M.Sc. or PhD in mathematics or a related subject with strong mathematical focus
• Profound knowledge in ideally all three fields optimization, PDE numerics and analysis
• Programming skills in MATLAB/ Python and ideally in C++
• Structured and independent working practice, good communication skills in English and ideally German

Additional Information:
• Project start: May 1st 2021 or earlier
• Duration: 3 years (can be extended)
• Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) – Collaborative Research Centre 814

Contact Information:
Department für Mathematik
Chair of Applied Mathematics (Continuous Optimization)
Prof. Dr. Michael Stingl
Cauerstraße 11, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

How to Apply

If you have further questions, you may contact us via Applications should be submitted via e-mail as a single pdf file to Prof. Michael Stingl ( before February 15th 2021 and must include: • informative and concise letter of motivation • short CV • master degree including academic transcripts • statement of research interests

Position Category: Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project.