The Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) is an institute of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB). The FVB comprises eight non-university research institutes in Berlin which are funded by the federal and state governments. The research institutes are members of the Leibniz Association.

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WIAS invites applications for a

PhD Student Position (f/m/d)

(Ref. 19/20)

in the Research Group

”Thermodynamic Modeling and Analysis of Phase Transitions”

(Acting Head: Prof. Dr. Barbara Wagner) starting at the earliest possible date.

The position is associated with the research project 

“Dynamic Wetting and de-wetting of viscous liquid drops/films on viscoelastic materials"

within the framework of the newly established DFG Priority Programme „Dynamic Wetting of Flexible, Adaptive and Switchable Surfaces“ (SPP 2171). Within the first funding period (2019-2022) the research will focus on mathematical modeling, analysis and numerical solution of dynamics and morphologies of liquids interacting with soft, viscoelastic and responsive materials.  The aim is to discover the underlying fundamental physical principles for these systems and derive and analyse appropriate mathematical models to understand, predict and design many of their technological and biological applications. The research will be conducted in collaboration with experimentlists and other theoretical scientists as well as doctoral students within the Priority Pogramme SPP2171.

The successful candidate will hold a Master degree in Mathematics or Physics. The applicant should have a solid background in mathematical analysis and/or numerical methods involving partial differential equations and welcome interdisciplinary research. Proficiency in computer languages will be an asset.

Please direct your queries to Prof. Dr. Barbara Wagner (

The appointment is initially limited for three years. The reduced work schedule is 29,25 hours per week, and the salary is according to the German TVoeD scale.

The Institute aims to increase the proportion of women in this field, so applications from women are particularly welcome. Among equally qualified applicants, disabled candidates will be given preference.  

Among equally qualified applicants, disabled candidates will be given preference.

Please upload your complete application documents (motivation letter, detailed CV, certificates, list of MSc courses and grades, copy of the master thesis, reference letter, etc.) via our website or via the applicant portal until September 30th, 2019 using the button "Apply online".

We are looking forward to your application!