Research Assistant (Ph.D Student)

The department of Physics at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Condensed Matter Physics (Group of Prof. Durante) is offering a position for a

Research Assistant (Ph.D Student) – 50%

with a fixed-term contract initially limited for 3 years, starting as earliest as possible.

The BioDynaMo project ( aims at a general platform for computer simulations of biological tissue dynamics, such as brain development. Since these scientific investigations require extensive computer resources, this platform should be executable on hybrid cloud computing systems, allowing for the efficient use of state-of- the-art computing technology. The software has been already used for simulating the impact of drugs on complex tissues, such as then brain.

The student will work on the BioDynaMo platform to include the damage induced by exposure to ionising radiation of different quality (X-rays and charged particles) and to simulate the effects on the tissue levels. Results will be compared to simple 3D in vitro systems such as organotypic tissue slices, that are used in experiments at GSI. The final goal will be to develop a computer routine that can be used to predict normal tissue toxicity and tutor tissue damage by ionising radiation, with applications in radiotherapy and radioprotection.

In this research field Technische Universität Darmstadt ( works closely with the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (

The student will be employed for 3 years at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and will be attached to the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. She/he will also frequently work at the University of Newcastle and at CERN. The research study will lead to a Doctoral Degree in Physics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. More information on the Ph.D. program at the Technische Universität Darmstadt are available here:

Your qualifications:

  • Master degree in Physics or related disciplines
  • Excellent competences in C++ programming
  • Basic knowledge of tissue biology and radiation biophysics. Experience in modelling radiation effects is an advantage
  • Enthusiasm for working in scientific and technical environment as well as a high level of motivation for participation in a common project
  • English language fluently spoken and written. Knowledge of German language is an advantage
  • Available for extended business trips to UK and CERN

Opportunity for further qualification (doctoral dissertation) is given. The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt).

If you find this position interesting, please send your full CV and a letter of motivation as PDF to Prof. Dr. Marco Durante via email to: Marco.Durante(at); email subject: Ph.D. position/TUD/BioDynamo and the code-number.

Code No. 728

Published on: December 05, 2019

Application deadline: February 29, 2020