City:  Kaiserslautern
Date:  May 6, 2023

»PhD grant: Flexible geometry model for corrosion inhibitor particle systems«

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

The Fraunhofer ITWM is one of currently 76 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research) and can thus draw on the competences of a strong network. As the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, we see our task in further developing key technologies, providing innovative impulses and implementing them in practice together with industrial partners. In doing so, we do not only want to build the bridge between the real and virtual world ourselves, but also be the link between university mathematics and its practical implementation. Therefore, the close connection to the Department of Mathematics at the Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau (RTPU) plays a special role.

The Image Processing department of Fraunhofer-ITWM develops individual image processing solutions based on innovative mathematical models and algorithms. In close cooperation with industrial customers and research institutions, we solve problems in production, medical technology, and material science.




What you will do


To support our team, we are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student for the topic: Flexible geometry model for environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor particle systems

In aircraft construction, among other areas, coatings that actively counteract corrosion have been used for a long time. The toxic chromates still used as corrosion inhibitors have to be replaced by environmentally friendly alternatives. Structural optimization using stochastic structure models and numerical simulation can help to select particularly promising candidates from the multitude of possible formulations. Stochastic germ-grain models are in general suitable for this purpose. The challenge is to model the high variability with respect to size and shape distribution and the interaction of several structural components. Structural information has to be extracted from 3D images obtained by nano-computed tomography.


What you bring to the table


  • A very good or good university degree in mathematics, preferably with specialization in statistics, image processing or mathematical modeling of material structures (graduates in related fields such as physics or materials science are also welcome).
  • Curiosity and the will to learn new problems and to implement models and concepts in algorithms and software
  • Good programming skills (preferably C/C++) 
  • Independent and goal-oriented work
  • Willingness to work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Not afraid to present results at national and international conferences


What you can expect


You will work in a broad, interdisciplinary field, be able to integrate the latest mathematical methods into industrial applications, and contribute to state-of-the-art software tools for 2D and 3D image analysis and model generation.


  • We focus on innovative ideas and design novel solutions. Support us actively in shaping the future!
  • We work in a highly motivated and committed team together with renowned industrial partners.
  • We support your individual work-life balance with a flexible working model. We have already been awarded the Fraunhofer Family Logo for this!


We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Remuneration according to the guidelines for the allocation of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft stipends.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this doctoral position:

Dr. Katja Schladitz



Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM 


Requisition Number: 61585                Application Deadline:


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