Vacancy No. 24-2020

24-2020-IMT PhD in the area of topology optimization of multi-resonant NMR detectors

Job description

You are expected to develop a novel inverse design approach to perform topology optimization for multi-resonant NMR detectors. The ultimate goal is to find, through inverse modelling, manufacturable radiofrequency devices that operate robustly at a pre-determined set of Larmor frequencies. One strategy that we aim to follow is to simplify the complexity of the mathematical formulation using analytical geometry. Another is to encode the topology using a suitable basis set. Our research partner will explore model order reduction, which can be combined with our approach, with the aim to greatly reduce the computational time-complexity.

Personal qualification

You should have a degree in applied mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering. A prerequisite will be to have a strong interest and skillset in a numerical modelling technique such as the finite element method, demonstrated by an M.Sc. thesis topic from this area. Experience in topology optimization will be a definite benefit. Simulation experience with a commercial FEM program such as COMSOL Multiphysics will be beneficial too, but if missing should be acquired during the project. You should bring along a curious mind, be creative, and have the self-motivating interest to achieve an inverse design tool that delivers practically manufacturable NMR resonator designs.

Organizational unit

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Starting date


Contract duration

limited to 3 years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Korvink, e-mail


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 24-2020.
Personnel support is provided by 

Ms Gätcke
phone: +49 721 608-25010,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.