PhD Position with A Research Focus on Image Analysis and Transport Properties in Freeze Drying

Applications are invited for a PhD position in life sciences to join Technical University of Munich, Germany. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

The Chair of Process Systems Engineering at Technical University of Munich (location at TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Freising) is seeking from Jan 2019 a doctoral research assistant with a focus on image analysis and transport properties of porous materials with regard to freeze drying.

Drying is an important unit operation with the aim of facilitating transport, handling and shelf life. Freeze drying is an expensive drying technology for pharmaceuticals and high-value foods. The efficiency of the freeze drying process is strongly dependent on the pore structure. Therefore, the impact of pore structure on the drying front and kinetics should be investigated. Furthermore, possibilities to influence the pore structure by the freezing process shall be investigated. The pore structure will be analysed by x-Ray computed tomography and image analysis. Based on the pore structure, a pore network model will be developed by our cooperation partner of OVGU Magdeburg. The model will be validated at TUM by measurements with a freeze drying microscope.

A qualified candidate has good communication skills, interest in interdisciplinary work and collaboration with the partner as well as a high motivation for image analysis and transport properties in porous media. A degree in chemical/process/food or bioprocess engineering, physics or a similar field with above-average grades is required. Experience in image analysis, freeze drying and transport in porous systems is advantageous.

The position is temporary and shall be filled in the beginning of 2019. The successful candidate will be pursuing a PhD. We offer a scientifically diverse working environment with much personal responsibility and scope for action. Payment is according to qualification and follows TV-L (German Collective Agreement for Public Services). In the case of comparable suitability, aptitude and professional achievements, candidates with a severe disability will be given preference. Applications from women are particularly welcome.

We are looking forward to receive your application in an electronic format to via e-mail: If you have questions you may contact:


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