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IHP GmbH - Leib­niz-Insti­tut für inno­va­tive Mikro­elek­tro­nik

The IHP is an insti­tute of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­ation and con­ducts research and devel­op­ment of sil­icon-based sys­tems and ultra high-fre­quency cir­cuits and tech­no­lo­gies includ­ing new mater­i­als. It devel­ops innov­at­ive solu­tions for applic­a­tion areas such as wire­less and broad­band com­mu­nic­a­tion, secur­ity, med­ical tech­no­logy, industry 4.0, auto­mot­ive industry, and aerospace. The IHP employs approx­im­ately 300 people. It oper­ates a pilot line for tech­no­lo­gical devel­op­ments and the pre­par­a­tion of high-speed cir­cuits with 0.13/0.25 µm BiC­MOS tech­no­lo­gies, loc­ated in a 1000 m² class 1 clean­room.

IHP and TU Ber­lin have foun­ded the Joint Lab Bio­elec­tron­ics with com­mon labor­at­or­ies at both insti­tu­tions, where the work will have to be per­formed.

Stu­dent assist­ant (m/f)

FEM sim­u­la­tions

Work­ing field:

Par­ti­cip­ate in the devel­op­ment of a bio­tech­no­lo­gical sys­tem for cell sep­ar­a­tion in the BMBF-fun­ded pro­ject Sep­aDiElo. The sys­tem shall oper­ate by the prin­ciple of dielec­tro­phoresis (DEP) that relies on vari­able elec­trical fields affect­ing the cell flow via micro­elec­trodes. Dif­fer­ent sep­ar­a­tion scen­arios for microor­gan­isms like E. coli or S. cerevisiae have to be modeled by finite ele­ment meth­ods (FEM) with respect to field strengths and gradi­ents, medium and cell flow velo­city, thermal budget and heat con­duc­tion. The res­ults will form the basis for fur­ther devel­op­ment of DEP cell sep­ar­at­ors in bio­tech­no­lo­gical applic­a­tions. You are wel­come to ask for pos­sib­il­it­ies to do a mas­ter thesis.


  • Bach­elor degree in a sci­entific or engin­eer­ing dis­cip­line like phys­ics, bio­tech­no­logy, pro­cess engin­eer­ing, bio­phys­ics, math­em­at­ics, elec­trical engin­eer­ing or com­par­able
  • exper­i­ences in FEM sim­u­la­tion tools like Com­sol Mul­tiphys­ics
  • very good com­mu­nic­a­tion skills and the read­i­ness to work in a strong inter­dis­cip­lin­ary team
  • highly motiv­ated with very good exper­i­mental and the­or­et­ical skills
  • Very good oral and writ­ten skills in Ger­man or/and Eng­lish are man­dat­ory.

What we of­fer:

The IHP offers a chal­len­ging, mul­tina­tional envir­on­ment, with excel­lent career pro­spects. You will have the oppor­tun­ity to estab­lish an inter­na­tional repu­ta­tion at the fore­front of high tech.

Start: from 1st April 2017
Lim­it­a­tion: 9 months

How to ap­ply:

The IHP seeks to incor­por­ate more women into the sci­ence field. There­fore women are strongly encour­aged to apply. Dis­abled applic­ants, qual­i­fied accord­ing to the above cri­teria, will be given pref­er­ence over other can­did­ates with equi­val­ent rel­ev­ant qual­i­fic­a­tions.

Please send your applic­a­tion (includ­ing cover/motiv­a­tion let­ter, CV, cop­ies of cer­ti­fic­ates, and addresses of at least two ref­er­ees) to:

For fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact Dr. Mario Birk­holz via Phone: +49 335 5625 715 and +49 30 314 27565 or via Email: