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The Applied Mathematics: Institute for Analysis and Numerics (associated with the Cluster of Excellence "Mathematics Münster: Dynamics – Geometry – Structure") at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 100%)

commencing on 1 September 2021. We are offering a fixed-term full-time position for 3 years. From 2022 there will be a teaching load of 1 hour per week during the semester.

Your tasks:

  •  research work aimed at qualifying for a professorship at a research university
  •  research at the intersection of analysis, numerics and differential geometry
  •  contribution to the research of Benedikt Wirth’s group (with which the position is associated)
  •  collaboration with the externally funded DFG-project “Improving intravital microscopy of inflammatory cell response by active motion compensation with controlled adaptive optics” (jointly led by Benedikt Wirth and Thomas Huser from the University of Bielefeld) within the interdisciplinary DFG Collaborative Research Centre 1450 "InSight", which focuses on mathematical research in mathematical imaging and data processing, or more specifically, on fast variational interpolation and approximation methods for manifold-valued data from real microscopy experiments
  •  design and analysis of data interpolation and approximation methods for time-dependent manifold- valued data
  •  combination of image registration and optical flow techniques with data approximation methods
  •  numerical implementation of the developed methods and code optimization for realtime application
  •  application to real physical data in cooperation with physicists from the University of Bielefeld
  •  supervision of a research seminar

Our expectations:

  •  A PhD in mathematics is required.
  •  Good skills in numerical analysis (for instance approximation theory) are required.
  •  An interest in rigorous mathematical analysis and in the interface between differential geometry and computation is prerequisite for the project tasks.
  •  Good programming skills are required.
  •  Good command of written and spoken English is required.
  •  A high level of motivation and enjoyment in scientific work is ideal.
  •  The ability to work independently and in a team is a must.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Positions can generally be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 7 May 2021 via email, as a single PDF file sent to

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