Current vacancies at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design

Researchers & Research Assistants

The goal of Research Cluster CRC 1244 is to find answers within the realm of the
built environment to the pressing ecological and social issues of our time. The strategic integration of adaptive elements in load-bearing structures, envelope systems and interior fittings is considered a promising approach.
CRC 1244 has been investigating the fundamentals, the potential and implications of adaptive structures and envelopes for a sustainable built environment.

Your area of responsibility
• Elaboration of actuation strategies for load-bearing structures in high-rise buildings
• Elaboration and dimensioning of actuator systems
• Developing feasible solutions for actuator integration
• Collaboration in the planning and testing on a demonstrator high-rise
• Use of digital tools
• Cooperation in academic self-administration
• Collaboration in application of research projects

Your profile
• Completed university studies (TU/TH/University)
• Excellent knowledge of structural engineering
• In-depth knowledge in the application and programming of analysis
software (ANSYS, Atena, Sofistik)
• Knowledge in the use of CAD programs (AutoCad, Rhino)
• Interest in the construction of building structures
• Experience in the design of load-bearing structures
• Organizational skills and communication skills
• Interest in interdisciplinary work
• Very good knowledge of English, very good knowledge of German

The remuneration falls in the group E-13, including social benefits of the public service. The position is to be filled from 01.03.2022 to 31.12.2024.
Also use our website for information: Please send your application under the keyword "SFB 1244 A06" to:

University of Stuttgart
Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design Ms. Manuela Brueggeboes
Pfaffenwaldring 7
70569 Stuttgart

The Job-offer as PDF

Student assistants

This work will investigate several bridge configurations and evaluate the potential of active control through EAT systems. The student assistant will be involved in:
• Analysis of the adaptation potential of beam, frame, truss, arch, suspension and cable-stayed bridges. This task involves modeling and simulation to evaluate how the structural capacity and serviceability performance can be improved through different actuation systems.
• Development of actuation strategies to extend the service life of existing and new bridges by mitigating the effect of heavy crossing to reduce the cyclic stress range.

Key requirements
Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, architecture and/or computer science.
Good knowledge of structural mechanics including dynamic analysis.
Knowledge of (or strong interest to learn) control theory and implementation.
Knowledge of (or strong interest to learn) MATLAB/Python programming language.
Advanced spoken and written English.

Dr. Eng. habil. Gennaro Senatore,
Dr. ès sc. Arka P. Reksowardojo,
Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK)
Supervision will be carried out in English.



Position description in PDF

Within the framework of Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1244, a full-scale 6 × 10 m prototype of an adaptive rib-stiffened slab will be built to validate numerical findings.

A student assistant (HiWi) is therefore sought to support in:

  • design and modelling of small- and full-scale prototypes
  • fabrication of 3D-printed formwork
  • concrete casting as well as installation of reinforcements and post-tensioning system
  • communication with suppliers and technical collaborators

Note that the primary working language is English

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in civil engineering
  • Good knowledge of finite element modelling (FEM). Fluency in visual programming (Grasshopper) is an advantage
  • Good knowledge in concrete design according to applicable code (e.g., Eurocode EN1992-1-1)
  • Practical experience in concrete mix design and casting is an advantage
  • Good knowledge of English and German

Contact information:
Dr. ès sc. Arka P. Reksowardojo

Earliest starting date:


Position description in PDF

Student Research Assistant 30h/m (HiWi) (start immediatedly)

We are looking for students wishing to become research assistants for our subproject A07 in the area of adaptive kinetic envelopes and structures.

Your tasks:
• 3D modeling and rendering
• 3D printing and Prototyping

• Proficiency knowledge in 3D modelling, Rhino and Grasshopper
• Advanced knowledge of Vray or Enscape or Revit
• Creative ideas for photorealistic drawings

We are looking forward to your application with resume, portfolio and transcript of records under the keyword "SFB 1244 - A07_HiWi. Please send the documents to Maria Matheou.

Application deadline
We are looking for candidates to work for a minimum of two months until October 15, 2022. It is possible and desired to extend those two months.

Contact information
Jun. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maria Matheou
T +49 (0)711 685 61698
Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design

Position description in PDF

In the context of the Collaborative Research Center 1244 "Adaptive Envelopes and Structures for the Built Environment of Tomorrow" we are looking for a Scientific Assistant with immediate effect. The working time is approximately 20 - 40 hours/month and can be flexibly arranged in consultation with the responsible staff member.


- Support configuration and maintenance of a database

- Programming

- data storage and structuring


- Excel

- Python, C++

contact: Sabrina Jilka |

The job offer in PDF format [German language].

The job offer in PDF-Format [German language].


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Manuela Brüggeboes


Office Pfaffenwaldring 7

Joanna Grabowski


Office Pfaffenwaldring 14

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