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Seizing the complementary strengths of the two universities, the Cluster pursues a highly interdisciplinary approach combining natural and engineering sciences. This means that the 25 Principal Investigators of the two universities bring together a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, ranging from biology, chemistry and physics to engineering and material sciences.


The 3D Additive Manufacturing Driven Towards the Molecular Scale programme at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is divided into three Research Areas, each of which is comprised of three Thrusts. This structure matches the vision as it represents the three interdependent steps in the development of scalable digital 3D Additive Manufacturing. 

Research Area Molecular Materials (A) focuses on designing novel molecular “inks” and “resists”, thereby providing the basic building blocks. 

Research Area Technologies (B) is concerned with advancing the technology of 3D Additive Manufacturing in terms of spatial resolution, speed, scalability, and multi-material printing. 

The joint advances of Research Areas A and B will create a “technology push”. Building on this “push”, Research Area Applications (C) explores the possibility of novel applications in materials and life sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Topics included:

  • Research Area A: Molecular Materials: Molecular Units, Crystalline Molecular Assemblies  and Advanced Macromolecular Resists
  • Research Area B: Technologies: 3D Laser Nanoprinting, Integrated Multiscale Nanomanufacturing and Electron Microscopy of Beam-Sensitive Materials
  • Research Area C: Applications: 3D Hybrid Electronic and Photonic Systems, 3D Metamaterials  and 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • CV: should be 1-3 pages long and list the details of your education, your academic history, and previous research activities, experience
  • PhD Project description or Abstract of research:Please submit copies of your PhD Project description or Abstract of research.
  • Cover Letter (only mandatory if applying for an advertised position): A one page document explaining the applicant's credentials and interest in the open position.
  • High school diploma: submit copies of your high school diploma.
  • Bachelor / Undergraduate certificate: Please submit copies of your bachelor’s certificate.
  • Master’s certificate: submit copies of your master’s certificate. If you do not have your final certificates, provide provisional certificates.

Living costs for Karlsruhe

  • 780 - 1140 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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