• Scope and Topics:

    The school will address all the current topics of the GDRi Mecano:

    Mechanics of nano-objects:

    Size effect on stress and strain, Strain mapping and engineering, Fatigue, Brittle to ductile transition, Defect nucleation and propagation, Structural/interfacial stability, …

    • Experimental and modeling methods:

    Growth and shaping methods (FIB, Plasma FIBs, Physical/Chemical Vapor deposition, lithography…)
    Nanomechanical testing, Indentation, In situ methods, Electron and ionic microscopy, X-Ray…
    Ab initio, Molecular dynamics, Discrete Dislocation Dynamics, Finite Element Method…

    • Nano- and –Micro objects:

    Thin films, nanoparticles, nanocrystals, micropillars, nanobeams, multilayers…


    The school will start Sunday Oct 28th, evening and will end Friday Nov 2nd, noon.

    Classes will be given in the morning. An afternoon break will take place from 14:00 to 17:00. Short lectures (20 min) on advance topics will be given before and eventually after dinner.  A call for abstract will be sent in March (submission March-June) for these talks and posters. A poster session/café will take place Thursday afternoon. An additional poster session may be organized depending on the number of posters.

    Important deadlines:

    - March 15th – Web site opening

    - March 20th – June 20th – Call for abstracts

    - July 14th – (Bastille Day) – Publication of the preliminary school schedule

    Confirmed lecturers, Accomodation, transportation and registration/fees are describe at the following adress: https://mecano2018.sciencesconf.org/



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  • Conference description:

    Tailoring the mechanical performance and reliability of materials requires to understand the interplay of deformation mechanisms and microstructure across all length scales. The recent advances in small-scale mechanical testing complemented by in-situ microscopy and diffraction techniques, microstructure characterization methods ranging from atomistic insights to 3-dimensional tomography as well as simulation methods bridging the scales from atomistic to continuum provide access to all relevant length scales for designing and optimizing materials and material systems. The 2018 Gordon Conference on "Thin Film and Small Scale Mechanical Behavior" will be the platform to discuss progress and limitations of experimental and computational nano- and micromechanical methods, current understanding of deformation, fatigue and fracture mechanisms with a focus on small length scales, and to exchange ideas on interlinking different approaches to enhance the mechanical properties of thin films, coatings and bulk materials. Newest developments in testing methods, lab on chip concepts, exposure to environmental conditions as well as modeling approaches will be a central part of the meeting.

    Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 2018.

    Program conference is fully describe at the following adress: https://www.grc.org/thin-film-and-small-scale-mechanical-behavior-conference/2018/

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  • The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE), located in Düsseldorf, Germany, is dedicated to basic research on advanced materials. The Department Structure and Nanomechanics of Materials (Prof. G. Dehm) is searching for an experienced researcher to become Group Leader (TVÖD 13-14) for the Thin Film & Nanostructured Material Synthesis Facilities.

    The candidate has obtained a PhD in physics/chemistry/materials science and expertise in at least one of the following fields: Magnetron sputtering, thin film evaporation, molecular beam epitaxy, multilayer growth, microstructure analyses, material properties.

    The position is intended for 5 years. The candidate is expected to perform cutting-edge research in the field of nanostructured materials or thin film materials science, and to establish and lead a research group in this field. This includes taking care of the physical vapor deposition activities and supervising students and postdocs in this research area.

    Applicants should send resume, publication list, a one page research plan, and recommendation references to bewerbungskennziff.4020@mpie.de .

    Deadline for the application is 2 May 2018.

    More information available in the document below:

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  • Subject: Characterization and Modeling of Dopant Diffusion Under Process-Induced Stress.


    The aim of the PhD is to reliably predict the impact of manufacturing process-induced stress on junction profile modification and subsequent electrical parameters shifts on sub-micrometric electronic active devices. The job will involve physical and electrical characterization of dedicated, previously designed simple test structures with a view to assessing the nature and magnitude of mechanical stress and dopant diffusion. A critical review and improvement (if necessary) of state-of-the-art stress-dependent dopant diffusion models will pave the way to an accurate Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) simulation of realistic (that is, manufactured) electronic devices.

    It will be performed in strong partnership with STMicroelectronics.

    Candidate profile:

    The ideal candidate has a Master Degree in Material Sciences (or equivalent), a solid background in semiconductor physics, good communication skills and is proficient in written and spoken English.

    PhD Advisor: Pr. Olivier Thomas; Email: olivier.thomas@im2np.fr; Laboratory: IM2NP (http://www.im2np.fr/); Industry: STMicroelectronics, Rousset–France (http://www.st.com); Funding: CIFRE (3 years); Location: Marseille (France), Rousset (France)

    Applications should be sent by email to Prof. Olivier THOMAS (olivier.thomas@im2np.fr) and/or Dr. Roberto SIMOLA (roberto.simola@st.com)

    Deadline: June 1st,2018; Starting year: 2018

    More information available in the document below:


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  • Un poste de post-doctorant est disponible au CIRIMAT à Toulouse en collaboration avec la société SAFRAN/Nacelles.


    L'objectif de ce travail de post-doctorat vise à une meilleure compréhension et à une prévision de l'endommagement en fatigue de l'alliage après vieillissement. Pour ce faire, dans un premier temps les mécanismes d'endommagement en fatigue seront étudiés à partir d'une revue bibliographique et en exploitant les résultats d'essais de fatigue déjà réalisés au laboratoire (exploitation des courbes d'essais, caractérisation d'éprouvettes sélectionnées, essais complémentaires si nécessaire) et chez le partenaire industriel. Dans un deuxième temps un modèle prédictif de l'évolution de l'endommagement en fatigue, en fonction des conditions de vieillissement sera proposé. Ce modèle basé sur les mécanismes observés sera validé sur la base de l'ensemble des données expérimentales disponibles chez Safran Nacelles.

    Le poste sera disponible dès le mois de juin 2018 pour une durée de 18 mois.

    Envoyer un CV détaillé, une lettre de motivation, ainsi que des lettres de recommandation.

    N'hésitez pas à prendre contact (avant même une candidature formelle) :

    -Bernard Viguier; Bernard.viguier@ensiacet.fr (CIRIMAT)

    -Anne Mahieu; anne.mahieu@safrangroup.com (Safran Nacelles)

    Plus d'informations disponible dans le document ci-dessus:


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