• At the Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung  in the Department Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials (Prof. G. Dehm) they offer a PhD student position in:

    "Atomistic Computer Simulation of Grain Boundary Structure and Mechanics"


    Understanding how grain boundaries influence plasticity will lead to significant advances in material design. In the context of the department’s research, the overarching aim of this PhD project is to connect grain boundary structures in fcc metals to physical properties.

    Your tasks:

    Your tasks will be to employ molecular dynamics simulations combined with Monte Carlo techniques to predict grain boundary structures at an atomic level and to model their mechanical behavior. A part of the project will be focused on investigating the influence of alloying elements in order to work towards deriving grain boundary design principles for improved materials properties. All of the work is expected to be performed in collaboration with the experimental activities of the department.You have a Masters degree with good to excellent marks in Physics, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field and you would like to work on challenging problems in Nano- and Micro-Mechanics and Materials Science. Some prior computer simulation or programming experience (especially with Python or C++) is advantageous.

    The working language at our institute is English; sufficient proficiency in English to communicate effectively on scientific topics is required.

    More information, and application system are available at the following address: https://recruitingapp-5424.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/320/Description/2

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  • AFC 2020, ce seront 16 sessions autour des groupes thématiques – biologie, chimie, physique – et des axes transverses – croissance cristalline, enseignement et médiation, grands instruments – de l’AFC ainsi que les sciences de la Terre et toutes les interfaces entre ces disciplines.

    Trois conférences plénières, des ateliers, des sessions posters, des plages de rencontres avec les exposants, une conférence grand public, quelques surprises ainsi qu’un dîner de gala sur les hauteurs du fort de la Bastille sont également prévus.

    Ce congrès de l’AFC sera aussi l’occasion de la remise du premier prix «André Guinier», des prix de thèse et de la tenue de l’assemblée générale.

    Plus d'informations disponibles à l'adresse suivante: https://afc2020.afc.asso.fr/

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  • The yearly conférence "Plasticité" (mainly French community) will take place in Toulouse, from March 30th to April 1st. Submission are already opened:


    (Account at sciencesconf.org needed)


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  • We would like to draw your attention to the symposium N on “Advanced small-scale mechanical characterization: strength, plasticity, fracture and fatigue”, which is organized for you with support from the GdRI Mecano Network.

    It will take place during the upcoming spring meeting of the European Materials Research Society (Strasbourg, May 25-29, 2020). We are looking forward to your active participation!

    Contributions from PhD students are highly encouraged, as several awards are planned for the best student talks and posters of the symposium.

    Hot topics:

    • Small-scale plasticity, fracture and fatigue testing
    • Advances in in-situ and ex-situ micro/nanomechanical testing
    • Recent advances in characterization methods, including TEM, SEM, AFM, synchrotron techniques
    • Advances in numerical technical methods
    • Complex loading situations
    • Applications to nuclear materials
    • Applications to nano-objects, thin films and bulk nanostructured materials
    • Applications to crystalline, amorphous or hybrid materials


    More information and submission at:



    The abstract submission for talks and posters is opened until January 15, 2020.

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