• The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/mse) of the City University of Hong Kong is actively recruiting ~5 computational materials scientists for tenure-track/tenured faculty positions. Additional opportunities exist for computational materials scientists via joint appointments with other departments.

    The MSE Department is now searching for outstanding junior and mid-career computational materials scientists in the following areas (exceptional candidates in other computational materials science areas will also be considered):

    • Density functional theory/first-principles calculations,material genomics, machine learning and interatomic potential development

    • High performance structural materials (e.g., high temperature, high strength, tough, and/or lightweight materials)

    • Mesoscale/microstructure/micromechanics simulations

    • Density functional theory/first-principles transport calculations for electrons, spins, photons, excitons and polarons in complex organic and/or inorganic materials

    • Computational design of functional interfaces and devices, multi-dimensional perovskites, and materials for charge transport

    • Photo/electrocatalysis (e.g., HER,OER, NRR and CO2 reduction)

    Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and track-record of outstanding research performance. Evidence of the skill set required to build a dynamic, collaborative research program is a plus.

    Interested applicants should formally apply through the CityU Human Resource Office Online System: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/hro/en/job/current/academic.asp?ref=uac-a237 .

    For full consideration, please apply by February 15, 2019.

    Further information are available in the document below:

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  • Ouverture d’un poste de Professeur (section 28 du CNU) à l'Université d'Aix-Marseille au Printemps 2019.

    Nous cherchons un(e) théoricien(ne) de la matière condensée ayant des compétences avérées en méthodes modernes de calcul de structure électronique et de simulations numériques atomistiques (telles que DFT, TD-DFT, Méthodes ab-initio, Monte Carlo, Dynamique Moléculaire, ...). Des compétences spécifiques en termes d’étude des matériaux complexes (poreux, polyphasiques ou structurés) constitueraient un avantage certain. La personne recrutée devra être à même de développer des méthodes de simulation multiéchelle (du nanomètre au micron, de la nanoseconde à l’heure) et d’établir des interactions fortes avec les expérimentateurs du CINaM. 

    Le projet de recherche sera développé au sein du département Théorie et Simulation Numérique du Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille (CINaM). Il renforcera les liens avec l'Unité Mixte Internationale (AMU/CNRS/MIT) à Cambridge (USA), dont le CINaM est laboratoire miroir. Par ailleurs, le projet pourra être en lien avec le développement d’outils expérimentaux de spectro-microscopie des matériaux complexes en cours au CINaM.

    La personne recrutée devra mettre en place le parcours international "Multi-scale porous materials for energy and environment" du master Nanosciences et Nanotechnologies. Elle devra également dispenser un enseignement de physique générale en licence.

    Contacts: Andres Saul (saul@cinam.univ-mrs.fr); Roland Pellenq (pellenq@mit.edu)


    English version:

    We are pleased to announce the opening of a post at the level of Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor at Aix-Marseille University in  spring 2019.

    We are looking for a theoretician in condensed matter with significant experience in electronic structure calculations and atomistic simulations (e.g. DFT, TD-DFT, ab-initio methods, Monte Carlo sampling, molecular dynamics). Particular expertise in the field of complex materials (e.g. porous, polyphase or structured materials) is desirable.

    The research project will be developed within the department of theory and simulation at CINaM (Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center of Marseille, CNRS/AMU laboratory). It will reinforce the links with the MSE2, the international joint laboratory (CNRS/AMU/MIT) based in Cambridge (USA). The successful candidate will develop multi scale simulation methods and forge strong interactions with the experimental groups in CINaM. In addition, the project may be linked with the development of experimental spectro-microscopy tools for complex materials underway at CINaM.

    The successful candidate will also be responsible for a new international course entitled "Multi-scale porous materials for energy and environment" as part of the Masters in Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies. They will also have teaching requirements for physics  undergraduates. As a result, proficiency in spoken and written French sufficient to teach at undergraduate level and higher is essential.

    Contacts: Andres Saul (saul@cinam.univ-mrs.fr); Roland Pellenq (pellenq@mit.edu)

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  • The laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures of EMPA is looking for:

    - "Post-doc in the field of nanomechanical properties of materials"

    Your tasks:

    You will work on research projects funded by the InnoSuisse agency and by large scale European programs to develop nanomechanical testing equipment and to scientifically explore nanomechanical properties of materials. The project is in close collaboration with a former start-up company on the same campus that develops nanomechanical testing equipment.

    In parallel you’ll explore numerical modelling approaches (FE, Multiphysics such as Comsol) to analyse your experimental data. You’ll be involved in a number of projects running in other groups of the laboratory that aim at the synthesis of novel thin films based on atomic layer deposition, physical vapor deposition or electrochemical deposition techniques, that engineer miniature components such as watch or MEMS components or that manufacture miniature components via 3D printing approaches.

    Your profile:

    You must hold a PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Microengineering or similar. A high motivation to work at the leading edge of measurement science and to work in international, and multidisciplinary research teams are essential. Knowledge of English (oral and written) is important and knowledge of German would be an advantage. Experience in one or more of the following techniques is a requirement: nanoindentation, small scale mechanical testing such as microcompression testing, finite element simulations.


    Online application (here) including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

    Applicants are invited for a 1-3-year appointment starting as soon as possible.

    For further information about the position please contact Dr Johann Michler, johann.michler@empa.ch .

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  • The group of "Micro- and Nanomechanics" led by Assoz. Prof. Dr. Daniel Kiener is offering two PhD position :

    - PhD: Grain Boundary modifications in nanocrystalline metals:

    Candidates should have a strong background in mechanical properties and microstructure analysis. Previous experience regarding electron or focused ion beam microscopy , in- situ nanomechanical testing or severe plastic deformation will be considered advantageous.

    Applications are until 15th February, 2019, earliest starting date 1st March, 2019.

    Further information: « Toughit_PhD job opening.pdf »

    - PhD: Femtosecond laser based material modifications:

    Candidates should have a strong background in fracture mechanics and microstructure characterization. Prior experience using laser  optics or electron microscopy is considered advantageous.

    Applications are until 15th January, 2019, earliest starting date 1st February, 2019.

    Further information: « Laser_PhD job opening MUL.pdf »

    Both candidates are expected to conduct and analyze experiments, develop novel scientific ideas, and disseminate the achievements at  international conferences and in peer reviewed publications. Furthermore, the applicant will participate in teaching and supervision of Bachelor and Master Student projects. They should exhibit a high degree of motivation and independence, as well as excellent presentation and communication skills. English language is mandatory, German language skills are beneficial.

    For further information or application contact Dr. Kiener: daniel.kiener@unileoben.ac.at

    Applications accompanied by supporting documentation in English (Cover letter, CV, certificates, credentials, names and addresses of 2 references) should be submitted via email only and will be accepted until a suited candidate is found.

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  • A post-doctoral position is available for 2 years at “Institut Matériaux Microélectronique Nanosciences de Provence" (IM2NP).

    Project: The work is part of an international project (Street Art Nano) in collaboration with Singapore (Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Nanyang Technology University (NTU)) which aims at unravelling the mechanisms of interfacial sliding at FCC/BCC interfaces.

    The successful candidate will participate in the development of a novel tensile testing apparatus that is compatible with synchrotron beamlines for in situ experiments. In addition, he/she will study the interfacial sliding mechanisms of Cu/Nb nanolayers combining the new tensile testing machine and X-ray diffraction at 3rd generation synchrotron sources (e.g. ALS in Berkeley, SOLEIL near Paris, ESRF in Grenoble) as well as perform modeling using FEM and crystal plasticity.


    • PhD in condensed matter physics, materials sciences or a closely related science

    • Strong background in X-ray diffraction and mechanics of materials (elasticity, plasticity)

    • Fluent in English

    • Enthusiasm for research and team-minded

    • Familiar with FE modeling is an asset

    • Familiarity with experiments performed at synchrotron radiation facility will be appreciated

    • Knowledge of python or other programming languages is desirable

    Applications: Applications including a CV,2 letters of recommendations, and a statement of research interests should be submitted on https://emploi.cnrs.fr/ (look for“Reconfiguration atomique aux interfaces CFC/CC pour la réalisation de conducteurs étirables”)

    For further information, please contact: Prof. Olivier Thomas (Olivier.Thomas@im2np.fr)

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