• PhD Student position at TU Darmstadt, Germany

    The Ceramics group at the Department of Materials and Earth Science at TU Darmstadt, Germany, is offering a PhD Student position for a DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) funded project on:

    “Understanding stress-oxidation interaction on grain boundary failure: in situ microscale crack propagation experiments”.

    Your tasks:

    The project involves experimental work and you will be responsible for preparing micro-cantilevers using focused ion beam (FIB), and testing them under coupled/de-coupled mechanical and thermal oxidation conditions using nanoindentation technique. In addition, you will also work in close collaboration with leading research groups (at TU Darmstadt, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, and abroad) on structural investigations using high resolution scanning electron microscopy for characterization of microstructure (mainly grain boundaries) using transmission electron microscopy.

    Your profile:

    Essential requirements:

    • Excellent Master degree in Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science, or Applied Physics.

    • Strong interest in scientific research and above-average motivation to manage the PhD project.

    • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English.

    Desired skills:

    • Strong academic background in one or more of the following subjects: solid mechanics (preferably fracture mechanics), solid state physics, high temperature oxidation, metallurgy.

    • Prior experience or Master thesis in a related topic/field of research.

    • Hands-on experience in one or more of the following topics: nanoindentation, SEM, EBSD, micro-mechanical testing, finite element simulation.

    • Publications in peer-reviewed journal.

    • Demonstrated ability for independent scientific research.


    Applications should include scientific CV (including list of publications in peer-reviewed journals, if any), courses and grades, motivation letter, recommendation letters and contact data from two references.

    Please send applications to: fang@ceramics.tudarmstadt.de

    Application deadline: May 31, 2019

    More information can be found in the following document: « PhD position in TU Darmstadt_2019.pdf »

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