• Post-doc in the field of nanomechanical properties of materials at EMPA, Switzerland

    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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