• Post-Doc/PhD positions at the Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics (IMM) at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

    Research at the Institute of Metallurgy and Metal Physics (IMM) at RWTH Aachen University focuses on fundamental and applied materials physics. Materials are characterized, modelled and optimized in interdisciplinary collaborations at national and international level and using state of-the-art equipment for experiments and simulations. 

    IMM is looking for PhD and Post doctoral researcher:

    PhD and Post-Doc: "Machine learning in Material Physics"

    The knowledge-driven development of new materials, improvement of processing strategies and component design is increasingly based on detailed descriptions of the underlying damage mechanisms inside the material's microstructure. At the IMM, initial machine learning environments have been developed and tested which show that much larger datasets could be acquired and analysed to improve the ways in which we study and understand material's deformation. In this context, we would like to advance existing microscopy and analysis methods towards the interrogation of larger and therefore much more relevant areas.

    - PhD:

    During this PhD project, you would drive this research further to expand its reach and versatility in close collaboration with the materials scientists at IMM. In particular, the use of A.I.‐assisted damage analysis “in situ” during experiments inside an electron microscope will be developed and implemented to allow fast, high‐resolution observation of large area. Ultimately, the aim is to improve our understanding of damage in dual phase materials, such as advanced high strength  steels,  to  enable  better  and  safer  lightweight  design  in  automotive  and  other structural applications.

    More information in the following document: « MachineLearning_IMM_Doktorand.pdf »


    As a Post-Doc in this area, you would drive this research further to expand its reach and versatility in close collaboration with the materials scientists at IMM and within the scope of research topics including safety conscious lightweight design and high performance materials.

    More information in the following document: «MachineLearning_IMM.pdf »

    PhD: "C-Tram: Where do the Carbon atoms go in martensite ?"

    Martensitic steels are of high applicational relevance due to their extraordinary strength and the adjustability of their strength, toughness and formability over a wide range by simple technological treatments. Their properties are determined by the local structural processes during the austenite-to-martensite transformation as well as the post-processing of the martensite. In a joint project together with partners at the Max-Planck-Institut für Einsenforschung and in France, the IMM aims to unravel the local processes during the austenite-to-martensite transformation combining high resolution theoretical and experimental investigations for Fe-TMC steels. Within this collaborative project, you would be responsible for advanced characterisation using electron microscopy in close cooperation with partners performing atom probe analysis and theoretical calculations.

    More information in the following document: «Martensite_IMM.pdf »

    PhD: "Deformation of intermetallic Fe-Mo phases."

    The goal of this project is to unravel the atomic scale deformation mechanisms of two closely related crystalline phases, the µ- and λ-(laves) phase in the Fe-Mo system. These stand in as model materials which allows us to gain much better understanding of the higher alloyed variants that frequently occur in superalloys and steels. In order to successfully complete this project you will be introduced to several microscopy techniques including scanning and transmission electron microscopy, the diffraction techniques applied in both microscopes and nanomechanical testing. The latter will be used to introduce dislocations for microscopy and also to measure the relevant stresses required for deformation in a quantitative manner.

    More information in the following document: «TCPPhasen2_IMM.pdf »


    For further information or application, please contact Prof.Dr. Sandra Korte-Kerzel (korte-kerzel@im.rwth-aachen.de), Dr. Talal Al-Samman (al-samman@imm.rwth-aachen.de) or Dr. Stefanie Sandlöbes (sandloebes@imm.rwth-aachen.de).

    Applications accompanied by supporting documentation in English (Cover letter, CV, certificates, credentials, names and addresses of 2 references) should be submitted as soon as possible.

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