• The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung is seeking for a new Post-Doc, on:

    'Correlative 3D-Precession Electron Diffraction / Atom Probe Tomography'.

    Subject background:

    Scope of the three‐year project is the development of a 3D TEM orientation mapping technique that provides information as known from 3D‐EBSD but non‐destructively and potentially with 50x better nm spatial resolution.

    Your task:

    Establishment of a procedure that allows semi‐automated acquisition of a tilt‐series of 2D‐PED scans and the subsequent measurement of the same specimen by APT. Support the team in Grenoble with the development of the 3D‐PED reconstruction algorithm. Digitally merge multidimensional information from TEM and APT and quantify information on grain boundary segregation. Specimen preparation by focused ion beam milling.


    We are looking for a highly motivated Post‐Doc with a physics or materials science background. The candidate should have experience with and great interest in TEM method development, digital image processing, programming, multidimensional data analysis and materials science.


    The interested candidate should upload a comprehensive application including application letter, detailed scientific CV, his/her publications, two reference /support letters from his professors and details about courses / classes / grades here.

    Further information are available in the following document: «Post-Doc position at MPIE on 3D-PED-APT»

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  • In the frame of her PhD at CEMES (funded by the ERC “MuDiLingo” run by S. Sandfeld), Daniela Oliveros published 2 videos explaining how to run a simple in-situ straining test in a TEM, from sample preparation to the first dislocation motion detection and crystal orientation.


    Videos could be found here:



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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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  • Research at the Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Physics at RWTH Aachen University focuses on fundamental and applied materials physics. Materials are characterised, modelled and improved in interdisciplinary collaborations at national and international level and using state-of-the-art equipment.

    We are looking for:
    An enthusiastic candidate who

    • holds (or will soon hold) a doctoral degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering or Physics
    • is interested in working on fundamental questions of plastic deformation to ultimately support discovery of new materials for extreme conditions
    • is keen to apply different computational methods at the atomic scale (DFT and/or MD)
    • has a very good command of English (and preferably also German) and enjoys working in a team

    Your responsibilities and the project:

    The vast majority of engineering materials are based on metallic alloys centred around single elements, e.g. Fe, Al, Mg, Ti or Ni. As even the most sophisticated of these are reaching their performance limits, we need to develop completely new classes of materials. With >100,000 binary and ternary systems, intermetallics are a promising candidate; but how can those combining strength and ductility be found?

    These research positions will constitute a team effort at IMM as part of the ERC Starting Grant ‘FunBlocks’ to explore plastic deformation in hard crystals. This will involve mechanical analysis of complex intermetallic crystals from one binary and one ternary system to systematically quantify and compare the properties of their small building blocks and their combinations in large unit cells. This may be done by calculations of generalized stacking fault energies as well as dynamics of dislocation motion to understand the critical mechanisms and configurations of the dislocation cores and how these are affected by the local structure.

    Ultimately, the aim is to provide understanding of essential intermetallic building blocks and enable a data- and knowledge-driven search for new structural materials.

    Depending on previous post-doc experience, this position may be combined with a group leader position, including supervision of doctoral students and funding acquisition.

    We offer:

    The position is offered on a temporary contract for a fixed term of initially 24 months (full-time, extendable to a maximum of 60 months). It is also available as part-time employment per request. The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L). RWTH Aachen University is certified as a "Family-Friendly University". We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit. RWTH Aachen is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore ask you not to include a photo in your application. For information on the collection of personal data pursuant to Articles 13 and 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), please visit: http://www.rwth-aachen.de/dsgvo-information-bewerbung

    More information and application at the following link:

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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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