Ph.D. student (f/m/x) Dislocation toughening of oxides
Technische Universität Darmstadt
The Ceramics group (Prof. Jürgen Rödel) at the Department of Materials and
Earth Sciences at TU Darmstadt has an opening for a
Ph.D. student –
Dislocation toughening of oxides
(Code No. 371)
starting September 1st, 2021 for a duration of 3 years.
The ceramics group at the Department of Materials and Earth Sciences at TU
Darmstadt founded the internationally now strongly expanding field of dislocation-
tuned functionality in ceramics (e.g. Science, 372, 961-964 (2021) and
Materials Horizons, 8, 1528-1537 (2021)). To this end we hired already ten
qualified scientists and are now looking to hire a Ph.D. student from the areas
of solid state physics or materials science.
Our recent results suggest that high dislocation densities in oxides and semiconductors
afford high damage resistance and fracture toughness depending on
crystal structure and plane. Therefore we work towards the development of
high-density dislocation structures by macroscopic and local mechanical quasistatic
and cyclic loading (nanoindentation, micropillar compression), characterization
with partners by TEM, X-ray dark field microscopy, as well as mechanical
characterization by crack tip opening methods and instability criteria.
Excellent university degree (Master) in Materials Science or Physics
Strong interest in scientific research combined with a strong desire for international
collaboration and ability to work in a team
Very good knowledge of spoken and written English
Strong academic background in one or more of the following subjects:
metal plasticity, solid state mechanics, crystallography
Demonstrated ability for independent scientific research
We are offering a challenging environment with experts on structure determination,
simulation, mechanics and semiconductor physics, but also room for your
Opportunity for further qualification (doctoral dissertation) is given. The fulfillment
of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.
The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female
employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications
applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given
preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on
salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV – TU
Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.
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Applications should include scientific CV (including list of publications in peerreviewed
journals, if any), courses and grades, motivation letter and contact
data from two references. Please direct specific inquiries to Prof. Jürgen Rödel
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