Belgium: PhD TEM position (100%) on Nanostructured Metals Granted by the M-ERA.NET program of the EU

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Job description:
You contribute to research in the field of transmission electron microscopy of nanostructured metals at the University of Antwerp. Your work will be part of a new EU network coordinating efforts of 5 European research teams in the framework of the project “FAtigue Simulation near Surfaces” (FASS). The network is focused at the mechanical behaviour of polycrystalline metallic thin film systems and micropillars under cyclic loads and includes modeling, simulation, macro-, micro- and nano-characterization. The work at EMAT focuses on the micro- and nano-characterisation providing quantitative data to test and steer the modeling and simulation parts and includes FIB sample preparation, in-situ nano-mechanical testing (tensile, compression, …) with a dedicated TEM holder, HRTEM and HAADF-STEM imaging of interface structures, etc. You will have the opportunity to operate advanced instruments including aberration-corrected Titan microscopes, Tecnai G2, a FIB/SEM Helios Nanolab 650, etc.

Profile and requirements:

  • Having obtained a Ma degree with outstanding grades, in physics, chemistry, engineering or materials science, preferably with emphasis on metallic systems and their mechanical behaviour.
  • Research experience (possibly obtained during Ma thesis) at an outstanding level, preferably in the field of transmission electron microscopy and/or nanomechanical behaviour of materials
  • An advanced mastery of academic English

We offer:

  • A PhD scholarship position (100%) for a period of 4 years (including a trial period of 1 year) (appr. € 2.000 and depending on years of relevant experience, taxes waived).
  • A start of the position envisaged for January 1, 2014 (earlier possible if needed).
  • A dynamic, stimulating and international work environment in one of the top TEM research centers in the world (see also http://www.emat.ua.ac.be/) and in collaboration with prime laboratories in Germany (Erlangen, Karlsruhe) and France (Paris, Grenoble).
  • Optimal conditions to further develop your research career in Flanders or abroad.
  • A work location in the city of Antwerp, full of historical charm and modern convenience, and close to ‘the Capital of Europe’, Brussels.

 

Interested?

  • More information can be obtained from the project coordinator, Prof. Dr. D. Schryvers (nick.schryversua.ac.be)
  • Applications must be submitted by the candidate to the project coordinator, Prof. Dr. D. Schryvers, via e-mail (nick.schryversua.ac.be) by the final application date of 1 October 2013 (5 pm, GMT +1). Applications contain a clear CV including a list of publications and conference presentations and at least two reference letters.
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