Two PhD positions in the field of deformation mechanisms of hcp metals and alloys (a)
Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.
Our Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures in Thun is offering two PhD position founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) in the field deformation mechanism of hexagonal closed packed (hcp) metals and alloys.
The Project
The research project aim at investigating the effect of solute atoms in the deformation twinning mechanisms of hcp alloys through the development of novel in situ testing experiments combined with advanced characterization techniques for strains, stresses and dislocation analyses at the nanoscale. This includes the development of high resolution electron backscatter diffraction (HR-EBSD + 3D HR-EBSD), high resolution transmission kikuchi diffraction (HR-TKD), as well as the precession electron diffraction (PED) in the transmission electron microscope (TEM) during nano-mechanical testing. In parallel to single and polycrystalline materials investigations, synthesis of hcp alloys will be done by advanced combinatorial physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques.
Your profile
You must hold a Master’s or an equivalent Degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or similar. A high motivation to work at the leading edge of measurement science and to work in an international, multidisciplinary research team is essential. Knowledge of English (oral and written) is important and knowledge of German or French would be an advantage. Experience in nanomechanical testing techniques (nanoindentation, micropillar compression), electron microscopy based techniques (SEM, FIB and TEM), physical vapor deposition, as well as programming (e.g. Matlab, Python or C++) is desirable.
Our offer
Empa in Thun, near Bern, offers an ideal working environment with excellent infrastructure for personal and professional development and is situated in a beautiful area in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. You will be enrolled in the "Materials Science" doctoral program at EPFL in Lausanne. The starting date is as soon as possible or upon mutual agreement and the PhD project is planned for 4 years.
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Cristina Marinoni, Bereichspersonalleiterin / HR Partner
  Dr. Xavier Maeder
Group Leader Microstructural analyses
Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures
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