Postdoc in 4D X-Ray Analysis of Graphite Nucleation and Growth during Solidification of Ductile Cast Iron

DTU Mekanik
mandag 28 maj 18

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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the section for Manufacturing Engineering has a vacant 3-year postdoc position in the recently granted project “Optimized high performance ductile cast iron using 4D X-ray analysis and microstructural modelling”.

The position is to be filled 1 October 2018 or soon after that.

The project, supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research, aims at providing the basis for optimizing the properties of ductile cast iron in order to meet the future demand for lighter and more reliable components in sectors like automotive and wind-energy.

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with international partners in the UK and in France. The overall task is to use the latest 4D (3D+time) synchrotron X-ray imaging and diffraction methods in combination with electron microscopy to visualize and quantify the development of ductile iron microstructure during solidification and subsequent solid-state cooling. The final goal is to establish the theoretical basis, in the form of quantitative models, for understanding the mechanisms controlling the occurrence of defects like degenerate graphite and porosity.    

The successful applicant is required to hold a PhD degree or equivalent in materials science or in manufacturing/mechanical engineering. Furthermore, he/she must demonstrate a strong background within (listed in order of importance): 

  • Quantitative materials image analysis, preferably of X-ray computed tomography data
  • Solidification of metals, preferably cast irons
  • Advanced microscopy characterization techniques, e.g. SEM, EBSD, TEM
  • Programming in Python and/or Matlab
  • Mathematical modelling

Excellent English communication skills are essential.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.  

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of section, Professor Jesper Hattel tel: +45 4525 4710 or Associate professor Niels Tiedje, tel: +45 4525 4719.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 August 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 157 persons, 95 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 85 persons.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.