Postdoc in 4D Materials Science

tirsdag 25 maj 21

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Frist 15. juni 2021
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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the section for Manufacturing Engineering has a vacant 3-month postdoc position in the recently granted ERC-ADG project “Metal Microstructures in Four Dimensions”.

The project is supported by the European Research Council via an Advanced Grant. It aims at

  1. developing a universal laboratory based 4D X-ray microscope with potentials in the broad field of materials science and beyond
  2. advancing metals research by quantifying local microstructural variations using the new 4D tool and by including effects hereof in the understanding and modelling of industrially relevant metals.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The overall task for the Post Doc is to further develop a novel X-ray technique for non-destructive 3D orientation mapping with a spatial resolution 10 times better than is currently possible at laboratory-based systems. This shall be achieved by using state-of-the-art X-ray focusing optics and a new experimental data acquisition and analysis procedure. Both hardware instrumenting and software development is needed. The candidate will work in close collaboration with a group of senior scientists, technicians as well as Post Docs and PhDs. In addition the work may involve collaboration with selected external partners.

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

  • X-ray diffraction, preferably experience in laboratory X-ray micro-diffraction
  • Crystallography
  • Reconstruction of grain microstructures from diffraction data
  • Programming in C and/or Matlab
  • Metallurgy

Excellent English communication skills are essential.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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 Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 3 months, stating from 1 Aug. 2021 or soon after that.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained Professor Dorte Juul Jensen tel: +45 4525 4777 or Senior Scientist Yubin Zhang, tel: +45 4525 4752.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 June 2021 (Danish 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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • 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 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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