Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D. position)

A Ph.D. position is available at the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering. Our work within the collaborative research center Spin+X considers the interaction of crystallographic microstructure, magnetic domain structure and integral magnetic properties of iron alloys during quasi-static and cyclic mechanical loadings. The work is carried out in an interdisciplinary environment at the forefront of physics and materials science & engineering. The overall aim of is to push forward the fundamental understanding of the interactions mentioned above and to establish non-destructive magnetic measurement methods for monitoring material degradation under cyclic mechanical loads.

The lab features modern servohydraulic testing systems for mechanical loading, equipped with high precision stress, strain, electrical resistivity and temperature sensors as well as with innovative and in this form unique measurement system for various magnetic properties, e.g. permeability, Barkhausen noise, etc. For microstructural analyses, light optical microscopy (LOM), Kerr-microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) including electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) are available. Miniaturized load units allow for in-situ testing and multiscale microstructure characterization by LOM, SEM, EDX and EBSD.

As scientific employee of the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering you will receive thorough familiarization in the experimental techniques and supervision of your work by experienced staff and will be involved in teaching activities such as lab practices for students on BSc and MSc level.

Possible applicants need to hold a Masters or equivalent degree in Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science. Experience in magnetic materials or spintronics is an advantage.


This research is related to Spin+X project B08.


For further information and applications (including a full CV) contact:

Prof. Dr. Tilmann Beck, Dr. Marek Smaga      

Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, TU Kaiserslautern; www.mv.uni-kl.de/wkk

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