Post-Doc In Tribology

Universities and Institutes of France
September 30, 2023
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23 Aug 2023

Job Information


Ecole Centrale de Lyon



Research Field


Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)



Application Deadline

30 Sep 2023 - 12:00 (Europe/Paris)

Type of Contract


Job Status


Hours Per Week


Offer Starting Date

1 Jan 2024

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The post-doc will be working in the framework of a collaboration between two companies and LTDS lab at ECL on a project to develop materials for friction stir welding (FSW) tools, enabling friction stir welding of high mechanical performance materials, with improved tool lifetime.

Within the framework of this project, LTDS's objective is to understand the tribological damage phenomena of FSW tools on the basis of laboratory tribological tests and numerical simulation results, working on the materials currently in use and on those developed in another work package of the project (using the SPS - spark plasma sintering - process), so as to optimize the tribological behavior of these new materials for FSW applications.

The post-doc's work is part of the "Analysis and understanding of tribological damage to FSW tools" work package, studying the tribological behavior of new materials under conditions representative of the FSW of materials with high mechanical properties, combined with the contributions of numerical simulation of this assembly process.

In collaboration with the project partners and the tribology researchers and engineers at LTDS (Ecully and Saint-Etienne campuses), you will hold the position of post-doc in tribology and will be responsible for the following tasks:

- Implement a tribological experimental approach and validate it with tests on currently used materials

- Carry out laboratory tribological tests on newly developed materials

- Analyze the obtained tribological results and supplement them with analyses carried out on worn surfaces, to gain an understanding of wear phenomena, in relationships with the effects of experimental parameters, to move towards a better understanding of material effects.

- Participate in the development of an improved numerical simulation code for the FSW process, based on the obtained experimental data, and use the results of the code to gain a deeper understanding of the experimental test results.

- Coordinate project planning (experiments, analyses, calculations, reports, etc.)

- Maintain the acquired knowledge by ensuring formalization via reports and presentations

- Communicate results

This project is funded under the RAPID scheme of the Defense Innovation Agency (French Ministry of Defense).


Research Field


Education Level

PhD or equivalent


PhD or previous post-doc in the field of tribology. Knowledge in

tribology, with in-depth knowledge in wear of materials. Expertise in numerical simulation of tribology would be a plus.

A keen interest in experimental work (laboratory tests/measurements)

with a rigorous, methodological approach. Also interested in numerical simulation.

You appreciate teamwork and are able to work independently. You have good

organizational skills. Your communication skills (English mandatory) and your ability to summarize are recognized. Your listening and analytical skills are well developed. You have good writing skills and are able to publish and promote your research.

Technical skills required:
  • Bibliographic survey (literature, conferences, etc.).
  • Carrying out tribological tests and analyse results, taking into account wear and tribological principles.
  • Mastery of classic tools for studying surfaces in tribology (optical microscopy, SEM, surface topography, etc.).
  • Basic knowledge of numerical simulation in mechanics.
  • Specific Requirements

    work in a restricted access area (ZRR)





    Research Field


    Years of Research Experience

    1 - 4
    Additional Information


    EC Lyon offers a 24-month full-time work contract, indicatively starting on 01/01/2024. The position will be based in Ecully (France). There is a probation period of two (2) months and there are 35 working hours per week.

    The remuneration will consist of a gross annual salary between 30.1 and 35.7 k€ according to experience (gross amount for the employee before tax). Of this amount, the estimated net salary to be perceived by the Researcher is between ~ 2000 and ~ 2400 EUR/month, according to experience. However, the definite amount to be received by the Researcher is subject to national tax legislation.

    Net salary can fluctuate in accordance with an individual's personal circumstances (marital status, age, disability, family and dependents, etc). The above indicative net salary offers an approximation of what a single person could expect to receive in the bank account after some taxes (before income tax).

    Benefits include:

  • Sick leave
  • Maternity leave
  • Paternity leave
  • Family events leave (marriage, death, etc.)
  • A family bonus is granted from the birth of the first child.
  • A transport bonus is granted if the Researcher has a monthly public transport pass.
  • Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible, applicants must, on the closing date of the call for projects :

    hold a doctorate (or have defended a doctoral thesis) Have less than 8 years' research experience (full-time equivalent) after obtaining their (first) doctoral degree. Respect the mobility rule: not have resided or carried out their main activity (employment, studies, etc.) in the country of application (Beneficiary's country for European PF and country of the Associate Partner of the first phase for Global PF) for more than 12 months during the 3 years preceding the closing date of the call for projects.

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    Selection process

    The recruitment process takes place in two stages, supervised by a recruitment committee, in accordance with Centrale Lyon's OTMR policy.

    - Study of the written application: CV + cover letter and other required documents

    - Selection interview: in person or by videoconference

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