Postdoc position in “Nanomechanics of 3D printed mesoscale metamaterials” f/m/div

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH


September 30, 2021


The mission of the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung is to understand and design nanostructured materials down to atomic and electronic scales. In this spirit, we conduct basic research on structural and functional materials, mostly metallic alloys, embracing synthesis and processing, characterization and properties, as well as their response in engineering components exposed to real environmental conditions. We work interdisciplinary, with intense mutual stimulation among experimentalists and theoreticians as well as among different groups and departments.

The Department Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials (Prof. G. Dehm) offers a

Postdoc position in “Nanomechanics of 3D printed mesoscale metamaterials”


We are looking to hire a Postdoc in the field of Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science to work on micromechanics of complex metamaterials. Deadline for application: September 30, 2021 Expected starting date: January 2022.

Your tasks

You will work on design and mechanical characterization of complex metamaterials, with specific emphasis on high strain rate deformation conditions, using theory, simulation and experiments. You will design and 3D print mesoscale metallic metamaterials using a state-of-the-art additive micromanufacturing printer. Subsequently, you will conduct mechanical testing of these metamaterials using an advanced in situ micromechanical tester inside scanning electron microscope (SEM), with necessary FEM simulation support using COMSOL. Also, you will be involved in the development and implementation of complementary hardware for in situ SEM testing equipment, in collaboration with industrial partners. You will disseminate the outcome of your research in the form of scientific publications and present them at international scientific conferences.

Your profile

You hold a doctoral degree with excellent grasp of theoretical and experimental solid mechanics, along with basic electrical engineering concepts. You have knowledge of CAD design and printing of complex 3D mechanical architectures, FEM simulation and LabVIEW based programming. You have an excellent publication record. You have designed custom experimental mechanical/electrical engineering setups and are knowledgeable with hands-on methods development for complex in situ experiments. Previous research experience specifically related to in situ SEM and TEM based mechanical/materials science experiments, electrical engineering and MEMS design/fabrication are highly advantageous. The working language at our institute is English; excellent proficiency in English to communicate effectively on scientific topics is required.

What we offer

“Nanomechanical instrumentation and extreme nanomechanics (XNano)” is an exciting research group that aims at pushing the boundaries of small-scale mechanics. We aim at unravelling the properties of materials at micro- and nano-scales under application-relevant, yet unexplored, loading conditions of high strain rates, impact and high/cryo temperatures. For more information on the current research projects within the group, please visit: www. We also have a strong network of established collaborations for complementary research support including computed tomography, atomistic simulations, APT etc., within MPIE and in Europe/USA.

You will benefit from the department's and group's access to bleeding-edge experimental infrastructure and intellectual resources, along with plenty of possibilities for personal and professional development in a highly interdisciplinary yet collaborative environment.

The postdoc position is limited to at most 2 years.

The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Dr. Rajaprakash Ramachandramoorthy, Group Leader Nanomechanical instrumentation and extreme nanomechanics, Materials science of additive manufacturing, Department of Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials.

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