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
Deadline for application: September 30, 2021
Expected starting date: January 2022.
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.
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. mpie.de/xnano. 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,
Nanomechanical instrumentation and extreme nanomechanics,
Materials science of additive manufacturing,
Department of Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials.