PhD candidates - Assistant Research (PL form “Asystent”) Advanced Multifunctional Materials Science | NOMATEN2022.10.30 14:05 - Anna Sawińska
NOMATEN Center of Excellence is formed through a partnership between NCBJ (Poland), CEA (France) and VTT (Finland) with joint financial support from the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the European Commission. It is currently composed of 5 Research Groups and is directed by Mikko Alava. NOMATEN focuses on the characterization, analysis and development of advanced multifunctional materials, specifically those designed to work in extreme conditions, with primary examples being radiation, high temperature and corrosion. We also conduct research on development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, based on radiopharmaceuticals, to defeat cancer disease. Read more about NOMATEN development at http://nomaten.ncbj.gov.pl
Multiple positions exist on the PhD student levels in NOMATEN Research Groups with a proposed starting date of January 1st:
Complexity in Functional Materials: mechanical properties (yielding, time-dependent fracture) to the role and understanding of the microstructure in determining such properties. We also work on Machine Learning approaches in complex materials. Key words of importance are metal alloys, and High-Entropy Alloys in particular.
Two example PhD projects are:
- understanding materials’ deformation with material informatics. Plasticity in metals and metal alloys is a complex phenomenon. In this PhD project we apply dislocation simulation and machine learning-like approaches to plasticity. Example publications are Phys. Rev. 5, 073601 (2021) and 4, 083602 (2020).
Preferred background: Statistical mechanics, computational simulations, machine learning.
- Computational materials science on the development of corrosion-resistance multicomponent alloys. You will be part of a team focused on uncovering the origins of the exceptional mechanical properties of multi-principal element alloys (MPEAs) as functions of composition under water with dissolved oxygen at various temperatures. To tackle these multi-scale challenges, we need to develop reactive force field (ReaxFF) of MPEAs-H-O systems for Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to understand the mechanochemical behaviors at the atomic scale. You are supposed to develop a ReaxFF by performing some first principle calculations for each binary selection of elements in the systems. Then you will do some ReaxFF- MD simulations to investigate stress corrosion cracking of MPEAs.
Preferred background: Physics, chemistry, chemical Engineering, materials Science, or a related field, eperience with electronic structure calculations using packages such VASP, Quantum Espresso, or similar codes, experience with molecular dynamics modeling of reactive systems would be a plus.
Contact person: prof. Mikko Alava (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Functional properties group is studying impact of radiation damage on the mechanical and structural properties. Specific topics covering materials devoted to Gen. III+ and IV nuclear reactors like: stainless steels, ODS and HEAs, Al2O3 coatings, zirconium and nickel alloys will be proposed. Experiments will be conducted on ion damaged materials and at their working temperatures by using specific techniques like: nanoindentation, X-ray diffraction, tensile tests and Raman spectroscopy. Structural properties are determined by means of SEM/FIB/EBSD/EDS and TEM.
- For nuclear applications, radiation-induced failure is one of the major limiting factors for applying new materials as structural components in Gen. IV nuclear power reactors. Several works show that high-entropy alloys may hold potential applications with a long service life in an extreme irradiation environment. However, the radiation damage mechanisms of high-entropy alloys are still in debate and don't remain fully explored. For this reason, fundamental work is needed to study defect structure evolution in high-entropy alloys during ion-radiation. Hence, the primary goal of the proposed work is to develop novel high-entropy alloys and investigate the relationship between the microstructure and properties of the materials.
The position is open in the frame of the Polonez BIS grant headed by dr Huo. A candidate with a strong background in using analytical TEM techniques, particularly HRTEM/STEM-HAADF, for the analysis of defect structures is searched. Experience in the use of Cs-corrected microscopes will be considered. Some knowledge of nanoindentation, in-situ TEM tests, or digital image correlation tensile testing would be a plus. He/she is open-minded and autonomous, willing to interact with other researchers and contribute to several common goals.
Preferred background: Materials science, materials engineering, nuclear engineering, mechanics.
More about this position: https://www.ncbj.gov.pl/en/praktyki/phd-student-scholarship-material-sci...
- Master of Science or equivalent.
- Fluency in English, spoken and written
National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ), ul. Andrzeja Sołtana 7, 05-400 Otwock, Poland
(Suburb of Warsaw, efficient and free daily bus transport service provided).
4200 - 7,000 per month (at current exchange rate 875 -1,400 € per month); the details in each case depend on qualifications and experience, and the compensation is composed of the base salary and seniority addition, project bonus).
Read more about contributions in Poland at https://www.ncbj.gov.pl/en/hrcareer/contributions-poland
One year initial employment with extension after a positive evaluation.
Work in international network with research institutes and industrial companies.
Access to the research potential of NOMATEN’s three partners between NCBJ (Poland), CEA (France) and VTT (Finland).
Some of the positions are for joint collaborative research with NOMATEN partners CEA (France) and VTT (Finland) and thus include extensive visits to the collaborating institution.
Travel funds for participation in conferences and collaboration, attractive working conditions, atmosphere of teamwork, family-friendly environment with flexible working hours, support of an experienced local team in legal, financial and organisational issues as well as logistic support and advice related to working in Poland - enabling smooth relocation and equal opportunities.
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- CV with complete publication list,
- brief description of important scientific achievements and scientific outlook,
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