PhD Position (m/f/d) characterisation of the degradation of magnesium

Start of announcement09.09.2020
End of announcement06.10.2020
Institute or departmentInstitute of Materials Research
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Applicant managementHerr Tristan Tietz

The Institute of Materials Research, Division Metallic Biomaterials at HZG focusses on the development of Magnesium (Mg)-based alloys for specific applications such as biodegradable implants. Especially for biomedical Mg-based devices, it is crucial to understand and model the mechanisms governing the interactions between alloy composition and micro structure on one side and mechanical as well as corrosive properties on the other side. The challenge is the complex biological environment under which theimplant has to operate and eventually dissolve. One important piece of additional information is the influence of load on the degradation behaviour under physiological conditions that shall be addressed within the framework of this project.

Within this framework, we are offering a PhD position (m/f/d) for the characterisation of the degradation of magnesium under load as soon as possible. The position is initially limited to three years. The place of employment is Hamburg.

Your tasks

Your responsibility within this project will be the investigation of Mg alloys under load in corrosive environments, to generate a comprehensive data space. This provides the experimental background to develop a digital twin of the material and the corrosion process by the modelling side of the project. In order to achieve this you will need to plan and conduct experiments (ex situ and in situ) aiming at the characterisation of the influence of mechanical load on the degradation of the material and to evaluate the results.This includes the use of standard laboratory techniques (e.g. X-ray diffraction, optical and scanning electron microscopy) as well as advanced synchrotron-radiation-based methods e.g. micro computed tomography and grain mapping. After the evaluation and analysis, you will need to hand over the results to the modellers in a structured form, which enables their further processing.

Your profile

  • master’s degree or diploma in Physics, Material Science, Engineering or a related discipline
  • strong analytical and experimental skills
  • background knowledge in computer programming (e.g. MatLab, C++) is necessary
  • background knowledge in the field of materials research and corresponding analytical techniques is required
  • experience with X-ray diffraction or X-ray imaging is strongly desired
  • team spirit, pro-active attitude, good communication skills and the ability to work efficiently in an interdisciplinary team has to be proven
  • proof of good written and spoken command of English is required (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with over 1,000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family andcareer
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modernwork spaces
  • an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2020/WB 4.

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