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The Mechanical Behavior of Materials Research Group (Prof. Benoit Merle) of the Institute of Materials Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kassel welcomes applications for the following position:

PostDoc Research Associate in Nanoindentation Testing at High Strain Rates (m/w/d), max. up to EG 13 TV-H, fixed-term, full time (100%)

Closes: 15.01.2023
Date of Hire: as soon as possible
Reference: 35635

Please send your application with the usual informative documents, stating the reference number in the subject line, via the online form. We have compiled further information for you in our FAQ.

In exceptional cases, we will also accept your application documents in paper form addressed to: The President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany, or via mail to bewerbungen[at]uni-kassel.de, stating the reference number.

In the case of postal applications, please submit only copies of your documents (no folders), as these cannot be returned. All documents will be destroyed after completion of the selection process in compliance with data protection regulations.

We offer a fixed term-contract with initial employment of 1 year and follow-up extension (according to § 65 HHG i. V. m. § 2 Abs. 1 WissZeitVG). The salary corresponds to the EG 13 grade of the public-sector TV-H tariff.

This position is your unique chance to participate in a large-scale European project (ERC NanoHighSpeed), which will establish nanoindentation testing as the method of choice for investigating high strain rate effects in materials at the micro/nano-scale.

The Mechanical Behavior of Materials lab is a young and fast-expanding research group headed by Benoit Merle. It is focused on the nanomechanical characterization of materials. Over the past few years, Dr. Merle and his collaborators have made seminal contributions to the development of novel nano-scale testing techniques. Such new experimental methods are pivotal to identify the elementary mechanisms that govern the mechanical behavior of complex modern materials.

Your Tasks:

Your main tasks will include:

  • Collaborative work within the NanoHighSpeed project on high strain-rate deformation of materials
  • Development and application of new nanoindentation testing methods
  • Characterization of the deformation and fracture behavior of materials at the micro/nano-scale
  • Evaluation and curation of large datasets
  • Publication of results and reporting
  • Presentations at seminars and conferences
  • Collaboration with our scientific partners
  • Participation in the common activities of the research group

Your profile:

The successful candidate shall demonstrate the following skills and achievements:

  • Completed university scientific education with a PhD degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or Physics. The degree required for this position must have been obtained by the starting date at the latest.
  • Excellence in the field of nanoindentation testing, including both theoretical knowledge and experimental practice
  • Experience in metallographic sample preparation and electron microscopy
  • Good knowledge in Materials Science, Continuum Mechanics / Dynamics, Micro/Nanomechanics
  • High proficiency in English, both in writing and orally
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Willingness to interact socially and cooperate with the other members of the research group

The following additional skills would also be beneficial:

  • Knowledge and practical experience with Focused Ion Beam Milling
  • Proficiency in German

Feel free to reach out to Prof. Dr. habil. Benoit Merle, Tel.: +49 561 804 3656, contact: benoit.merle(at)uni-kassel.de

Our offer:
As an employee of the University of Kassel

In addition, you will benefit from the advantages of employment in the public service such as:

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