3D characterization of deformation and fracture mechansims in metallic polycrystals

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The Bio/Chemo/Mechanics of Materials (https://materials.imdea.org/groups/bcmom/) research group is looking for a post-doctoral research associate to work on the characterization of the deformation and fracture mechanisms of metallic polycrystals through the application of diffraction contrast tomography (to assess the 3D polycrystal structure) in combination with in situ mechanical tests using electron-backscattered diffraction and high-resolution digital image correlation. The final goal is to establish the relationship between different competing deformation modes (slip, twinning, phase transformations) and fracture mechanisms from 3D information of the microstructure and in situ mechanical tests.

Candidates should hold a PhD in Materials Science or Mechanics of Materials (or related discipline) and an excellent research record for his/her age and experience. Fluent English (written and oral) is required. Experience in physical metallurgy and in situ characterization of materials will be valued.

Selected candidates will be offered an initial one year full-time contract with social security coverage as a post-doctoral research associate. The contract may be extended for another year depending on the performance and results.

Applications are processed upon reception. The position might be closed once ten working days have passed since publication, so we encourage early application.

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