Postdoctoral Position in Advanced Characterization of Steels

Chalmers University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD position in material sciences. The funding allows successful candidate to work for three years. The deadline for applying is January 06, 2020.

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Information about the division and the project

The Materials Microstructure division’s research is focused on understanding the relation between materials properties and their microstructure, how this is affected by processing and how it evolves during operation. This is mainly achieved by applying advanced characterization tools, such as electron microscopy, synchrotron/neutron experiments and atom probe tomography. Among the goals are to provide knowledge that can be used to develop new materials and optimize composition, production routes, heat treatments etc.

Now we have an open position for a post-doc who will perform research on steels, applying atom probe tomography and electron microscopy, in two different projects. The first project concerns oxidation of alumina-forming steels in liquid lead, related to applications in lead-cooled nuclear reactors. The second project deals with nucleation and early stages of precipitation during heat treatment. Both projects will be performed in close cooperation with other universities and industry.

Major responsibilities

The main part of the work will be to perform materials studies using APT, but also electron microscopy (SEM and TEM). For sample preparation, focused ion beam (FIB/SEM) and electropolishing will be used. Results will be presented at project meetings and in scientific journals. The post-doc is also expected to supervise PhD-students and master students in the lab, as well as performing commissioned research for industry.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field a relevant field (preferably in physics or materials science); the degree should generally not be older than three years.

- Expert knowledge in APT, including sample preparation using FIB/SEM instruments. Some knowledge and experience in TEM.

- Knowledge and experience in the following areas; steel metallurgy, oxidation and nuclear materials.

- Excellent communication and collaboration skills with both academic and industry partners.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190684 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.

CV, include complete list of publications

Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 6th January, 2020

Associate professor, Mattias Thuvander, Materials Microstructure,, +46 31-772 33 22

Professor, Mats Halvarsson, Materials Microstructure,, +46 31-772 33 98


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