PhD Position – Nanostructured metallic / ceramic multilayer thin films

  • Vollzeit
  • Jülich

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Kennziffer: 2022D-063

Your Job:

Within this project you will be dealing with reactive, nanometer sized aluminum and nickel multilayer stacks and how ceramic interlayers can influence the mechanical performance as well as reaction of the purely metallic stacks.
Specific tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Synthesis of metallic / ceramic multilayers in cooperation with project partners
  • Characterization of multilayers by advanced scanning and transmission electron microscopy
  • Collection and analysis of (in situ) mechanical deformation data at micro-/nanometer length scales
  • Development and validation of mechanistic models based on experimental results
  • Publication of your results in recognized scientific journals and presentations at international scientific conferences

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree in Materials Science, Physics or related Natural Science / Engineering disciplines
  • Experience in electron microscopy, physical vapor deposition techniques and/or programming are a great plus
  • Commitment to collaborate with internal and external project partners
  • Strong cooperation and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic to experimentally work in a team of diverse and international colleagues
  • Structured and independent work ethic
  • Very good knowledge of English language, both spoken and written

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:
We work on the very latest challenges that impact our society and offer you the chance to actively contribute to shaping the change. We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • An excellent scientific environment to perform high-quality research at international level with state-of-the-art infrastructure at one of Europe’s largest research centers
  • A highly motivated group as well as an international and interdisciplinary work environment
  • A research stay with our collaboration partner in Switzerland for multilayer fabrication
  • Opportunities to participate in and contribute to national and international conferences and workshops
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your advisor
  • Doctoral degree conferred by RWTH Aachen University
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors:
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years. Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at:

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

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