A PhD position in environmentally-assisted degradation of magnesium alloys is available within the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM, Germany. the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM is a leading research centre in the experimental and theoretical characterisation of material properties.

As a part of the Fraunhofer Society, Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation, the objective of IWM is to develop solutions that improve the safety, reliability, durability and functionality of technical components and systems, thus making them more cost-effective, energy-efficient and economical.

PhD Project Description

This new research project at Fraunhofer IWM aims to develop a detailed mechanistic understanding of the degradation of magnesium (Mg) alloys. Mg alloys are the lightest structural metals available, making them ideal for applications were weight-saving is a priority, e.g. the automotive and aerospace industries; however, their use in such applications is limited by their relatively low resistance to environmentally-assisted degradation (high-temperature creep, hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion). Thus, the development of more durable alloys requires a detailed mechanistic understanding of these degradation modes.

The project will combine aspects of engineering fracture mechanics, solid-state physics and electrochemistry. You will perform a wide range of experiments using Fraunhofer IWM’s excellent facilities to characterise the durability of materials under controlled environmental conditions and analyse the results to develop an understanding of the underlying degradation mechanisms. You will work with our technical staff and help supervise research assistants also involved in the project. You will be expected to present the results of your work at international conferences and to publish them in high-impact journals.

Desired Profile

We expect you to have graduated with excellent results in materials science, mechanical engineering or physics. Relevant experience working in a laboratory environment, especially in materials characterization and/or testing, would be highly valued. You should be creative, proactive and capable of working with others in an international, multidisciplinary environment. Excellent written and oral English communication skills and a willingness to learn German are essential.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates can contact

Dr. Nicholas Winzer
Microstructure and Damage Analysis
Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
Woehlerstrasse 11
79108 Freiburg, Germany
Email: nicholas.winzer@iwm.fraunhofer.de

Note, application deadline to the PhD Position in Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM, Germany is 31 October, 2011.

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