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Postdoc Position in Fracture Mechanics

The Institute for General Material Properties of the
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is seeking outstanding
candidates for a research project on crack-microstructure interactions.

The aim of this project is to use a 3D multiscale modeling approach to
derive a mechanistic description of crack tip plasticity, which takes into
account the interaction of crack tips with elements of the microstructure like
dislocations, grain boundaries or second phase particles. For this purpose, atomistic simulations will be performed and
combined with dislocation dynamics simulations and continuum dislocation theory
to describe the crack tip plasticity and ultimately gain a better understanding
of fracture toughness of semi-brittle materials.  

The successful candidate will hold a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering,
Materials Science, Physics or a related field, and have a proven track record
in research related to fracture mechanics. In addition, a solid background in
physical metallurgy and mechanical behavior of materials as well as experience with
numerical simulations is required. Excellent oral and written communication
skills and the ability to work well in a dynamic and collaborative research
environment are essential.

The department of materials science and engineering of the
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is Germany’s largest and home
to the center of excellence in Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM) in which
this research project is based.   It is located in the metropolitan area of
Nuremberg (3.5 Mio inhabitants), in the northern part of Bavaria.

Applicants are asked to submit their curriculum vitae, three selected
publications and names and contact information of two references to:


If you are interested in this research opportunity and attending the ICF13 or are in Beijing from June 15th to 21st, do not hesitate to
email me so we can meet up.

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