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PhD position: In-situ micromechanical testing

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IMPACT is an international Multiscale Materials Testing Research Group at Tampere University. Our work focuses on microscopic and macroscopic mechanical testing of materials at different strain rates and temperatures. We focus on improving the basic scientific understanding of material behaviour under extreme conditions and solving practical industrial problems involving high rate material deformation. IMPACT is looking to hire a Doctoral Researcher (PhD student) in the field of Materials Science to work on micromechanics of materials studied under extreme deformation conditions. 

The Doctoral Researcher will belong to Materials Science and Environmental Engineering Unit (MSEE), which is a sub-unit of Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS). Materials science conducts internationally high-level research on engineering materials based on strong interdisciplinary basic research. It offers a high-quality basic infrastructure for materials research and teaching, and the infrastructure is continuously developed towards the future needs in the field of materials science. The cornerstone of our strategy is active collaboration with companies, which is realized as very high percentage of supplementary funding and large number of materials experts graduated from us working in industry. At the same time the active interdisciplinary basic research is realized as growing portion of academic funding and peer reviewed articles. 


Job description

You will work on mechanical deformation behaviour of materials at small length scales with a special emphasis on extreme deformation conditions – high temperatures and high strain rates. You will perform advanced in-situ micromechanical testing in a scanning electron microscope (SEM).  During the course of the PhD, you will be involved in sample preparation using FIB-SEM, performing micromechanical experiments in the SEM and studying the effects of strain rate and temperature on material deformation behaviour. You will disseminate the outcome of your research in the form of scientific publications and present them at international scientific conferences. 

The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System (YPSJ). According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of Doctoral Student is placed on the job demand levels 1-4. In addition, employees receive performance-based salary. 

The position will be filled now for a fixed period of two (2) years. Trial period of six (6) month applies. The position will be extended by two more years based on additional funding. Appointment is expected to commence on 15 May 2019 or as mutually agreed. You are expected to complete the PhD degree requirements and defend your PhD thesis in Materials Science within 4 years.



You must hold a master’s or an equivalent degree in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science or similar. The work requires high level of experimental skills and analytical mind set for interpreting the measured data. Good command of English – both oral fluency and in written form – is mandatory.

You are a team player able to work in multidisciplinary research teams. Your strengths include strong methodological background, excellent analytical skills, very good writing skills, high motivation for innovation and flexibility to work and deliver results. You are highly motivated for materials research and look forward to working in an international environment.   The work involves substantial scientific reporting and writing. Experience in mechanical testing techniques and electron microscopy will be an added advantage.

Please also note that the position of Doctoral Researcher requires you to be admitted to post-graduate studies at Tampere University.

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We offer

You will benefit from the excellent research infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings provided by Tampere University, with plenty of possibilities for personal and professional development. The University offers a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent campus sports facilities and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. For more information, please visit:

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Further information

For more information about micromechanics research at Tampere University, visit: 

For more information about the position, contact Assistant Professor Gaurav Mohanty:


How to apply

Please submit your application using the online application form on Tampere University website:

The closing date for applications is 20 April 2019.Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Please include the following documents in your application:

  1. A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Scanned copies of degree certificates (including transcripts) – bachelor’s and master’s
  4. Contact details of 2-3 possible referees

Optional documents: GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores (if already available), description of research undertaken/research experience (max 2 pages), publication list (if applicable).

Applications and all accompanying documentation should be written in English. In case the transcripts are in another language, submit an English translation.


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