PhD Position in Atomistic Mechanics of Glasses, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Friction and wear are important processes that determine the
function of many mechanical devices, but their underlying microscopic
physical principles are complex and often not well understood.
Amorphous – or glassy – materials often form on surfaces that have
experienced frictional loading. The research will involve large-scale
molecular dynamics simulation of the near-surface deformation upon
indentation and scratching of network and bulk metallic glasses. The
goal is to build a fundamental understanding of energy dissipation
channels and plastic deformation processes in these materials, and to
identify potential differences in the behavior of ceramic and metallic
glass formers. The project will also make connection with higher level
meso- and macroscale theories for the description of the plasticity of
The research will be carried out in the group of Dr. Lars Pastewka
in a project funded by the Emmy-Noether program of the German Research
Foundation. The group is embedded in the MicroTribology Center (μTC)
which bundles tribology-related research activities at KIT-IAM and
Fraunhofer IWM. KIT provides excellent infrastructure for computational
research, including multiple high-performance computing platforms and
large-data storage facilities.
The candidate has an MSc (or equivalent) with a strong focus on
Material Science, Mechanics, Physics or Chemistry. Additional knowledge
of glasses, numerical methods, atomic-scale simulation, and experience
with Python and C/C++ is an asset.
Remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L. The application deadline is May 31, 2015.
For more information please contact Dr. Lars Pastewka, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter, curriculum
vitae, transcripts and contact information for at least one academic
reference to the IAM-CMS front office reachable at office-CMS@iam.kit.edu.
KIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially
encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be
preferentially considered if equally qualified.