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Ruhr-Universität Bochum | Institut fuer Werkstoffe/Chair for Atomic-scale Characterization

Best.-Nr.: 355411 - Doktorand (m/w/d) 39,83 Std./Woche, 3 Jahre

  • Online seit 13.11.2020
  • 201113-422392
  • 355411
  • Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter(in)


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

Refractory high-entropy alloys (RHEAs), consisting of elements with high melting points, are promising candidates (m/f/d) for high-temperature applications beyond Ni-based superalloys and other conventional refractory alloys. Among RHEAs, the equiatomic body-centered cubic (BCC) TiZrNbHfTa alloy exhibits an excellent combination of ductility and strength at room temperature. This alloy was initially thought to be stable since its high mixing entropy should inhibit the formation of secondary phases. However, upon aging below 900 °C, a hexagonal close-packed (HCP) phase precipitates, leading to a severe deterioration in ductility. To improve the mechanical performance of BCC RHEAs, one must know how to control the formation of microstructural features and understand their roles in deformation behaviors. In this project, the successful PhD candidate (m/f/d)will use atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to investigate early-stage HCP precipitation and formation of nanoprecipitates. The successful PhD candidate (m/f/d) will work with another PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Guillaume Laplanche to establish the structure-property relationships of TiZrNbHfTa RHEAs. This PhD position is a part of priority programme ‘compositionally complex alloys-high entropy alloys (CCA-HEA, SPP 2006).

The successful candidate (m/f/d) will be working in the new research center for interface-dominated high-performance materials (ZGH) at Ruhr University Bochum, which houses a large and comprehensive suite of equipment dedicated to nanostructure analysis; the center is among the best facilities of its kind in the world. She or he will have access to world-class set of laboratories and more than 10 major microscopy platforms, including the state-of-the-art atom probe, aberration-corrected TEM and focused ion beam etc.

The position is third party funded and does not have any formal teaching duties attached.

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they are underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.


The candidate (m/f/d)  must have:

  • an excellent master’s degree in materials science
  • solid knowledge of physical metallurgy, familiar with phase transformation in BCC high entropy alloys or titanium alloys, or deformation in BCC titanium alloys
  • experience with TEM, or high-resolution TEM, or scanning TEM (STEM), or interpretation of electron diffraction
  • a high level of spoken and written English
  • can work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • ability to plan and organize the PhD project effectively
  • can work in multicultural environment
  • self-motivated and eager to learn

Please send your complete and informative application documents (informative cover letter, CV with certificates) as one pdf document by e-mail to: Prof. Dr. Tong Li, email: atomicjobs-mb@rub.de 

Application deadline:  13 December 2020 23:59 pm



Art der Beschäftigung
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
3 Jahre
TVL 12/13
Sonntag, 13. Dezember 2020 - 11:59


Hochschule / Einrichtung
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Institut / Einrichtung
Institut fuer Werkstoffe/Chair for Atomic-scale Characterization
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum, Deutschland
Frau Tong Li



Ruhr-Universität Bochum | Institut fuer Werkstoffe/Chair for Atomic-scale Characterization

Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum