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RWTH Aachen - Institut für Metallkunde und Materialphysik

Research at the Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Physics at RWTH Aachen University focuses on fundamental and applied materials physics. Materials are characterised, modelled and improved in interdisciplinary collaborations at national and international level and using state-of-the-art equipment. 

Rese­arch Assi­stant / Asso­ciate

Post-Doc­to­ral Rese­ar­cher in Com­pu­ta­tio­nal Mate­ri­als

Work­ing field:

The vast majo­rity of engi­nee­ring mate­ri­als are based on metal­lic alloys cent­red around sin­gle ele­ments, e.g. Fe, Al, Mg, Ti or Ni. As even the most sophisti­ca­ted of these are reaching their per­for­mance limits, we need to deve­lop com­ple­tely new clas­ses of mate­ri­als. With >100,000 binary and ternary sys­tems, inter­me­tal­lics are a pro­mi­sing can­di­date; but how can those com­bi­ning strength and duc­tility be found?
These rese­arch posi­ti­ons will con­sti­tute a team effort at IMM as part of the ERC Star­ting Grant ‘Fun­Blocks’ to explore plastic defor­ma­tion in hard crystals. This will involve mecha­ni­cal ana­ly­sis of com­plex inter­me­tal­lic crystals from one binary and one ternary sys­tem to sys­te­ma­ti­cally quan­tify and com­pare the pro­per­ties of their small buil­ding blocks and their com­bi­na­ti­ons in large unit cells. This may be done by cal­cu­la­ti­ons of gene­ra­li­zed stacking fault ener­gies as well as dyna­mics of dis­lo­ca­tion motion to under­stand the cri­ti­cal mecha­nisms and con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons of the dis­lo­ca­tion cores and how these are affec­ted by the local struc­ture.
Ulti­mately, the aim is to pro­vide under­stan­ding of essen­tial inter­me­tal­lic buil­ding blocks and enable a data- and know­ledge-dri­ven search for new struc­tu­ral mate­ri­als.
Depen­ding on pre­vious post-doc expe­ri­ence, this posi­tion may be com­bi­ned with a group lea­der posi­tion, inclu­ding super­vi­sion of doc­to­ral stu­dents and fun­ding acqui­si­tion.


App­li­cants must have a doc­to­rate/Ph.D. or equi­va­lent.
An enthu­si­astic can­di­date who
  • holds (or will soon hold) a doc­to­ral degree in Mate­ri­als Sci­ence, Mate­ri­als Engi­nee­ring or Phy­sics
  • is inte­rested in working on fun­da­men­tal ques­ti­ons of plastic defor­ma­tion to ulti­mately sup­port dis­co­very of new mate­ri­als for extreme con­di­ti­ons
  • is keen to apply dif­fe­rent com­pu­ta­tio­nal methods at the ato­mic scale (DFT and/or MD)
  • has a very good com­mand of Eng­lish (and pre­fer­a­bly also Ger­man) and enjoys working in a team

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is offe­red on a tem­porary con­tract for an initial term of 2 years (exten­d­a­ble to a maxi­mum of 5 years) and is to be fil­led as soon as pos­si­ble. This is a full-time posi­tion. It is also avail­able as part-time employ­ment per request.

The salary cor­re­sponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity is cer­ti­fied as a "Family-Fri­endly Uni­ver­sity". We wel­come app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes regard­less of gen­der. We par­ti­cu­larly wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from women, dis­ab­led per­sons and eth­nic mino­rity groups, reco­gni­zing they are under­re­p­re­sen­ted across RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity. The princi­ples of fair and open com­pe­ti­tion apply and appoint­ments will be made on merit. RWTH Aachen is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion. For infor­ma­tion on the collec­tion of per­so­nal data pur­suant to Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR), please visit:

How to ap­ply:

For further details, please contact
Dr.-Ing. Talal Al-Samman
Tel.: +49 (0) 2418026871

For further information, please visit our website at:

Please send your application by January 31, 2020 to
Prof. Dr. Sandra Korte-Kerzel
Institut für Metallkunde und Materialphysik der RWTH Aachen
Kopernikusstr. 14
52074 Aachen

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.