PhD position Cracking Behavior and Formability of ZnAlMg Coatings (1.0 fte)

University of Groningen

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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The PhD position is available in the Advanced Production Engineering (APE) group at the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG), Faculty of Science and Engineering. For more information about the APE group please use the following link:

Job description
Topic of research: Cracking Behavior and Formability of ZnAlMg Coatings

The STW HTM research project “Cracking Behavior and Formability of ZnAlMg Coatings” is driven by the desire of the steel industry and its countless end-users to improve the formability of novel ZnAlMg coating coated steels. These are among the most promising steels in terms of their corrosion resistance and high strength; however their widespread application is limited by formability issues. This project will remove these barriers by providing an in-depth understanding of how the cracking behavior of ZnAlMg coatings is influenced by the hot-dip galvanization process, the chemical composition and the microstructure of the coatings. The formability problem of novel ZnAlMg coated next generation steels will be solved by optimizing the coating structure design and tailored alloying composition to deliver cracking-resistant microstructure.

Candidates should have an MSc degree in materials science and engineering. A strong background in metallurgy, galvanization, and transmission electron microscopy will be a clear advantage. The successful candidate is expected to have an excellent academic record and is curious, creative and ambitious. You should be able to work in a multidisciplinary environment in close cooperation with other experts and be fluent in English (both oral and written). The detailed qualification of English skills is referred as the following:

- an overall score of 6.5 or higher in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS, academic version) or
- a score of at least 237 on the computer-based form of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or
- a score of at least 92 on the internet-based test of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 48 months.
The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,191 gross per month in the first year (salary scale PhD's Dutch Universities), up to a maximum of € 2,801 gross per month in the final year, based on a full-time position, excluding a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and a 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The position requires residence in Groningen and must result in a PhD thesis within the 4-year contract period. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected. The preferred starting date is 1 October 2017. Application You may apply for this position until 15 June 2017 / before 16 June 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications for the position should include: • a letter of motivation • curriculum vitae • a list of publications (if any), transcript of master and bachelor degrees • contact information of two academic referees. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 2801.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Prof. Y.T. Pei
+31 50-3632037,

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 217185

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