Post-doc Atomistic Modelling of Hydrogen Embrittlement in Steels


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Job description

For the DeHy project awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on hydrogen embrittlement of steels, a post-doc position for the period of one year is available. In this project, University of Groningen and the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with TU Delft, are partnering to unravel the fundamental origin of hydrogen embrittlement by a multi-scale modelling approach. The focus of this position is the atomistic modelling of crack propagation in steels in presence of hydrogen, including the development of a quantum-accurate interatomic potential to study crack propagation and hydrogen embrittlement.

The successful candidate will be co-supervised by dr. Francesco Maresca from the Computational Mechanical and Materials Engineering (CMME) unit of the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG); by Prof. Erik van der Giessen from the Micromechanics unit of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials; and by Prof. Gabor Csanyi from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge

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Talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent analytical and communication skills are encouraged to apply. A PhD degree (or equivalent) in Computational Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Computational Materials Science or a related discipline is required, with experience in atomistic modelling of materials, machine learning methods, and linear elastic fracture mechanics. Experience in molecular dynamics, density functional theory, machine learning and solid mechanics is important, as well as a strong interest in materials science application and hydrogen embrittlement.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary of € 3,557 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 4,670 gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time position and dependent on qualification and work experience
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees
- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

The successful candidate will be employed for 1 year, starting as soon as possible.

Job Application

Do you meet the qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

- a letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
- a curriculum vitae
- a list of publications
- the email address of at least two references for support letters.

You may apply for this position until 11 June 11:59pm / before 12 June 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr Francesco Maresca (for questions regarding the project)

Friso Salverda, HR Advisor (for questions regarding the submission procedure)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0344

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