Postdoctoral Research Position at the Laboratory of Mechanical Metallurgy, Institute of Materials

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EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs more than 6,500 people supporting the three main missions of the institution: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of more than 17,000 people, including over 12,500 students and 4,000 researchers from more than 120 different countries.
Your mission :

Contribute, together with a team of three doctoral candidates and another post-doctoral researcher, to the advancement of a large-scale project (Swiss equivalent to an ERC Advanced Grant) that started in September 2022 with a duration of 5 years. The aim is to explore and develop the potential held by electromagnetic forces in harnessing metallic melt flow and solidification towards innovations in the 3D printing of aluminum and its alloys. More information about the project can be found on <


Main duties and responsibilities include :
Main duties will be related to the research project; this will include autonomous research together with co-supervision of doctoral candidates, experiment design and implementation together with the writing and submission of research articles. Duties will also include participation in teaching, notably in the form of supervision of student semester projects or the teaching of practicals (“travaux pratiques”), in the promotion of materials science to high school students and in the organizational and operational life of the laboratory.

Your profile :

Applicants are expected to be nearing the end of their PhD degree or to have earned their PhD within four years of October 2024, with a top-level academic education and a proven track record in conducting and publishing outstanding research in the field of physical metallurgy. Skills of direct interest include a strong command of the following: metallurgical processing, microstructural characterization and the mechanical behavior of metallic materials with a particular interest on aluminum alloys. Additionally, expertise in, or the capability and eagerness to learn, the following is expected:

- solidification theory;
- magnetohydrodynamics (and electromagnetism);
- capillarity;
- transport phenomena.

The working language at EPFL is English (fluency in both oral and written expression are essential). Although proficiency in French is not mandatory, it is desirable notably for teaching-related activities. The motivation and ability to excel in science and teaching are essential.

We offer :
An opportunity and support to develop a scientific or industrial career in an exciting area of research, at one of the world’s top institutes of technology, located next to Lake Geneva in a beautiful setting near the city of Lausanne, with excellent living conditions and competitive renumeration.

Start date :
Preferably on September or October 2024

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
1 year, with potential for extension

Contact :

Applicants are expected to in the final stage of completing their PhD degree or to have earned their PhD within four years of October 2024. The application packages must include: (1) a cover letter with a statement of motivation, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a list of publications, (4) transcripts from all years of university study, and (5) the names and addresses (but not letters) of at least three academic referees.

Contact: for further information please contact Dr Julie Gheysen [email protected] and/or Prof. Andreas Mortensen [email protected]

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered. Files sent by agencies without a mandate will not be taken into account.

Reference :
Job Nb 3289

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