Postdoc in the field of interface mechanics and adhesion

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 Jul 2024

13 Apr 2024
Job Information
Organisation/Company

Empa
Research Field

Chemistry » Other
Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Engineering » Other
Physics » Other
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
Country

Switzerland
Application Deadline

11 Jul 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Temporary
Job Status

Full-time
Hours Per Week

38
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

No

Offer Description

Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.

The Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures explores novel thin film depostion strategies for interface engineering and probes the mechanical properties of small scale structures and interfaces. We are looking for a postdoc motivated to contribute to the development of programmable metal-polymer interfaces and explore different possibilities for changing adhesion in response to external triggers. As part of an internal collaboration, the researcher is responsible for the fabrication and characterization of model interfaces with incorporated trigger mechanisms, followed by quantitative adhesion analysis to validate trigger efficiency. Upon mutual interest the responsibilities will be extended to adhesion measurements in-situ during trigger exposure, the exploration of alternative trigger mechanisms and application cases.

Postdoc in the field of interface mechanics and adhesion

Your tasks

  • Plan and conduct experiments to modify the adhesion of metal-polymer interfaces
  • Interface fabrication using various deposition techniques, notably atomic layer deposition and magnetron sputtering
  • Characterization of interfaces by microscopy techniques, adhesion testing and interpretation of results
  • Publish high-quality scientific publications as well as work in close collaboration with industrial and academic partners from Europe
  • Supervision of undergraduate and PhD students
  • Contribution to proposal writing

Your profile

  • PhD degree in material science, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering or related fields
  • Experience in thin film deposition and experimental interface mechanics and characterization is desirable
  • Interest in sustainable materials development with a potential for industrial implementation
  • Fluency in English (written and oral) is a pre-condition, knowledge of German is an asset
  • Self-motivated, critical-thinking, open-minded and communicative, with a strong interest to work in an interdisciplinary research environment

Our offer
We offer an international, highly stimulating research environment with excellent infrastructure for personal and professional development. The laboratory is equipped with state of the art equipment including a complete cleanroom processing line for lithography, state of the art thin film deposition facilities, high level of materials analysis facilities, and in situ micromechanical instrumentation. You will be working at Empa in Thun (near Bern). The city is situated in a beautiful area near the mountains in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The starting date is as soon as possible or upon mutual agreement. The project duration is 1 year.

We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities - that's what counts.

We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, diplomas and contact details of two reference persons. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.


Requirements
Research Field
Chemistry
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Engineering
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Engineering
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Research Field
Physics
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

Additional Information
Website for additional job details

https://academicpositions.com

Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
Empa
Country
Switzerland
City
Dübendorf
Postal Code
8600
Street
Ueberlandstrasse 129
Geofield


Where to apply
Website

https://academicpositions.com/ad/empa/2024/postdoc-in-the-field-of-interface-me…

Contact
City

Zurich
Website

http://www.empa.ch/plugin/template/empa/3/*/---/l=2
Postal Code

CH-8600

STATUS: EXPIRED

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