PhD position in tribology of metal cutting

Updated: 2 days ago
Deadline: 06 Oct 2021

In this project at the division of Materials and Manufacture  you will work closely with experts in automotive industries and tooling business. Your research will have a clear impact on quality, productivity and sustainability.

Project description
This research project is tightly linked with the Chalmers Centre for Metal Cutting Research (MCR) and will be performed in division of Materials and Manufacture. You will work closely with researchers in academia and experts in industry to develop a generic physics-based platform for modelling and simulation of tool wear in machining of steels. This platform benefits from combined semi-analytical and FE-based methods for the estimation of thermo-mechanical loads on the tool as well as DFT/MD and CALPHAD simulations to obtain the material inputs for tool wear estimation. The goal of this simulation-based platform is to enable the optimization and adaptation of machining processes to batch-to-batch material variations. Hence, thorough understanding of complex interactions between the tool materials and micro-constituents within the workpiece materials during machining processes is vital. The focus of this PhD project is on detailed characterisation of workpiece materials and worn tool surfaces to determine the underlying tribological mechanisms and to develop physics-based models based on those observations.

Department of Industrial and Materials Science
The main competencies at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Material | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process, from need to finished product while creating added value. To combine skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks.

The division of Materials and Manufacture is a part of the Department of Industrial and Materials Science. The division covers the entire value chain from materials design, processing, characterization to machining of primarily metals. We employ a range of technologies  - powder metallurgy, electroplating, additive manufacturing and material removal  - and a range of advanced characterization techniques. Our work is interdisciplinary by nature and is addressing topics that have a direct impact on sustainability. The division is collaborating closely with other universities and research institutes and is implementing industry-academia partnerships through collaborative projects and strategic initiatives such as the National Competence Centre for Additive Manufacturing  - Metal (CAM2) and the Chalmers Centre for Metal Cutting Research (MCR).

Major responsibilities
Your main responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your doctoral studies within the framework of the outlined research project. You are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in written form. You are also expected to take initiatives and engage in computational phase and support the research team in modelling and simulation activities. In addition, the position includes 10% departmental work, mostly as a teaching assistant in Chalmers' undergraduate and masters-level courses.

Contract terms
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

The successful candidate must have:
(1) Master’s level degree in either Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing.
(2) High motivation, and an analytical and problem-solving personality, and strong interest or previous experience in machining and material characterisation.
(3) Excellent team-working and communication skills.
(4) Good English communication skills, both orally as well as written.
(5) Ability to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of the project.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg .
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20210228 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV:(Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 10 June, 2021

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Amir Malakizadi, Materials and Manufacture, +46317726377

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