PhD student in Materials Science

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Jun 2024

23 May 2024
Job Information

Linköping University
Research Field

Physics » Other
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

16 Jun 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Reference Number

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

We have the power of over 40,000 students and co-workers. Students who provide hope for the future. Co-workers who contribute to Linköping University meeting the challenges of the day. Our fundamental values rest on credibility, trust and security. By having the courage to think freely and innovate, our actions together, large and small, contribute to a better world. We look forward to receiving your application!

Your work assignments

Within the competence center NEXT, we are looking for a PhD student at Linköping University (LiU) in the field of materials science who is interested in working with the innovative characterization methods enabled by large-scale synchrotron and neutron facilities. Supplementary work will be carried out in laboratories at LiU.

The NEXT Competence Center has 24 partners from academia, research institutes, companies and infrastructures to jointly work within research on innovative materials engineering solutions for current industrial sustainability challenges, for instance, research related to electrification of the transport sector, sustainable manufacturing via additive manufacturing (3D printing) and development of experimental methodology and analysis for effective evaluation of advanced high-throughput experiments. More information about the Competence Center NEXT can be found here:

In this specific project, you will study hard, wear resistant coatings that are used on tools for metal cutting. You will use x-ray-based methods such as high-energy x-ray diffraction to study the coatings in real-time as they are used for metal cutting. You will also use techniques such as electron microscopy and lab-scale x-ray diffraction to study wear and microstructural changes. The aim is to form a detailed understanding of the material behavior in the contact zone between the tool and the chip and how this relates to different wear mechanisms.

As a PhD student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

Your qualifications

You have graduated at Master’s level in Physics, Materials Science, or Materials Chemistry or completed courses with a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be in advanced courses in Physics, Materials Science, or Materials Chemistry. Alternatively, you have gained essentially corresponding knowledge in another way.

You speak and write English fluently.

Experience in hard coatings, x-ray diffraction and/or the use of synchrotron radiation is considered a merit.

You do not need to supply a letter of intent with your application.

Your workplace

The Nanostructured Materials division at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology carries out research, undergraduate and postgraduate education within Materials Science. More information about Nanostructured Materials can be found here: .

The employment

When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at Doctoral studies at Linköping University

The employment has a duration of four years’ full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date by agreement.


Salary and employment benefits

The salary of PhD students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives

Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants .

Application procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than the 17th of June 2024.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

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We look forward to receiving your application!

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Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


Research Field
Physics » Other
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Additional Information
Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Linköping University
Postal Code
IFM, Linköping University

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IFM, Linköping University
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