We are looking for a PhD student to work on the multiscale simulation of hydrogen-induced embrittlement (HE) of steels. This research will be jointly supervised by Dr. Mauricio Rincon Bonilla from the Basque Center for Applied mathematics (BCAM) and Dr. Iban Quintana from Tekniker.
HE is connected to the fast diffusion of hydrogen atoms through the solid material lattice, often by quantum mechanical tunnelling (even at room temperature) followed by interaction with crystal defects, such as vacancies, dislocations, and grain boundaries. Despite great efforts, this process is still poorly understood. Moreover, the in-silico analysis of realistic, multicomponent steel specimens remains a great computational challenge.
The student will combine micromechanical and structural characterization techniques to study the behaviour of hydrogen-charged steels prepared at Tekniker. He/she will combine these analyses with hydrogen diffusion simulations developed and performed at BCAM. With this information, we aim to propose strategies for the development of new steels, heat treatments or coatings against HE.
Modelling activities will initially focus on the atomistic scale, combining quantum mechanical methods, molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo schemes. The insights obtained from these studies will be incorporated into a multiscale framework to allow direct comparison with macroscopic experiments, as well as the parameterization of continuous phase field or finite elements models
PI in charge: Dr. Mauricio Rincón Bonilla (BCAM) Dr. Iban Quintana (Tekniker)
Salary and conditions: The gross annual salary of the Studentship will be of €18,450 gross annual for the first 3 years and of €22,730 on the fourth year, subject to review. It will then be on his/her responsibility to make a yearly income declaration at the Treasury Agency. Free access to the Public Health System in Spain is provided to all employees
Contract and offer: 4 years
Deadline: 31st August 2022 at 14:00h CET
How to apply: Applications must be submitted on-line at: http://www.bcamath.org/en/research/job
The candidates that do not fulfil the mandatory requirements will not be evaluated with respect to their scientific profile. Additional documents could be requested during the evaluation process to check this fulfilment.
Skills and track-record:
The preferred candidate will have:
Evaluation: Based on the provided application documents of each candidate, the evaluation committee will evaluate qualitatively: (i) the fit of the previous training and career to the offered profile, (ii) the recommendation letters, the main results achieved (papers, proceedings, etc.), (iii) the statement of past and proposed future research and other merits; taking in account the alignment of these items to the topic offered.
Incorporation September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter
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