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PhD Scholarship in Medium and High Entropy Alloys with Tailored Strength and Ductility

Technical University of Denmark - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Lyngby - Denmark
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd December 2019
Closes: 5th January 2020

The Section for Materials and Surface Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) performs research in the field of materials science and engineering involving theoretical, experimental and numerical approaches. The research is multi-disciplinary and includes aspects of physics, mechanics, chemistry and manufacturing technology. The Section works on three broad themes: materials design and surface engineering, microstructure evolution and phase transformations, materials performance and degradation.

We invite applications for a 3-year PhD position in the field of medium and high entropy alloys to work on a project, where the goal is to produce alloys with tailored combinations of strength and ductility. The position is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, with the PhD scholarship starting in spring 2020. 

Responsibilities and tasks

As a PhD student you will conduct practical experimental work and modelling. The experimental work will include casting, thermomechanical treatments, mechanical testing and microstructure characterization using electron microscopy and synchrotron experiments. You will be responsible for conducting these experiments and making correlations between the measured microstructural parameters and the mechanical behavior of your alloys. The experimental investigations will be accompanied by crystal plasticity modelling to understand the interplay between dislocation slip and mechanical twinning. You will use the knowledge obtained to optimize mechanical properties. 


Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

We are interested in applicants with a strong background in metallurgy and crystallography, who have knowledge of electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and mechanical testing. The applicants should be able to carefully plan and conduct experiments. Experience in computer programming and data analysis is an advantage. Excellent communication skills in English (both writing and speaking) are essential. 

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Oleg Mishin, tel.: +45 4525 2267. 

You can read more about Department of Mechanical Engineering at 


To apply, please read the full job advertisement at 

Application deadline: 5 January 2020 

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup.

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