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PhD Scholarship In-situ Martensite Formation in Iron-Based Alloys

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: 16th September 2020
Closes: 2nd October 2020

As part of the SOLID Centre of Excellence (, we are offering a PhD scholarship dedicated to the experimental investigation of martensite formation in conventionally and additively manufactured iron-based alloys at sub-zero Celsius temperature. The project will combine in-situ synchrotron and neutron imaging and diffraction techniques to track the formation of martensite from austenite, as well as the associated residual stresses in the phases during cooling and heating in the sub-zero Celsius temperature regime. Uniquely, the project aims to reveal the internal structure in martensite/austenite directly using dark field x-ray microscopy.  

The position will be located in DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Section for Materials and Surface Engineering, which performs research in the field of materials science and engineering involving theoretical, experimental and numerical approaches. The research is multi-disciplinary and involves 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.   

Responsibilities and tasks  

The PhD will be working on the synthesis and microstructure characterization of iron-based alloys (steels) at large scale synchrotron- and neutron facilities. Correspondingly, travel to these large scale facilities and the ensuring data analysis and evaluation will be important aspects of the project. She/he will be working in the international, multidisciplinary environment of SOLID ( and co-supervised by scientists with affiliations in the Mechanical Engineering and Physics Departments at DTU. 


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 specifically interested in applicants with a metallurgical background, or experience in characterizing microstructure using advanced synchrotron X-ray and/or neutron diffraction techniques.   

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.  


To apply, please read the full job advertisement at  

Application deadline: 2 October 2020.  

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons. 

Technology for people 

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 12,000 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 and in Sisimiut in Greenland. 

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