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PhD Student (index no. 4603-00)


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PhD Student (index no. 4603-00)

Application Deadline: 29/03/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels

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Company Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen
  • WEBSITE https://www.psi.ch/en/pa/job-opportunities/32475-phd-student
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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen
  • ORGANISATION TYPE Public Research Institution
  • WEBSITE http://www.psi.ch/psi-home
  • COUNTRY Switzerland
  • CITY Villigen PSI
  • POSTAL CODE 5232
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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY Paul Scherrer Institut Villigen
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE 29/03/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION Switzerland › Villigen PSI
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT Temporary
  • JOB STATUS Full-time
  • The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore, about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether, PSI employs 2100 people.

    The structural integrity group investigates the influence of material ageing phenomena on the lifetime and structural integrity of (nuclear) power plant components. In order to strengthen our corrosion activities we are looking for a

    PhD Student

    Brittle fracture toughness behavior of an unirradiated and irradiated inhomogeneous RPV steel using small specimen test techniques

    Your tasks

  • PhD thesis on the fracture behavior in the ductile to brittle transition region of irradiated and inhomogeneous ferritic steels
  • Development of non-standard miniaturized fracture specimens to measure toughness
  • Creation of a large experimental toughness database to assess the conjugate effects of irradiation, specimen size, and material inhomogeneity
  • Development of statistical models to describe the database and to account for all the critical parameters
  • Modeling of specimen size effect on measured toughness with finite element simulations
  • Fractographic observations
  • Supervision of master and semester students and internships
  • Publication of results in scientific journals and at international conferences
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    We offer

    Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

    The work will be carried out in the Laboratory for Nuclear Materials at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen and the PhD degree will be awarded by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne with Prof. Dr. P. Spätig as thesis director.

    Additional comments

    For further information, please contact Philippe Spätig, phone +41 56 310 29 34, e-mail: philippe.spatig@psi.ch

    Please submit your application online by 29 March 2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 4603-00).

    Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Nicole Schubert, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland, www.psi.ch


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    You hold a Master degree in Materials Science or in Physics and have a solid background in metallurgy. Practical experience in material testing and metallographic characterization and very good communication skills in English are also required. A German working knowledge would be an asset.

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