The Ceramics group at the Department of Materials and Earth Science at TU Darmstadt is offering a

PhD Student Position - High temperature and high power capacitors based on Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3

with a fixed-term contract for 36 months.

The Ceramics group at the Department of Materials and Earth Science at TU Darmstadt focusses on the development of new electroceramics. This international group of about 20 researchers is one of the worldwide leaders in the development of lead-free piezoceramics.

For the BMBF (Ministry of Science and Education)-funded Ph.D. student position we are looking for a talented and highly motivated person who is interested in investigating and developing ceramic material for capacitor applications under extreme conditions. New requirements from the aviation/automotive industry and for obtaining energy from renewable sources demand new and more robust capacitor material.

Your profile:

Essential requirements:

  • Excellent scientific degree (Master Degree or comparable) in Materials science, Chemistry or Physics
  • Strong interest in scientific research and above-average motivation to manage the Ph.D. project
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English

Desired skills:

  • Strong academic background in one or more of the following subjects: solid-state physics/chemistry, crystallography, functional materials
  • Prior experience or Master thesis in a related topic/field of research
  • Hands-on experience* in one or more of the following topics: synthesis of bulk functional ceramics, tape casting, complex impedance spectroscopy, basic dielectric, and ferroelectric characterization
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated ability for independent scientific research.

* Please list these in your resume only if you are directly involved in the experimentation. Assistance from a technician/assistant does not count as hands-on experience.

Your tasks:

The project involves experimental work and you will be responsible for the synthesis of the ceramic materials including tape casting of ceramic multilayers, detailed electrical analysis involving impedance spectroscopy, degradation studies, and advanced electromechanical characterization. The results will be evaluated together with partners from industry. Besides, you will also work in close collaboration with leading research groups (at TU Darmstadt and abroad) on modeling and synthesis of functional materials.

We are a multi-cultural workgroup that includes experts in material processing, new material development, mechanical properties of ceramics, defect chemistry and in-situ diffraction.

Opportunity for further qualification (doctoral dissertation) is given. The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

Applications should include a detailed resume that also mentions subjects you have studied in the Master course with grades obtained and a list of publications (if any) in peer-reviewed journals.

Please send applications to:

Code No. 64

Published on

February 06, 2020

Application deadline

March 31, 2020