In the Functional Materials group headed by Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch at the Institute of Materials Science at TU Darmstadt there is presumably a vacant position for a

Doctoral Researcher (all genders) – Toward Tetragonalisation of Bulk Fe-based Alloys with High Defect Population – 75%

with a fixed-term contract of 3 years within the CRC 1487 Iron, upgraded! (for details see: Starting date is asap.

The Corporate Research Center CRC 1487 (Sonderforschungsbereich) consists of multidisciplinary groups of the departments of Chemistry, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at TU Darmstadt as well as of researchers from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (GU), Universität Heidelberg (UHD), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU), Philipps-Universität Marburg (UMR) and Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion (MPI CEC).

The position is hosted by the internationally renowned group Functional Materials, which focusses on the development of novel multifunctional and resource-efficient materials. The group’s topics of interest range from permanent magnets to magnetocaloric materials and ferromagnetic shape-memory alloys to magnetic materials for biomedical application with focus on synthesis, characterization and modeling of the magnetic, thermal and (micro-)structural properties.

Your tasks within the project C03 of the CRC 1487: The main research question is whether it is possible to increase solubility of light interstitial elements for stabilizing tetragonal distortions in Fe-based alloys by using precursors with high defect density? You will study two approaches for preparing the precursors: (i) solid-gas reaction with absorption/desorption of hydrogen and ammonia; (ii) severe plastic deformation.

In addition, to support the experimental studies, input from DFT calculations will be used to identify the most promising alloying elements (e.g. Co, Cu) that enhance solubility of the interstitials thus enabling stabilization of higher c/a ratios. Your main goals will be to understand how and why the physical and chemical properties of iron are altered by the induced tetragonality. Moreover, which changes are caused solely by modified local crystalline environment due to breaking of the cubic symmetry, and which can be attributed to chemical bonding between the interstitial and surrounding iron atoms.

Your profile: We expect you to integrate into our interdisciplinary team and contribute actively to the overall progress of the CRC 1487’s objectives in close collaboration with your colleagues of the consortium while, at the same time, pursuing your own thesis highly motivated and self-reliantly.

Requirements are an excellent scientific university degree (master or comparable) in Materials Science, Physics or Chemistry, possibly with a focus on synthesis and characterization of magnetic materials as well as gas-solid reactions, and very good English competencies (fluent in spoken and written).

We offer the opportunity to participate in a key topic of research in the field of functional materials and excellent working conditions in an international team with integration into a scientific network of well-renowned experts of the chemistry and materials community.

TU Darmstadt offers a wide and interesting variety of tasks, self-reliant working as well as a widespread range of training and individual professional development options. A corporate health management as well as active support of the compatibility between family and working life are self-evident elements of TU Darmstadt’s policy. In addition, TU employees receive a LandesTicket Hessen for public transport and can use the offer to convert parts of their payment to partake in the "Job-Rad" Leasing model.

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).

Applications should refer to the number of this job offer and 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 your application to Dr. Imants Dirba, by e-mail to in a single pdf-file attached (5 MB max. size).

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Code No. 766

Published on

December 21, 2021

Application deadline

January 31, 2022