01/10/2020

PhD in experimental Tribology


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/01/2021 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Czech Republic › Prague
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Applications are invited for one Ph.D. position in Applied Physics within the Advanced Material Group (AMG) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. As a team member of our group, the candidate is expected to undertake leading research focused on the design and application of 2D layered materials based on transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). Key areas of research include TMD based coatings, hard coatings (i.e., Diamond-Like Carbon – DLC), and their tribological behavior. Candidates have some freedom in adjusting the Ph.D. program to suit their expertise.

Description of the group: 
The AMG, led by Prof. Tomas Polcar, is a well-established group that pioneers solid lubrication, particularly the structural design of self-adaptive coatings. Both the experimental and computational subgroups continue to grow, consisting of young and motivated researchers working on various interconnected topics. The experimental cohort covers topics including physical and chemical deposition methods, surface characterization, and high-temperature tribology, while the computational approaches range from ab initio electronic structure calculations to massive classical molecular dynamics simulations. Ultimately, this research leads to the development of coatings with unique optical, mechanical, or tribological properties suitable for use in industry.

Objectives: The experimental Ph.D. will involve the tribological characterization and optimization of the coatings in different sliding environments (i.e., vacuum, air, different moisture level, and contaminants). Results obtained on the macroscopic scale will be complemented by the tribological characterization of the produced wear tracks with the atomic force microscope (AFM). Across the scale mapping of the coatings, tribological properties will provide practical guidelines for the optimization of coatings design in order to achieve minimal friction. Finally, the candidate is encouraged to cooperate with the colleagues from the simulation section of the group in order to develop models (i.e., finite element models), which will be able to predict coatings behavior depending on the experimental input conditions.

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Selection process

The accepted candidate will be enrolled in the Applied Physics study program; hence, good knowledge of physics is mandatory. The first interview will consist of two parts: the candidate's presentation focused on the previous research experience and interests and physics knowledge of the candidate (which will be checked by the interview panel). Finally, candidates will have a second interview with the panel of the Czech Technical University, who will confirm the candidate.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

 Successful candidates must have an MSc in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a closely related discipline. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a solid background in physical chemistry/physics. Good knowledge of English, both written and oral, is compulsory.

Specific Requirements

The accepted candidate will be enrolled in the Applied Physics study program; hence, good knowledge of physics is mandatory. The first interview will consist of two parts: the candidate's presentation focused on the previous research experience and interests and physics knowledge of the candidate (which will be checked by the interview panel). Finally, candidates will have a second interview with the panel of the Czech Technical University, who will confirm the candidate.

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Czech Technical University in Prague
Czech Republic
Prague
121 35
Karlovo namesti 293/13

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