European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

PhD Student on ID03 in the Structure of Materials group

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The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France.

Through its innovative engineering, pioneering scientific vision and a strong commitment from its 700 staff members, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research facilities worldwide. Its particle accelerator produces intense X-ray beams that are used by thousands of scientists each year for experiments in diverse fields such as biology, medicine, environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials science, and physics.

Supported by 21 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity. 

Thesis subject: Advanced 3D Characterization of Deformed and Recrystallized Microstructures in Highly Strained Metals As a PhD student, you will play a crucial role in the investigation of the connection between deformation and annealing microstructures in metals, addressing the challenge of mapping deformed and recrystallized microstructures in 3D at industrial deformation levels. This project, co-financed by the ERC Starting Grant Project "D-REX," aims to utilize advanced X-ray microscopy techniques at the ID03 beamline of the ESRF to study dislocation structures, subgrain evolution, and recrystallization in highly strained metals. You will be enrolled at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and spend approximately your time at ESRF and at DTU.

Responsibilities include:

- Conducting experiments using Dark Field X-ray Microscopy (DFXM) and 3DXRD to map deformed grains and track subgrain evolution during deformation.

- Performing high-resolution 3D mapping of deformation structures in metals such as Fe-3%Si alloy and commercially pure nickel.

- Analyzing strain states at different deformation levels and identifying the evolution of deformation structures.

- Carrying out annealing experiments to capture the onset of nucleation in terms of strain and stored energy.

- Integrating experimental data with computational simulations to validate and compare findings. 

You are enthusiastic about X-ray imaging, physical metallurgy, and scientific computing. You thrive in collaborative environments, possess strong problem-solving skills, and demonstrate the ability to work both efficiently and independently.

To be considered for this position, you should possess the following qualifications:

- A Master's degree in physics, materials science, or a related field.

- Experience in experimental X-ray techniques and programming.

- Demonstrated interest in materials science and deformation analysis.

- Ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team and facility users.

- Proficiency in English

The salary will be calculated on the basis of relevant qualifications and professional experience.

Do you recognize yourself in this description? Apply now for your next professional adventure!

What we offer:

- Join an innovative international research institute, with a workforce from 38 different countries

- Collaborate with global experts to advance science and address societal challenges

- Come and live in a vibrant city, in the heart of the Alps, and Europe's Green Capital 2022

- Enjoy a workplace designed to support your quality of life

- Benefit from our competitive compensation and allowances package, including financial support for your relocation to Grenoble For further information on employment terms and conditions, please refer to

The ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from disabled persons.


PhD Student on ID03 in the Structure of Materials group
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The ESRF is an X-ray light source for Europe. It is located in Grenoble, France, and supported and shared by 20 countries.

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