Post-doc Atomistic Modelling of Hydrogen Embrittlement in Steels

Post-doc Atomistic Modelling of Hydrogen Embrittlement in Steels

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15 May 11 Jun Groningen

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Job description

For the DeHy project awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on hydrogen embrittlement of steels, a post-doc position for the period of one year is available. In this project, University of Groningen and the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with TU Delft, are partnering to unravel the fundamental origin of hydrogen embrittlement by a multi-scale modelling approach. The focus of this position is the atomistic modelling of crack propagation in steels in presence of hydrogen, including the development of a quantum-accurate interatomic potential to study crack propagation and hydrogen embrittlement.

The successful candidate will be co-supervised by dr. Francesco Maresca from the Computational Mechanical and Materials Engineering (CMME) unit of the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG); by Prof. Erik van der Giessen from the Micromechanics unit of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials; and by Prof. Gabor Csanyi from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programs and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge.


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Talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent analytical and communication skills are encouraged to apply. A PhD degree (or equivalent) in Computational Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Computational Materials Science or a related discipline is required, with experience in atomistic modelling of materials, machine learning methods, and linear elastic fracture mechanics. Experience in molecular dynamics, density functional theory, machine learning and solid mechanics is important, as well as a strong interest in materials science application and hydrogen embrittlement.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 months.

We offer you, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary of € 3,557 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 4,670 gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time position and dependent on qualification and work experience
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees
- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

The successful candidate will be employed for 1 year, starting as soon as possible.


  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • V23.0344


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