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Postdoc in Materials Science

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production, a position as postdoc in Materials Science is open for appointment from 15.08.2020 or soon thereafter. The position is available for a period of 2 years. The mission of the Department of Materials and Production at Aalborg University is to meet the future's demand for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials' applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups ranging from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities cover physics, materials, mechanics, production technique, industrial management and innovation. Learn more about us at https://www.mp.aau.dk/

Job description

The postdoc will be part of the physics group and the research is focused on development and materials characterization of PVD-fabricated thin film metal coatings using SEM, EDS, XRD, AFM, surface tribology and wear testing as well as other techniques. The goal of the research project is to develop new hard metal-based coatings used for wear and corrosion protection and to understand the detailed properties. We will investigate and correlate macroscopic parameters (e.g., wear, hardness) with the micro- and nanoscale properties of the films (e.g. film crystallinity, morphology) to provide a complete understanding of the coating synchronous with the development. Most of the fabrication and development of the coatings will be done at and by a Danish company, the materials characterization will be done at Aalborg University and further testing will be done in collaboration with international industrial partners.

The candidate must have a strong background in experimental physics, materials engineering or equivalent. Good technical skills and experience with some of the techniques involved is required.  

Limited teaching within the area or other study programmes at the University can be expected.

You may obtain further professional information from associate professor Lars Diekhöner, +45 99409217, ld@mp.aau.dk . Please feel free to ask for further information concerning the scientific aspects of the position.

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.
  • References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact HR-Partner Lise Søndergård Jacobsen by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 9567. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

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