PhD Position in Time Response to Materials Stimulus at GTIIT, China/ Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (GS-2018003)



We are seeking candidates for a PhD position available in the area of Time Response to Materials Stimulus. The Material Science and Engineering Program, within the group of Prof Klaus-Dieter Liss, is looking for enthusiastic, motivated and competent scientists to conduct experimental research projects in the advance of understanding time-resolved structural response of materials to external stimulation, investigated by modern diffraction or spectroscopic techniques of synchrotron and neutron radiation, and complementary studies. Contract duration: 3 + 1 years.


PhD Project Details:

Quantum beam sources, comprising synchrotron and neutron radiation have tremendously evolved n their capabilities to study materials in a wide sense and will be applied to the understanding of time-resolved response when a material is excited by external stimulus, such as high-frequency oscillations, switching electro-magnetic fields, thermal shock or other pump-probe technique. Scientific leading output on the materials is envisaged encompassing emerging and novel time-resolved techniques. Complementarity of different quantum beams and methods shall be exploited in order to achieve comprehensive scientific results. From a literature review and technical feasibility in-house and at large-user facilities (synchrotrons, neutron sources), the candidate selects adequate materials research problems and experimental setups. Complementary time averaged quantum beam scattering studies enhance the capabilities necessary for the materials characterization and in-depth evaluation of diffraction data. Time responses can lie in the sub-millisecond to sub-nanosecond domain. There exists a wide span of materials problems, such as high-cycle fatigue in ultrasonic fields, multi-ferroic relaxation, ultrafast temperature changes, electro-magnetic switching, laser pulse impact etc. Materials can be both structural and functional materials.



ultra-short time resolved; relaxation; response; ultrasonics; phonons; structural materials; functional materials; extreme conditions; advanced diffraction techniques; in-situ studies; real-time studies; advanced data analysis; computing and automation; scattering theories; diffraction theories; neutron scattering; synchrotron radiation; free-electron laser.


Selection Criteria:

- Master degree (or equivalent) in Physics or Material Science (essential)

- Strong background in condensed matter physics (preferable)

- Strong interest in materials science theories (essential)

- Strong computing skills, including programming, scripting (essential) linux (preferable)

- Strong experimental and electronics skills (essential)

- High degree of innovation and drive to the project (essential)

- Strong interest to work temporarily at large-scale research facilities in China, Europe, United States, Japan or Australia, and in collaborating labs (essential)

- Strong interest in exact work and artistic presentation (essential)

- Good command of English (essential)

- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment (essential)

- Ability to author scientific reports and co-author scientific publications (essential)

- Willingness to participate in other research projects (essential)

- The PhD candidate must fulfill the requirements for admission to the Technion Graduate School and needs to comply with its regulations leading to the PhD degree: http://www.graduate.technion.ac.il/Eng/Prospective_students/Prospective_students_main_page.asp



- Scholarship: US$20,000 / year

- Subsidized housing at GTIIT, China and Technion, Israel campus

- Health insurance: regular cover for Chinese citizens or private health insurance for foreigners

- Professional conference travel allowance



- Application deadline: open until filled

- Send below required documents electronically to: Klaus‑Dieter.Liss@gtiit.edu.cn

-    Curriculum vitae and make short statements on your declaration of intent and how your application matches the above given selection criteria

-    Two letters of recommendation (one from the thesis advisor for the Master’s degree)

-    Degree certificates with certified English translation for both the undergraduate and master’s degrees

-    Official transcripts with certified English translation including marks for all individual modules/courses of each of the degrees and GPA as well

-    Applicants who have not yet completed their studies will send the most updated transcript.

-    A ranking is to be submitted by candidates who have not graduated if applicable (A ranking is their place in their class)

-    GRE general exam scores





Prof Klaus‑Dieter Liss

Phone: +86-0754-88077102

Email: Klaus‑Dieter.Liss@gtiit.edu.cn






Address: 241 Daxue Road, Jinping District, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China