PhD Position in Modern Diffraction Methods for Thermo Mechanical Processes (GS-2018002)


We have up to two PhD positions available in the area Modern Diffraction Methods for the Investigation of Thermo-Mechanical Processes (ThermoMech.Pro). 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 metallic and related materials upon thermal, mechanical and thermo-mechanical processing, investigated by modern 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 in their capabilities to study materials in a wide sense and will be applied to the understanding of the thermal and deformation behavior of metals and related materials, especially under in-situ conditions. The applications range from the fundamental understanding of physics of their structural evolution to applications in materials and processing design. Items of fundamental interest are the occurrence, kinetics, correlations and mechanism of structural transformations such as phase transformations, deformation systems, grain growth and refinement, recrystallization, recovery, all static and dynamic. Applications settle in the design and life span of intermetallics, steels, light metals in ideal form and composites. Excellence will be established in advanced and novel data analysis and extraction of results. We work in a collaborative international environment.



Metallurgy; plastic deformation; slip; twinning; martensitic transformation; phase transformation; recovery; recrystallization; dislocations; crystal perfection; light metals; steels; intermetallics; 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.


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 interest to work temporarily at large-scale research facilities in China, Europe, United States, Japan or Australia (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