The International Max Planck Research School for Sustainable Metallurgy (SusMet) offers

10 PhD positions (m/f/d) in Sustainable Metallurgy (Experiment & Simulation)

in full time for three years.

Computational and experimental projects available at the International Max Planck Research School SusMet in Germany at the partner institutes
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen

The IMPRS SusMet

Our structured, three-year doctoral program, conducted entirely in English, takes an intensive interdisciplinary approach and brings together scientists from across the globe in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region of Germany.
Metallurgy has provided humankind since more than five millennia with materials, tools and the associated progress. It is not only a huge engineering success story, but has also become the biggest single industrial environmental burden of our generation. Disruptive innovations are required for alternative reduction processes that convert mineral ores into metals without today’s carbon based methods that release huge amounts of CO2. SusMet focuses on the exploration of carbon-free sustainable metallurgy, employing hydrogen as reducing agent, direct electroreduction (electrolysis) and plasma synthesis.

Correlated experimental, ab initio and multi-scale simulation as well as machine leraning techniques is central to our mission:
  • Development and application of advanced simulation techniques to explore and identify the fundamental structures and mechanisms occurring in these materials and their synthesis over all relevant length scales (e.g. cutting-edge ab initio methods, atomistic simulation methods, multi-scale modelling, machine learning)
  • High resolution analysis, monitoring and modelling of chemistry, structure and transformations at the atomic scale of buried interfaces and defects by correlated experimental and simulation techniques in both space and time (e.g. correlated APT, TEM, FIM, EBIC, EBSD, XPS Kelvin probe microscopy, machine learning augmented analysis techniques)
  • Experimental and computational analysis of transport and the reaction of surfaces and particles with reducing and oxidizing gas-phase species (e.g. laser-based imaging diagnostics, setup of model reactors, modeling of underlying reactions, multiscale simulation of reactive fluids, computational fluid dynamics)
We particularly encourage applications from candidates with a computational background.

Your profile

Excellent master’s degree in materials science, physics, engineering or chemistry
Very good English knowledge

What we offer

  • Cutting-edge research in a dynamic work environment
  • Well-structured curriculum and close supervision of the PhD projects including regular status meetings
  • An international and open-minded community with outstanding opportunities for collaboration
  • At the Max Planck Institutes: TVöD 13 65%, about 34.000€ gross per year
    At the Universität Duisburg-Essen: TV-L 13 65%, about 34.000€ gross per year
    At the Ruhr-Universität Bochum: scholarship of 1.800€ net per month

special notices

Application deadline: 29.10.2023
Starting date: 01.01.2024 or individually later

Please apply online. We don't accept applications via post or e-mail.

The school offers funding, the application of students with own funding is also welcome.
The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.
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