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Postdoc in micro-mechanics of surface failure with applications in tribology and micro-machining 935952

Postdoc in micro-mechanics of surface failure with applications in tribology and micro-machining 
Applications are invited for a 2 year postdoctoral position with a background in computational solid mechanics. The focus of the project will be on micromechanics of failure in materials surface with applications in tribology and micro-machining. This research opportunity broadly involves development of physics-based computational approaches and systematic simulations for understanding the process of surface failure under different loading condition (e.g. indenting, scratching and sliding contact) as a function of surface geometry and material properties at various scales, ranging from atomic to continuum. See also Aghababaei et al., (2017) PNAS, 114 and (2016) Nature Comm. 7.

The position is available from 1, January 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter.

An ideal candidate must have a strong background in computational mechanics, with a good knowledge of nonlinear solid mechanics and failure mechanisms, i.e. plasticity and fracture. Experience with molecular dynamics and finite element/discrete element simulations are required. Knowledge of tribology-related researches (i.e. friction and wear) will be a plus. The successful candidate is expected to conduct an ambitious research program and engage in the interdisciplinary research with local and international groups. Collaboration with industry will be seen as a natural part of the research activities. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possible one year extension depending on the performance.  
The Engineering Department,, within the faculty of science and technology (ST) Denmark promotes and develops Engineering research and education at Aarhus University. The Department undertakes engineering research and education within classical engineering disciplines (Mechanical, IT, civil and architectural, Chemical and biotechnology) in close collaboration with other departments at ST and the School of Engineering at ST. Department of Engineering offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment with many national and international collaborators in science and industry. Therefore, the Department seeks exceptional innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up to strengthen and develop the Mechanical Engineering section at Aarhus University. For further information, please contact the head of ME section, Prof. Henrik M. Jensen (

Educational qualifications
The applicant must hold a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Physics, or a related discipline and has strong written and communication skills and a demonstrated publication record. 

Application should contains a cover letter, describing how your experience and background meet the requirements for this position, CV and name and contact information of two references.
Place of employment and place of work
Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. 

Further information
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact assistant prof. Ramin Aghababaei ( for further information.

Application procedure
Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

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