PhD scholarship in KIT – Helmholtz Research School in Materials Science and Engineering


The Helmholtz Research School on “Integrated Materials Development for Novel High-Temperature Alloys – IMD” provides a structured educational program and a platform for a knowledge-based and research-oriented qualification for PhD students in the area of Materials Science and Engineering.

For the research period commencing in spring 2016, the research school invites applications for

6 PhD scholarships

(maximum duration for funding: 3 years). The following Research Areas are part of the Scientific Program:

  • Thermodynamic modeling of liquid and solid solution phases of directionally solidified eutectic alloys
  • Influence of processing conditions on microstructure and mechanical properties of directionally solidified eutectic alloys
  • Quantitative phase-field modeling of 3D eutectic micro­structure formation in the presence of a compression load
  • Residual stresses in directionally solidified eutectic alloys
  • Discrete dislocation dynamics simulation in two phase eutectic alloys
  • Analytical TEM analyses of matrix fiber interfaces, creep deformation and fracture mechanisms
  • Micromechanical finite element simulations of directionally solidified eutectic alloys

The research school provides PhD students with the oppor­tunity to contribute to the Research Field Energy within the Helmholtz mission. All scholars work jointly in a collabo­rative interdisciplinary team contributing to theo­retical basis and experimental realization in the deve­lopment of innovative high temperature alloys. The research school provides a specific modular Ph.D. training program that comprises scientific, technical and professional skills modules.

We expect an academic education with exceptional marks, a broad interest in international cooperation and commitment well beyond the field of your study. Good speaking and writing skills in English are essential; foreign students are also expected to develop their linguistic proficiency of German.

KIT strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position. With appropriate qualifications, applications from persons with handicaps will be treated with preference.

Applications should be received by December 31st, 2015; however, positions will remain open until suitable candi­dates have been identified. Only complete applications will be considered including CV, copy of university certificates and a statement which of the topics listed above would be of interest as well as a short outline of skills with respect to the topic of interest.

Please submit your application to: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials IAM­WK, Prof. Dr. Martin Heilmaier, Engelbert-Arnold-Str. 4, D-76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, or submit a PDF to

For additional information, see our homepage:

KIT – University of the State of Baden-Württemberg and
National Laboratory of the Helmholtz Association

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