PhD posistion in the field of Non-Destructive Defect Localization

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) is a methodologically oriented Fraunhofer Institute in the material sciences and materials engineering disciplines. The work of the Fraunhofer IMWS is aimed at identifying defects and weakpoints in materials, components and systems on the micro- and nanoscale, to clarify their cause and to offer clients solutions based on the outcomes. 

For our Team »Non-Destructive Defect Localization« we offer you as research associate the possibility for phd thesis in  »3D-sensitive quantum microscopy for the detection and visualization of weak magnetic fields«.

What you will do

  • Familiarization with the topic of the detection of magnetic fields and the non-destructive microscopic visualization of current paths
  • Conception, design and construction of a quantum optical measuring station for the detection of magnetic fields and the determination of field strengths
  • Conduction of research for the expandability of the measurement concept to increase sensitivity in terms of signal-to-noise ratio
  • Design and development of suitable software modules for control and data acquisition, as well as for evaluation and current path correlation
  • Evaluation of the measurement concept and determination of the limits in resolution and sensitivity
  • Publication of results in relevant journals and presentation at professional conferences
  • Support in the development and processing of new research topics and service orders as well as targeted project and customer acquisition

What you bring to the table

  • Completed university diploma or masters degree in the field of electrical engineering, technical physics, or a related science or engineering field with knowledge of microelectronic failure analysis and electrical measurement techniques 
  • It would be desirable:
    • Basic knowledge of microelectronics technologies and manufacturing processes 
    • Basic knowledge in programming in MATLAB, Python or similar 
    • Basic knowledge in design, development and commissioning of experimental test setups, as well as the execution of measurements and the corresponding data evaluation 
    • Basic knowledge of numerical simulation desirable
  • The ability of self-initiated further development would be of great advantage 
  • Interest in conducting application-oriented research projects with the goal of prototype development.

What you can expect

  • Support and promotion for your doctoral thesis, based on quality assurance regarding your doctoral thesis by means of regular networking meetings and feedback talks
  • Direct supervision by an experienced researcher
  • Excellent research opportunities in a creative and well-equipped work environment and collaboration in exciting research projects with a high degree of practical relevance
  • A good work-life balance through flexible working hours
  • Tailored soft-skill training and professional development to build on your potential and bring it to us
  • In addition, discounts with attractive corporate partners and a discounted job ticket
  • Promotion of equal opportunities for women and men is an important objective of Fraunhofer. By taking part in the career program »Fraunhofer TALENTA«, junior female researchers can benefit from qualification offers and a scope for professional development and further qualification.

The weekly working time is 70% part-time (27,3 hours per week). The position is limited to three years. We value and promote the diversity of our employees’ skills and therefore welcome all applications – regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. 

Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!

If you have any questions regarding this position, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Mr. Sebastian Brand

Research scientist »Non-Destructive Defect Localization«

phone +49 345 5589-193

mail [email protected] 

Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS  

Requisition Number: 64797                Application Deadline: 05/07/2023

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