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Career

 

CEST is always interested in motivated students (undergraduate, graduate) as well to provide opportunities for post-graduates with a proofen scientific track record. 

 

If you have a background in chemistry, physics, material science or similar and you are interested in topics like electrochemistry or surface technology and their industrial applications, please feel free to contact CEST at [protected email address]. We are glad to discuss possibilities over a coffee or two (or skype, if you are further away).

 

Job openings:

 

Below you find job openings of CEST. If you do not find something you are looking for, we are glad to receive your unsolicited application!

 

In order to strengthen our team, we are looking for:

 

Junior Researcher (PhD-student) in Applied Interface Science

 

CEST is Austria’s competence centre for applied electrochemistry and surface technology. We are a jointly industry-academia owned research institute (within the Austrian COMET scheme). Examples for our projects are the postprocessing of 3D-printed parts, developing an artificial smell sensor, creation of functional surfaces for catalysis and electrochemical energy storage or the study of corrosive mechanisms on an atomic scale.

Our vision is to transform high-class research in the field of electrochemistry and surface technology from lab to an industrial scale and enhance therefore the competitiveness of the Austrian and European industry.

To pursue our goal, we are currently searching for our site in Linz (Upper Austria) a

Junior Researcher (PhD-student) in Applied Interface Science

Topic:

Reduction of CO2 emissions is huge challenge for society, which forces the automotive industry to invest into technologies to reduce the carbon footprint.

Alongside topics like electromobility and optimised engines, lightweight construction is huge topic for this industry.

 

The development of advanced materials and the increase of lightweight constructions lead to a complex material mix within components and systems and an increase of adhesive joints as a replacement of classical joining methods like welding. Structural bonding of steel sheets is already very common in the automotive industry, however the knowledge of the interactions between adhesive and metallic substrate, especially in corrosive environments, is limited and further research in this field is needed.

The interface between zinc-coated steel and adhesives which are subject to corrosive processes and their interfacial properties are the main topic of this work.

The main research question is the quantification of the water/ion-diffusion at the metal-adhesive-interface and the study of the influence of adhesive, surface chemistry and structure of the metal as well as the corrosive environment. Hereby using modern analytical methods (XPS, AES, SKP, IRRAS, ICP-OES, Raman) together with mechanical testing will be used to characterise the interface at an atomic and macroscopic level.

Your qualification
  • Master’s degree in the field of chemistry/physics/material science or similar
  • Experience in scientific lab work (e.g. during internships or master thesis)
  • Ideally you have experience in writing a paper and/or present your work at a conference
  • You are eager to learn new things; you are ambitious and creative to pursue your goals together with our research team
  • You are proficient in English; ideally combined with knowledge of German
  • Work on the different tasks of the research project
  • Write your PhD thesis as part of this project
  • Develop your own ideas within the project and for future ones
  • Learn project management, funding acquisition and scientific communication
  • Represent your work and our institute and communicate with stakeholders from industry and academia at project meetings, workshops and conferences
Your tasks
  • Work on the different tasks of the research project
  • Write your PhD thesis as part of this project
  • Develop your own ideas within the project and for future ones
  • Learn project management, funding acquisition and scientific communication
  • Represent your work and our institute and communicate with stakeholders from industry and academia at project meetings, workshops and conferences
What to expect from us

As a research institute we are searching for creative and enthusiastic colleagues who like to think outside the box. We provide various challenges and a high degree of autonomy in your work – we are convinced that the best ideas are created by providing an innovative and flexible work environment.

This position is of temporary nature (3 years with possible extension). The PhD thesis will be supervised by Prof. Markus Valtiner (TU Vienna), who is a renowned expert in this field.

The minimum gross monthly salary according to the collective agreement is 2.115,-- € (gross, 14 times a year). If you are interested in working with us, we would be glad to receive your application including your CV and references at bewerbung@cest.at!