Postdoctoral positions in nanomechanics of materials (Thun, Switzerland)

Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Our Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures at Empa's location in Thun, Switzerland, is offering several

Postdoctoral positions in nanomechanics of materials

We are looking for several researchers with qualifications in physics, materials science, mechanics or microengineering. Research is conducted in an international environment, in cooperation with several industrial
and academic partners. Stable funding is provided through long-term European projects.

A successful candidate will be able to assist in the development of new nanomechanical testing instrumentation and investigate the mechanical material properties of metals and semiconductor materials at small length scales.

The following positions are available:

1. Exploring creep behavior of nanocrystalline metals using high temperature micro-compression and nanoindentation techniques.
2. Exploring nanoscale fracture behavior of semiconductors using in-situ nanomechanical testing integrated into SEM, TEM and optical probes.
3. Analysing resisual stress in nanoscale objects using electron diffraction (EBSD), tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy and FIB-hole drilling methods.

A strong desire to work at the leading edge of measurement science and a high level of motivation to work in international, multidisciplinary research teams are essential. Knowledge of English (oral and written) is
important and knowledge of German or French would be an advantage.
Experience in nanomechanical testing techniques such as nanoindentation and electron microscopy is desirable.

Empa in Thun offers an ideal working environment and is situated in a beautiful area in the German speaking part of Switzerland.

Applicants are invited to apply for a 1-3 year appointment.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Johann Michler by email or from

We are looking forward to receiving your application until December, 15 comprising a letter of motivation, CV, diploma copies as well as the names and contact information of two references.
Please submit your application online and upload all documents through this webpage:

Any other way of applying will not be considered.

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Comment by Dr. Anand Y Joshi on November 11, 2010 at 7:41am
Thanks for the information..

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Comment by SV prabhakar Vattikuti on November 9, 2010 at 10:36am
Res: Sir,
I am interested for postdoc position. my background is material science. I was completed phD in Nano coatings and materials from Chung hua university, Taiwan . please consider my request. Thanking you

SV Prabhaar Vattikuti

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