Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in (m/w/d)

The Institute of Glass and Ceramics is an interdisciplinary team consisting of five research groups spanning additive manufacturing to biomimetics to high-throughput ceramics processing located in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. There are numerous cutting-edge custom-built research facilities at the Institute of Glass and Ceramics for characterizing the temperature-dependent electrical, dielectric, and mechanical properties of functional ceramics as well as the crystal structure and microstructure that will be used in this project, including an international team of researchers and technical support.

Das Aufgabengebiet umfasst

The production, distribution, and storage of energy is currently one of the most critical economic, environmental, and political issues of our time, making it a vital scientific and engineering challenge. In addition to grid-level storage, there are numerous other applications where energy storage is critical in the aerospace, automotive, medical, and telecommunication fields, such as unattended wireless sensors, high power electronics, and implanted medical devices, which require localized, wireless access to energy, in addition to a wide range of energy storage applications for micro-electronics and pulse power devices. Importantly, each of these applications has different technological requirements, in terms of both energy and power density as well as various other critical factors. Therefore, developing effective technologies for the efficient storage and distribution of energy at various length scales is essential. From the various technologies, solid-state dielectric ceramic capacitors remain important for energy storage applications due to the exceptional power densities. The focus of this project is exploring the role of mechanical fields and lattice defects on the energy storage properties of lead-free antiferroelectric ceramics, which is an interesting class of polar materials with a unique crystal structure. This is especially important as energy storage applications resulting in large internal stresses due, for example, strain incompatibilities with substrates or other components. To accomplish these goals, the project will include ceramics synthesis, characterization of macroscopic electrical and mechanical properties as well as the stress-dependent energy storage, and investigation of the stress-dependent crystal structure using both Raman/Brillouin spectroscopy and synchrotron diffraction, which will be performed during a 3-month research stay in the UK


Notwendige Qualifikationen:

  • a qualifying degree (M.Sc./Diplom) in one of the following areas: material sciences, physics, chemistry, or a closely related field
  • Experience with ceramics and ceramics processing methods
  • The ability to work independently
  • Experience working independently in a laboratory setting and performing experiments
  • Proficient in both oral and written English communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team

Wünschenswerte Qualifikationen:

  • Experience with characterization of mechanical or electrical properties
  • Experience with solid-state defect chemistry

Ergänzende Beschreibung

  • Curriculum vitae (with publication list, if any)
  • Academic transcripts (with grades) and copy of qualifying degree
  • Brief summary of most recent thesis (max. 1 page)
  • Contact details of potential references

The research position is for a total of three years with payment in in accordance with German public service positions (TV-L E13).


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Veröffentlichungsdatum: 09.01.2023