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Postdoc position in Dislocation Dynamics Simulations of Dislocation Patterning

In our center: “The physics of metal plasticity” we conduct basic science to reveal the physical mechanisms governing the mechanical properties of metals, such as strength and formability. When metals are deformed plastically, dislocations (defects in the crystal lattice) multiply and self-organize in 3D patterns. We have developed a hard X-ray microscope at the European Synchrotron Radiation Source (ESRF) that for the first time allows visualization of how these patterns form. We are looking for an outstanding and motivated candidate to join our international group, where we combine X-ray physics, simulations of experiments and scientific computing with dislocation dynamics simulations to understand metal plasticity. 


This work is also part of a new Danish Center-of-Excellence on hard materials in 3D, SOLID.  Here you will be interacting with 15 other PhDs, all exploiting the latest 3D methods based on large scale x-ray and neutron facilities, within in a broad range of fields spanning ferroelectrics, martensitic transformation, biomineralization and archeology.


Your research will be based on studies at the hard X-ray microscope at the European Synchrotron Radiation Source, ESRF, in France.


Your responsibility will be to conduct dislocation dynamics simulations based on initial dislocation configurations inspired by the experimental data. The results of the simulations will be directly compared with experimental movies of dislocation interaction and patterning. You will work closely also with our collaborator, Professor Anter El-Azab, at Purdue University, US.


You are excited about fundamental science, and we expect that you enjoy being part of a team, that you have sense of humor, is a good problem solver and that you can work efficiently and independently.


You should


  • Have a PhD degree
  • Have extensive experience with dislocation dynamics simulations


The assessment of the applications will be made by Professor Henning Friis Poulsen, DTU Physics and Professor Grethe Winther, DTU Mechanical Engineering.


We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.


Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years.


You can read more about career paths at DTU here.


Further information
Should you have any queries regarding the position, please contact Henning Friis Poulsen ( or Grethe Winther (


You can read more about the SOLID center on


If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.


Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 (Danish time).

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Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:


  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • PhD diploma
  • List of publications


All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


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