PhD Position or Postdoc Position – Test technologies for the characterization of materials after neutron irradiation

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-4 – Plasmaphysik

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts,PHD Thesis

Job description:

The Institute of Energy and Climate Research IEK-4, Plasma Physics, conducts a research and development programme to selected questions of high-temperature plasma physics and of material research for thermonuclear fusion devices. This work is carried out in the frame of the national fusion programme of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, of the EUROfusion Consortium and of the European F4E Agency (Fusion for Energy). In the field of fusion technology, the institute supports the construction of ITER and W7-X in a project-oriented manner. The corresponding tasks aim at establishing the prerequisites for a burning fusion plasma, to gain a new primary source of energy.

Job Description:

The development and qualification of radiation resistant structural and armour materials is the key objective of the EUROfusion research programme. This objective is directly linked to engineering fusion power plant design studies and focusses on the enhancement of the materials technology readiness level as well as the determination of material properties and limit data for the application in engineering design rules and design code standards. The area is also among the priorities in the Fusion Horizon 2020 Roadmap, where materials development activities are pursued by the EUROfusion Consortium through the WPMAT Project.

Applications are invited from individuals interested in contributing to the new development or further development of testing techniques for neutron irradiated materials and/or components. This addresses amongst others the small available irradiation volume and related size and number of specimens to be provided by future fusion neutron sources like DONES or IFMIF and the performance under fusion relevant loading conditions. This covers a wide range of testing options from small scale mechanical testing techniques to operationally relevant high heat flux testing as well as a combination thereof. The main questions to be addressed is the qualitative and quantitative comparability of the testing techniques with available and well-established techniques for non-irradiated materials.

The selected candidate is expected to focus his/her research on one or more of the following areas:

  • Development of small scale testing technologies (theory and tools) for the determination of mechanical and/or physical data relevant for engineering design.

  • Development of testing technologies for the determination of materials and components performance under fusion relevant loading conditions (theory and tools), ideally also focussing on small scale specimens.

  • Qualification of the respective testing technology or technologies (experiment and modelling) using one of the existing baseline materials (EUROFER97, tungsten, CuCrZr).


Master degree or PhD in materials sciences or an engineering discipline.


Application Process:

Please find all information about the application process by using the Guide for Applicants.

Proposals shall be submitted via email to no later than midnight of 6 September 2019. The candidates are expected to be available for the interview to be held in Garching during the week of 25 – 29 November 2019. Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact or If you have any further questions regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr. Gerald Pintsuk (g.pintsuk@fz-juelich) or Dr. Mike Gorley (

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Quote Reference: EEG-2020/11