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BCAM - Basque Center for Applied Mathematics

BCAM-Tekniker Joint PhD Student Position: Modelling and Simulation Hydrogen Embrittlement in Steels

Research Field: Mathematics 
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Job Summary

We are looking for a PhD student to work on the multiscale simulation of hydrogen-induced embrittlement (HE) of steels. This research will be jointly supervised by Dr. Mauricio Rincon Bonilla from the Basque Center for Applied mathematics (BCAM) and Dr. Iban Quintana from Tekniker.

Job Description

HE is connected to the fast diffusion of hydrogen atoms through the solid material lattice, often by quantum mechanical tunnelling (even at room temperature) followed by interaction with crystal defects, such as vacancies, dislocations, and grain boundaries. Despite great efforts, this process is still poorly understood. Moreover, the in-silico analysis of realistic, multicomponent steel specimens remains a great computational challenge.

The student will combine micromechanical and structural characterization techniques to study the behaviour of hydrogen-charged steels prepared at Tekniker. He/she will combine these analyses with hydrogen diffusion simulations developed and performed at BCAM. With this information, we aim to propose strategies for the development of new steels, heat treatments or coatings against HE.

Modelling activities will initially focus on the atomistic scale, combining quantum mechanical methods, molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo schemes. The insights obtained from these studies will be incorporated into a multiscale framework to allow direct comparison with macroscopic experiments, as well as the parameterization of continuous phase field or finite elements models


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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week   
Company/Institute Basque Center for Applied Mathematics - BCAM 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Bizkaia 
City Bilbao 

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Organization BCAM - Basque Center for Applied Mathematics 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Bizkaia 
Postal Code E48009 
Street Alda. Mazarredo, 14 
Phone +34 946 567 842 
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Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2022-09-25 
Application Deadline 2022-08-31 
How To Apply 

Additional Requirements


• Good interpersonal skills.
• Excellent University grades.
• Previous research experience, as evidenced by research publications, reports and/or conference presentations.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative research team.
• Ability to present and publish research outcomes in spoken (talks) and written (papers) form.
• Fluency in spoken and written English.
The preferred candidate will have:
• Background knowledge or interest in atomistic and multiscale simulation methods.
• Sound background in materials, science, metallurgy and/or solid mechanics.
• Basic programming skills in either Python, MATLAB, C++ or Fortran.
• Interest in performing experimental measurements (structural characterization, mechanical testing, diffusion measurements).

Specific Requirements

• Promising and outstanding young researchers in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry.

• Experience: At the call deadline, applicants must be
in the first year of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.

• Studies pursued: At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:
o To have completed the studies that lead to an official university degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

o To have completed a degree in a university not adapted to the European Higher Education Area that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent educational level to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.