Jönköping University

Postdoctoral in alloy development and hydrogen embrittlement

2024-06-16 (Europe/Stockholm)
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A post-doctoral position is available for highly motivated candidates with a background in Materials Science and Engineering or equivalent.

Our department - materials and manufacturing - is a vibrant multidisciplinary research and education environment that advances the state-of-the-art knowledge and fosters the development of highly skilled researchers and professionals. Our research focuses on material properties and manufacturing processes for mainly metallic components, specifically cast components.

The department cooperates with various national and international academics, research institutes as well as industrial partners and is engaged in basic and applied research projects. Coproduction with industrial partners is a strong characteristic of our project portfolio, both with large companies and SMEs.

To continue conducting research on the ALL4HYDRO II project, a postdoc researcher is to be recruited. The recruitment is also in line with the plans to grow the areas of alloy development.

Work tasks

The tasks include mainly research and may include some educational activities. The main research focus is on developing high-performance metallic materials that are resistant to hydrogen embrittlement, as well as advanced materials characterization.

The aim is to design, develop, process, and examine high-performance alloys that are durable in the hydrogen environment. The research involves computational thermodynamics (CALPHAD), high-throughput computational screening methods for alloy design, experimental alloy production (casting and/or forming), testing and characterization of thermo-physical and mechanical properties. Besides their fundamental research requirements, most of our research projects are industrial-oriented and involve industrial partners.

You will be encouraged to cooperate closely with not only the department personnel but also industrial partners in the project. Involvement in, and eventually leading, external research funds applications is also expected. You might also co-supervise postgraduate students within the topic.
To ensure industrial relevance, it is important to maintain a wide perspective on the research, including environment, economy, and social impact.


Jönköping University and the School of Engineering have an international focus, which requires thriving in a multicultural environment and English proficiency for teaching and research tasks, both in writing and orally.

You need to have a PhD degree with a specialization in materials engineering, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, materials physics or equivalent. We prioritize PhD degrees that have been obtained no more than 2 years before the deadline for application. We need you to:

  • Be result-oriented and have high level of motivation and will to face challenges and conduct systematic research to solve them, if necessary, by learning/adopting new techniques/theories.
  • Thoroughly understand and conduct good research practices according to the desired time table.
  • Be creative and eager to share knowledge via publication in reputed journals/conferences.
    Able to efficiently supervise under- and/or post-graduate students.
  • Willing to participate in teaching activities.

It's meritorious if you:

  • Have a background in physical and mechanical metallurgy
  • Hands-on experience in hydrogen embrittlement testing and/or hydrogen desorption testing.
  • Hands-on experience with alloy design strategies, including high-throughput computational screening algorithms, is a plus.
  • Demonstrate experience with conducting microstructural characterization techniques such as SEM, TEM, XRD, EDS, EBSD, FIB/SEM etc., as well as physico-mechanical characterization techniques such as tensile, compression, DSC/TGA, etc. as well as analysis of the data with good knowledge of possible errors.
  • Demonstrate commitment to technical and scientific excellence as well as timeliness of deliverables.
  • Thoroughly understand the scientific ethic rules and demonstrate a successful scientific record via publication in high-ranked journals/conferences. 
  • Demonstrate ability to work efficiently, conscientiously, and professionally both independently and in an international team environment.

For complete eligibility requirements for a Post-doctoral position at Jönköping University, and our recruitment process, see applicable parts of the "Regulations for the employment of teachers at Jönköping University"


Full time (100%) employment, for 2 years, starting September 2024 by agreement.

As an employee, you are entitled to favourable benefits regulated in Swedish law and agreements, as well as the benefits offered by Jönköping University. Collective agreements and individual salary settings are applicable.  

Welcome with your application, no later than 2024-06-16. Your application is preferred in PDF format through our recruitment system and should include:

  • Cover letter motivating your interest for the position
  • CV
  • Publication list
  • Description of a research plan
  • 2 references

The School of Engineering is one of four schools within Jönköping University and is one of the country's largest educators of university engineers. We collaborate with the surrounding society to develop new technology and spread knowledge to strengthen the competitiveness of companies. Working with us, you are close to colleagues in an international environment with great opportunities to influence and develop.

Jönköping University is a modern institution, characterised by internationalisation and an entrepreneurial spirit. We attract highly qualified, inventive and enterprising people from all around the world. We develop new knowledge and share our expertise through solid collaborations with industry and business, the public sector and other higher education institutions. We offer an equal and inclusive workplace and we welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit www.ju.se

Type of employment: Temporary position
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: 2024-09-01
Salary: Monthly salary
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: 100%
City: Jönköping
County: Jönköpings län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: 2024/1559-211
  1. Ehsan Ghassemali, +4636-101692
Union representative:
  1. Thomas Axelsson, OFR/S, +4636-101076
  2. Mikael Palmgren, Saco-S, +4636-101647
Published: 2024-05-22
Last application date: 2024-06-16

Job details

Postdoctoral in alloy development and hydrogen embrittlement
Gjuterigatan 5 Jönköping, Sweden
Application deadline
2024-06-16 23:59 (Europe/Stockholm)
2024-06-16 23:59 (CET)
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