Vacancy No. 774/2022

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

Hydrogen Micromechanics

Job description

The Institute for Applied Materials – Mechanics of Materials and Interfaces (IAM-MMI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) strives for a fundamental understanding, prediction and optimization of mechanisms responsible for the degradation of advanced structural and functional material systems. Our materials research portfolio comprises, among others, materials required for the energy transition, i.e. for energy conversion and storage as well as advanced structural materials.

As a postdoctoral researcher you will be part of a newly formed research group comprised of six researchers, undertaking fundamental research investigating the mechanisms responsible for hydrogen embrittlement based on in situ small scale mechanical testing. You and your group will develop a detector imaging the local distribution of the hydrogen isotope Tritium. Subsequently, you will use the detector while performing in situ small scale mechanical testing on focused ion beam (FIB) milled samples in order to correlate the fundamental mechanisms of hydrogen embrittlement with the local hydrogen content.

Your tasks comprise:

  • Development of a device for Tritium plasma-charging.
  • FIB based micromachining for sample preparation.
  • Characterization of the local Tritium distribution by SIMS and APT.
  • Scientific paper writing.
  • Organization of scientific events like seminars, lab visits and summer schools.
Personal qualification
  • university degree (Masters / Diplom (Uni)), ideally in physics oder materials science with a PhD degree
  • Experiences in hydrogen embrittlement, micromechanics, electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy and/or atom probe tomography are desired.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institut for Applied Materials - Mechanics of Materials and Interfaces (IAM-MMI)

Starting date


Contract duration

limited up to two years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Christoph Kirchlechner,


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 774/2022 .
Personnel Support is provided by 

Mr Meschar
phone: +49 721 608-25029,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.