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Doctoral position in materials science (man/woman)

This offer is available in the following languages:
Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : mercredi 13 juillet 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR7315-NICTES-002
Workplace : LIMOGES
Date of publication : Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : Marc HUGER
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Indicative remuneration: between €4,200 and €4,700 gross monthly depending on the doctor's situation at the beginning of the contract.

Description of the thesis topic

Microstructure design of refractory castables for in use thermomechanical properties optimization
Key words: Minerals, Microstructure, Refractory materials, Thermo-mechanics
Objectives: investigation of various model refractory castables related to direct iron reduction by hydrogen. Targeting high purity silica-free materials (essentially alumina-based) with high resistance to hydrogen-based atmosphere. Optimization of thermal shock resistance.
Expected results: better understanding of complex microstructure evolution of refractory castables vs temperature, characterization of macroscopic thermomechanical properties, collection of feebacks to draw general lines for a better design of castable microstructure that can sustain future service conditions using hydrogen.
Skills/Candidate profile: Master's level related to Materials Science and/or Materials Engineering. Candidates should have excellent skills for experimental characterization technics and in materials science, preferably in the domain of refractories and/or ceramics. A specific skill in thermomechanics would be appreciated. Oral and written communication skills (english) are mandatory.
Please use at the same time the recruitment procedure (PhD 06) described on the website https://www.cesaref.eu/recruitment-procedure/ following the different steps.

Work Context

Located in Limoges, the IRCER research laboratory is a mixed unit (UMR 7315) under the dual supervision of the CNRS and the University of Limoges. It is linked to the Institute of Chemistry (INC) and the main activities aim at understanding and controlling the elaboration processings applied to ceramics and surface treatments for the elaboration of objects with the desired usage properties. Imerys company (https://www.imerys.com/fr) is a global leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry globally.
As this PhD position is part of the Cesaref European doctoral network, the timing is divided in this way:
- Month 1 to 9 (9 months): the doctoral student will be first based near Lyon (France) on the site of Imerys Aluminates company ;
- Month 10 to 27 (18 months): the PhD student will be then based in Limoges (France) at IRCER laboratory (Institut de Recherche sur les Céramiques, UMR CNRS 7315, www.ircer.fr);
- Months 28 to 36 (9 months): the PhD student will finally be based a second time near Lyon (France) on the site of Imerys Aluminates company.
Position to be held from 01/10/2022

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