Mission Statement

The group “Dynamics of Condensed Systems” studies the dynamics of atomic diffusion processes, the structure of materials on the nanometer scale and the kinetics of structural changes in those materials. The spectrum of the analyzed materials includes natural composites like bone or wood, metal films, metallic glasses, carbon nano phases and inorganic-organic hybrid systems. We employ both computer simulations like Monte Carlo or Reverse Monte Carlo techniques and experimental methods like X-ray diffraction in our research. Measurements are performed both at our own laboratory X-ray source and at large research facilities like ESRF in Grenoble or PETRA III in Hamburg. Often only such large facilities can produce X-ray beams with the required intensity, coherence and brilliance.

More information about the current research done in our group can be found in the research section.

We are looking for ...

1.) The research group „Dynamik of Condensed Systems“ invites applications for a scientist position (prae-doc, 4 years) at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna. (Stelle Ausschreibungs Nummer 11545 Jobcenter Universität Wien)

The successful candidate is expected to carry out independent experimental and numerical research in the field of the relation of nanostructure and mechanical properties of solids in different environments. The main goal is the development of a measurement method to determine the full elastic properties (Youngs modulus and Poisson ratio) of fibers (in particular carbon fibers) in a temperature range from room temperature to 2000 oC. The work is essentially experimental, but requires also mathematical skills for data analysis and knowledge in hard- and software to control devices and measurement instruments. A participation in teaching and administration at the usual level for this position is expected.

2.) ... dedicated students who are interested in a bachelor's or master's thesis.

Please contact either Herwig Peterlik or Bogdan Sepiol if you are interested.

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