Mechanical characterization of Zr properties at elevated temperature in presence of hydrogen; Metallographic sample preparation and microstructure characterization by light optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy including EBSD; Reporting and critically evaluating the obtained data
Master student with a Bachelor degree in materials engineering, mechanical engineering or related fields; Understanding of phase diagrams, thermomechanical properties and diffusion; Experience in standard metallographic preparation is an advantage; Knowledge of a data evaluation software (Origin, Matlab, or Excel proficiency); Good communication skills in English; You have not yet completed your Master thesis
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For the Nuclear Fuels Group we are looking for a Trainee Thermo-mechanical behavior of zirconium alloys under hydrogen influence and microstructural characterization Your tasks Mechanical characterization of Zr properties at elevated temperature in presence of hydrogen Metallographic sample preparation and microstructure characterization by light optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy including EBSD Reporting and critically evaluating the obtained data Your profile Master student with a Bachelor degree in materials engineering, mechanical engineering or related fields Understanding of phase diagrams, thermomechanical properties and diffusion Experience in standard metallographic preparation is an advantage Knowledge of a data evaluation software (Origin, Matlab, or Excel proficiency) Good communication skills in English You have not yet completed your Master thesis We offer Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. 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