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Location: Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

Number of placements: 1

Project areas: Severe plastic deformation of new structural and functional nanomaterials, mechanical and thermal behavior of nanostructured bulk materials and thin films, micro- and nanomechanical in-situ testing of advanced materials.

Period of placements:  approx. 8 weeks starting on 1st of the month (between July to Sept)

Accommodation arrangements: 500 Euro (~£430) per month (assistance will be given in finding accommodation)

Financial support from hosts: 1800 Euro (~£1530) per month for up to 2 months (local taxes and compulsory health insurance will be deducted from each month this leaving 1100-1300 Euro, ~£935-1105)

Language: German, with English widely spoken

Profile of institution: The Chair of Materials Physics in the Department of Materials Science at the Montanuniversität Leoben has a strong focus on nanostructured materials and the fundamental interlink between microstructure and mechanical properties. The investigated materials span from metals and alloy systems to complex composites and functional thin films. Specialties of the institute are a broad range of in-situ testing methods to obtain scale-bridging information on the local and global mechanical response of materials, as well as severe plastic deformation techniques to produce novel materials. The institute hosts about 100 employees, currently from 10 different countries, including approximately 30 graduate students.

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Contact: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Daniel Kiener