Postdoc PVD ZnMg-coatings for AHSS steels University of Groningen

Postdoc PVD ZnMg-coatings for AHSS steels (1.0 fte)

Vacancy number 217247



Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage currently more than 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and the top 100 universities in the world (see our ranking:, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

One postdoctoral position is available in the Advanced Production Engineering (APE) group at the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG), Faculty of Science and Engineering. For more information about the APE group please use the following link:

Job description

Topic of research: Fundamentals in the adhesion of PVD ZnMg-coatings for the next generation steels.

The STW HTM research project “Fundamentals in the Adhesion of Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) ZnMg-coatings for the Next Generation Steels (NGS)” is driven by the desire of Tata Steel Europe to develop PVD continuously coated strip as a breakthrough technology for depositing anti-corrosion ZnMg coatings on NGS strip. It aims at understanding how the adhesion property of PVD ZnMg coatings on NGS is influenced by the PVD process including the subsequent thermal processes, and by the chemical composition and microstructure of the coating and substrates. These parameters will be used to predict the mechanical performance of substrate-coating systems during subsequent thermal and forming operations by micromechanical simulations. The ultimate goal is to solve the adhesion problem of novel PVD ZnMg-based multilayer coated NGS by optimizing the coating design and interface structure, and enhancing interfacial bonding strength.


Candidates should have a PhD degree in materials science and engineering. A strong background in metallurgy, physical vapour deposition processes, transmission electron microscopy will be a clear advantage. The successful candidate is expected to have an excellent academic record and is curious, creative and ambitious. You should be able to work in a multidisciplinary environment in close cooperation with other experts and be proficient in English (both oral and written).

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers depending on qualifications and work experience a minimum salary of € 3,111 (scale 10.4 Dutch Universities) up to a maximum salary of € 4,084 gross per month on a full-time basis (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another one year and four months. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year.

The preferred starting date is 1 October 2017.


Applications, including a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and the contact information of two academic referees, can be submitted until 13 July / before 14 July 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form, see:

All applications received by 13 July 2017 midnight will be given full consideration.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Prof. Y.T. Pei, +31 50 3632037, (please do not use for applications)

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