13. February 2018 - Guangdong Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT)
PhD Position in Time Response to Materials Stimulus
PhD Position in Time Response to Materials Stimulus
13. February 2018 - Guangdong Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT)
PhD Position in Time Response to Materials Stimulus
PhD Position in Time Response to Materials Stimulus
Guangdong Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT)

China / Israel


Guangdong Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) is seeking candidates for a PhD position available in the area of Time Response to Materials Stimulus. The Material Science and Engineering Program, within the group of Prof Klaus-Dieter Liss, is looking for enthusiastic, motivated and competent scientists to conduct experimental research projects in the advance of understanding time-resolved structural response of materials to external stimulation, investigated by modern diffraction or spectroscopic techniques of synchrotron and neutron radiation, and complementary studies. Contract duration: 3 + 1 years.

Job description

PhD Project Details

Quantum beam sources, comprising synchrotron and neutron radiation have tremendously evolved n their capabilities to study materials in a wide sense and will be applied to the understanding of time-resolved response when a material is excited by external stimulus, such as high-frequency oscillations, switching electro-magnetic fields, thermal shock or other pump-probe technique. Scientific leading output on the materials is envisaged encompassing emerging and novel time-resolved techniques. Complementarity of different quantum beams and methods shall be exploited in order to achieve comprehensive scientific results. From a literature review and technical feasibility in-house and at large-user facilities (synchrotrons, neutron sources), the candidate selects adequate materials research problems and experimental setups. Complementary time averaged quantum beam scattering studies enhance the capabilities necessary for the materials characterization and in-depth evaluation of diffraction data. Time responses can lie in the sub-millisecond to sub-nanosecond domain. There exists a wide span of materials problems, such as high-cycle fatigue in ultrasonic fields, multi-ferroic relaxation, ultrafast temperature changes, electro-magnetic switching, laser pulse impact etc. Materials can be both structural and functional materials.


  • Scholarship: US$20,000 / year
  • Subsidized housing at GTIIT, China and Technion, Israel campus
  • Health insurance: regular cover for Chinese citizens or private health insurance for foreigners
  • Professional conference travel allowance

Requested Profile

Selection Criteria

  • Master degree (or equivalent) in Physics or Material Science (essential)
  • Strong background in condensed matter physics (preferable)
  • Strong interest in materials science theories (essential)
  • Strong computing skills, including programming, scripting (essential) linux (preferable)
  • Strong experimental and electronics skills (essential)
  • High degree of innovation and drive to the project (essential)
  • Strong interest to work temporarily at large-scale research facilities in China, Europe, United States, Japan or Australia, and in collaborating labs (essential)
  • Strong interest in exact work and artistic presentation (essential)
  • Good command of English (essential)
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment (essential)
  • Ability to author scientific reports and co-author scientific publications (essential)
  • Willingness to participate in other research projects (essential)
  • The PhD candidate must fulfill the requirements for admission to the Technion Graduate School and needs to comply with its regulations leading to the PhD degree: http://www.graduate.technion.ac.il/Eng/Prospective_students/Prospective_students_main_page.asp

How to Apply


  • Application deadline: 21 March 2018
  • Submit your curriculum vitae and make short statements how your application matches the above given selection criteria
  • Send all documents electronically to:
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by GTIIT for interview arrangements
  • Shortlisted candidates should arrange for below documents to be sent to: and .
    • Curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation (one from the mentor for Master’s degree)
    • Degree certificates with English translation
    • A certified and official transcript with marks for all individual modules/courses of each of the degrees

21. March 2018
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