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ESR8 (PhD) - "Identification of fracture mechanisms for ordinary refractories on a microscale" in MSCA ITN-ETN ATHOR (Advanced THermomechanical multiscale mOdelling of Refractory Linings)

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    Chair of Ceramics, Montanuniversitaet of Leoben
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    PhysicsComputational physics
    PhysicsSolid state physics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    09/04/2018 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Austria › Leoben
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


We are looking for a dedicated and highly motivated Early Stage Researcher (ESR), who will join our team to craft the future of ceramic materials and large structures for high temperature industrial applications

ATHOR description (4 years ETN project starting in October 2017)

Refractories are heat-resistant materials used as inner linings of high temperature furnaces, reactors and processing units. ATHOR (Advanced THermomechanical multiscale mOdeling of Refractory linings) is an innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary project that brings together 6 academic beneficiaries and 8 private partners. The main objective is to develop high-end engineering technologies in material engineering and numerical simulations thanks to an intensive cooperation between academia, raw materials suppliers, refractory producers and end-users. Starting from material characterization, all significant properties will be investigated, including fracture behaviour, tension and compression creep behaviour, corrosion and thermal shock resistance. The interdisciplinary aspects will be addressed thanks to a multiscale approach looking at the influences of micro-, meso- and macro-characteristics on each other. To conduct their research and interlink the different topics, the 15 recruited researchers will take advantage of the most sophisticated numerical tools to model, design and predict the life of different lining configurations in critical operation conditions. The ATHOR network is deeply committed to provide a combination of research and training activities which will support and enlarge the initiative of the Federation for International Refractory Research and Education (FIRE).

Keywords : Refractory, Thermomechanical Modelling, Thermomechanical Characterization, Micro-mechanical Modelling, Corrosion, Thermal Fatigue, Slag Infiltration, Fracture Mechanics, Creep, Refractory Masonries.

6 Academic Poles:

7 Industrial Partners:

Specific subject of ESR8 (one of 15 ESRs of the ATHOR ETN project)

Identification of fracture mechanisms for ordinary refractories on a microscale

Objectives: While approaches to micromechanical simulation of ordinary ceramic refractories exist It is still questionable whether micro mechanisms of fracture are well represented In existing models. Therefore direct observation of micro processes during fracture of graln/matrlx structures Is an objective of this research. Especially deviations from pure linear fracture mechanics, I.e. energy consumption not contributing to creation of new surfaces, will be addressed. Experimental Investigations are aimed to cover a representative scope of structures (ceramically and carbon bonded refractories with different brittleness) to reveal different mechanisms. Based on these experimental Investigations more reasonable simulation models will be established.

Expected Results: A detailed characterisation of the fracture process will be given by the application of computer tomography, light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Strains at the surface of the samples during the fracture mechanical tests will be determined by digital Image correlation. A simulation model for the simulation of the fracture process will be available for the discrete element method (DEM). With the measured strain fields and the DEM model an Inverse evaluation procedure can deliver parameters for the defined constitutive equations.


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Visit other network partners during secondments. Participate in worldwide training workshops and transfers between research teams within the FIRE network. Very attractive fellowships. Excellent opportunities to enhance your career prospects


Eligibility criteria


Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at

the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time

equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date

when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a

doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in

the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of

whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. That means typically, for

European (or Worldwide) applicants, in the first four years after their

master degree.


Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers

are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one

country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of

selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or

carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of

their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years

immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays,

are not taken into account.


English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must

demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in

both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive

the full benefit from the network training.


Selection process

The application should contain the following documents:


  • ETN-ATHOR ESR Application Form to be filled
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter: Refer to ETN-ATHOR project and ESRs Recruitment

    procedure, indicate clearly the ESR positions to which you are applying

    with your order of priority (maximum of three). Argue your motivation to

    apply for these specific ESR position(s). Discuss in bullets your

    skills which are specifically adapted to the chosen topic, and provide

    supporting evidence to your arguments.

  • Certificate of Master’s Degree (or equivalent) with transcripts of records
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Recommendation letter(s) from previous supervisors or employers
  • List of publications, if applicable
  • Work experience certificates, if applicable
  • Manuscripts of the listed publications, if applicable

Send your application materials to local representative of ATHOR project Dietmar Gruber, Associated Professor, dietmar.gruber@unileoben.ac.at


More details about ATHOR project, requirements for the candidates and recruitment procedure




Additional comments

Application deadline is 08/04/2018. The position is available immediately.

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Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent


The candidate must have a good level of knowledge in continuum mechanics and numerical methods In applied mechanics. Python programming skills will be appreciated.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Chair of Ceramics, Montanuniversitaet of Leoben
Peter-Tunner-Straße 5

Open, Transparent, Merit based Recruitment procedures of Researchers (OTM-R)

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