PhD student in the development of a new nanostructure hard nitride coating obtained by MF-HIPIMS ...

August 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
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The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) offers a PhD position in a framework of a CORE PPP project NANOPIMS funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). The CORE PPP project and the PhD position will begin on the 1st September 2017 for 36 months.

The PhD project will be carried at LIST in collaboration with an International Luxemburgish Company. The objective is to study the effect of additional alloying elements to improve the machining performance in severe environment of hard nitride coatings for high speed carbide cutting tools.


We are looking for a researcher that is expected to strongly contribute to a Research & Development project through a doctoral research activity where the final goal is to provide a new tribological coating for high temperature applications deposited by a new process combining DC and HIPIMS magnetron sputtering. The demand for PVD coatings combining high wear resistance and oxidation resistance to serve high temperature applications such as dry high speed machining is continuously growing.

In the first part of the project, the student will participate to the optimization of the chemical composition by the possible addition of alloying elements to a titanium nitride coating and the possible engineering of multi-layered coatings for the optimization of resistance to plastic deformation and hot wear resistance.

The second part of the project will be more dedicated to the study of coating properties like hardness, wear measurements at high temperature or and determination of the oxidation kinetics. Additionally, it is planned to coat cutting tools which will be evaluated in instrumented machining tests with different reference materials.

  • Master degree in Materials Science

  • Prior research experience in the fields of PVD or CVD coatings will be highly valued

  • Demonstrated competencies in materials characterization (SEM, XPS, FTIR, XRD…)

  • Be sociable and enjoy teamwork

  • Be fluent in English and/or French (spoken and written)

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