Looking for a Postdoctoral position
Guillaume Deffrennes

Dear ThermoCon community,

I just graduated from my PhD with a thesis focused on thermodynamics of Mg alloys and am now looking for a Postdoc focused on experimental thermodynamics.


During my thesis at the University of Lyon I conducted an experimental investigation of the Al-C-Mg system. I developed a methodology to deal with liquid magnesium up to 1800°C and 41 bar of pressure. The carbides phases Al4C3 and Al2MgC2 were characterized by the means of XRD, SEM-EDX, DSC (Cp measurements), DTA, as well as DFT calculations. This study resulted in a CALPHAD assessment of the Al-C and Al-C-Mg systems.


Would you by any chance have a postdoctoral fellowship available in your department?


Sincerely yours,

Guillaume Deffrennes

Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Physical Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterization of Pseudocarbynes
Dr. Scott Sayres,
School of Molecular Sciences
Arizona State University

The Schools of Molecular Sciences and Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University are seeking multiple postdoctoral research associates for an interdisciplinary project involving synthesis and characterization of pseudocarbynes, a new class of metal-organic molecules and materials consisting of carbon chains stabilized by small metal clusters. Successful candidates will have a unique opportunity to participate in a highly interdisciplinary project that bridges fundamental chemical physics, synthesis and characterization with material science. Current members of the project include Peter Buseck, Anne Jones, Tarakeshwar Pilarisetty, Scott Sayres, and Tim Steimle. Successful candidates will (1) use laser-ablation to prepare new molecules and materials; (2) characterize these molecules and materials with a range of analytical techniques including advanced spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy; and (3) employ a range of time- and energy-resolved spectroscopies to characterize the synthetic mechanisms.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have (1) a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Solid- state geochemistry or relevant related area by the time of employment; (2) a strong record of publication; and (3) excellent English communication and writing skills. Additionally, familiarity with some of the following is desirable: (1) synthesis, purification and/or characterization of nanomaterials; (2) laser- ablation-in-liquids; (3) producing and/or handling metal-organic materials; (4) TEM imaging; (5) computational characterization and modeling of materials.

To apply send a single pdf document to . Insert “Pseudocarbyne Postdoc” in the subject line. The document should include (1) covering letter briefly explaining relevant professional experience and interest in the position; and (2) a CV including a list of publications and the names of three professional references.

Scott Sayres

Assistant Professor

School of Molecular Sciences

Arizona State University

Phone: (480) 965-8284

MSE Tenure-Track Position in Materials Thermodynamics
Department of Materials Science and Engineering 
University of California Davis

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of materials thermodynamics. The successful candidate is a broad-based materials scientist who uses experimental thermodynamics to study modern fundamental questions
in solids as well as the interfaces between solids and liquids or gases. This individual will integrate multiple approaches, including calorimetry, theoretical methods, and computational methods. He or she will address problems of fundamental materials stability, reactivity, and properties at the atomic, molecular and nanoscale. She or he will be expected to build a research program on fundamental materials thermodynamic science based on an understanding of topics and materials
of current engineering interest. The successful candidate will take advantage of the excellent facilities of the Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory for his or her experimental program. Appointment will be as a tenure track Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing an internationally visible program of funded research and for teaching materials science and engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. While developing an independent research program, she/he must be willing to build strong collaborations with colleagues in the MSE Department and with other STEM faculty across the campus.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in MSE or a closely related field and be committed to excellence in
research, teaching and service.


Further information on our research can be found at:

Post-doctoral position available in thermodynamic characterization of
Dr. Kyle S. Brinkman,
Materials Science and Engineering,
Clemson University

The candidate will take a leading role in a multi-institution program focusing on thermodynamic characterization of candidate materials for nuclear waste immobilization including crystalline ceramics, salt inclusion phases (SIM), and
metal oxide frameworks (MOFs). The ideal candidate will be familiar with high temperature melt solution calorimetry, solution calorimetry, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) including heat capacity determination. Experience with radiochemistry and handling nuclear materials desired. Familiarity with Raman spectroscopy and experience with more advanced characterization techniques such as synchrotron XRD and neutron scattering is a plus. Ability to interact with colleagues involved in related experiments and modeling in a
multidisciplinary environment is critical. Supervision of graduate students and undergraduates is expected as well as the ability to participate in other group research involved in energy conversion and storage applications.

Send resume and cover letter addressing qualifications to:

Dr. Kyle S. Brinkman
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Clemson University

Group Website:
Project Website:

Postdoctoral Position in Thermochemistry and Solid State Chemistry/Geochemistry
Alexandra Navrotsky,
Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory,
University of California Davis

I expect to have one or two postdoctoral positons available in the near future. The main research topic is experimental thermochemistry (calorimetry) of solids ranging from energy materials to high temperature ceramics to minerals. I seek experimentalists with knowledge of thermodynamics and experience in one or more of the following fields: calorimetry, crystallography and other structural and spectroscopic tools applied to solids, and phase diagram determination and modeling. We need people with good experimental skills in high temperature experimentation and in troubleshooting and maintaining equipment, as well as good computer skills. Excellent written and spoken English is necessary.

Interested people should send a CV and a short statement of research interests to me at


Further information on our research can be found at:

Post-Doctoral Positions
Modeling and Properties of High Temperature Materials
Theodore (Ted) M. Besmann,
University of South Carolina

There are immediate opportunities for post-doctoral fellows at the University of South Carolina to support a significant and growing effort on the development and assessment of novel high temperature materials including structural materials, oxide and metallic nuclear fuels, molten salts, and porous materials. Projects include efforts on understanding nano and framework materials for novel phases; developing thermochemical models for complex, multi-element systems using CALPHAD approaches; integrating results from related first principles calculations into thermochemical phase descriptions; development of formalisms for high temperature species transport; and generation of thermochemical relations and data for phase field modeling. In addition, new approaches such as computational topological characterization, volumetric free energy correlations, and machine learning applied to ab initio calculations are being developed and used, and which the individual could have the opportunity to learn to apply and further develop.
The positions require a PhD in chemistry, physics, materials science, or engineering, with experience in high temperature materials being helpful.

For further information, or to provide a CV for consideration, contact
Theodore (Ted) M. Besmann, PhD
Professor and General Atomics Chair for Transformational Nuclear Technologies

Research Associate (PostDoc) in Mineral Crystallization (m/f)
Liane G. Benning
GFZ, Potsdam, Germany

To complement the “Interface-Geochemistry” team led by Liane G. Benning

One of the section’s research foci is in situ and real time quantifications of mineral phase formation.


Job Vacancy No. 0586


Your responsibilities:

  •        conduct original research on the mechanisms and kinetics of mineral crystallization and aggregation with a focus on inorganic and hybrid alumina and silica phases 

  •        develop X-ray scattering methods for in situ and time-resolved phase characterization 

  •        develop new models for molecular level reactions describing in situ phase agglomeration 

  •        publish in international peer-reviewed journals; present research results at scientific meetings

  •        lead and/or considerably contribute to writing proposals for 3rd party funding with specific emphasis on synchrotron beamtime

  •        help co-supervise Masters and PhD students


Your qualifications: (essentials in bold, all other qualifications are highly desirable)

  •        MSc and PhD degree in material sciences, geosciences, chemical engineering or equivalent with specialization in synchrotron based methods for phase characterization

  •        demonstrated expertise in novel experimental design, data analysis and model development for in situ data related to inorganic-organic hybrid processes 

  •        proven experience in small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering data acquisition and analyses using advanced mathematical models

  •        hands on laboratory expertise in off line sample analyses (e.g., BET, Raman, FTIR, XRD, TEM)

  •        excellent publication and 3rd party funding records 

  •        capacity for interdisciplinary and international teamwork and excellent communication skills.

  •        documentable experience in supervision of students

  •        proficiency in spoken and written English, German is an asset


Starting Date: May 15th, 2018 or earliest possible

Fixed Term: 2 years (with possibility of extension)


Your application must be in English and include the following components: 

(a) cover letter with a detailed (maximum 2 page) research statement

(b) full CV that includes your publication list

(c) the names of 3 independent referees. 

Please submit your application by May 1st, 2018 via the link provided on the following webpage:

PhD Position
Title of the thesis: New technological fluids for refrigerated systems: experimental and modeling thermodynamic

Supervisors : Jean-Yves Coxam – Karine Ballerat-Busserolles

Laboratory : ICCF (UMR 6296)

University : Université Clermont Auvergne

Email and Phone :                        33(0)473407189


Laboratory : ICCF (UMR 6296)

University : Université Clermont Auvergne


The aim the project is the characterization of {CO2 -HFO} or {CO2 –oxygenated organic molecule} systems to consider their potential as technical fluids in refrigeration machines (heat pump, organic rankine cycle). These systems could be proposed as an alternative to chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) or hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) for refrigeration. The technological development of thermal machine required the knowledge of thermodynamic properties and phase diagram of the fluid system. The representation of thermodynamic properties and phase equilibrium is based on equations of state, Gibbs energy models ou molecular simulation. The development of theoretical tools necessitate experimental data to adjust interaction parameters and to evaluate model performance for prediction of thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria. Currently only few data is available at sub ambient temperature. The experimental part of the project will consist in the development of experimental techniques for determination of isobaric heat capacities, enthalpies and densities at low temperature and high pressure. This work will be based on the experience of the laboratory in calorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry (2) for heat capacity and flow technique for enthalpy of mixing(3-4).Gibbs energy or activity coefficient models will be adjusted during project to fit collected experimental data and the development of equation of state will be followed through collaboration  with external research group.

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