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Postdoctoral position in thermal spray coatings for emerging applications

  • Yrkesroll

    Universitets- och högskolelektor

  • Anställning

    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

  • Lön

    Fast månads- vecko- eller timlön

  • Publicerad

    19 september

  • Sök jobbet senast

    15 oktober

Om jobbet

Postdoctoral position in thermal spray coatings for emerging applications

Department of Engineering Science 
University West.

The Thermal Spray Group at University West is now actively seeking applications from highly motivated and dynamic PhDs with a drive to push the TS envelope to fill an exciting postdoctoral position. The position will primarily straddle ongoing projects targeting exploitation of TS for fabrication of battery components, repair of aerospace components and performance enhancement of additively manufactured parts. Coating techniques other than TS may also be involved through collaborative activities. The position will also allow the selected candidate freedom to simultaneously explore his/her own interests in complementary fields.

Role Description

The candidate eventually selected for this full-time position will be expected to actively contribute mainly to two ongoing projects dealing with development of (i) liquid feedstock thermal sprayed functional layers to serve as electrodes/electrolyte for batteries and solid oxide electrolysis cells, and (ii) solid-, liquid- and vapour-derived coatings on additively manufactured parts. The activities will mainly involve thermal spray processing using (a) liquid feedstock thermal spraying of suspensions and solution percursors (as exemplified by Suspension Plasma Spraying - SPS and Solution Precursor Plasma Spraying – SPPS) and (b) High Velocity Air-Fuel (HVAF) spraying. The candidate will participate in development/preparation of liquid feedstocks, production of coatings and investigation of coating properties relevant to the projects. As the hands-on technical lead for the projects, the candidate’s role will involve, but not be restricted to, the following: 

-    Planning of experiments, including construction of design of experiments’ matrices to investigate effect of various spray process variables and finalizing specimen geometries 
-    Establishing characterization and performance assessment protocols
-    Participating in spraying experiments
-    Conduct and/or be responsible for characterization and performance evaluation of coatings
-    Conduct and/or be responsible for failure analysis of coatings 
-    Analysis and interpretation of data
-    Writing and/or guiding students to write journal manuscripts
-    Explore collaborations to complement processing & characterization capabilities at University West. 

The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in our group's other projects dealing with life extension and repair of components and investigations on coatings with exciting function-dependent architectures (layered, composite or functionally graded) that can be realized utilizing hybrid powder-liquid feedstocks. 


Candidates applying for the Post-doc position must have either already obtained a PhD degree, or be certain of completing a PhD degree in all respects prior to December 1, 2022, in mechanical or metallurgical engineering or fields that the employer considers as similar. The applicants who have obtained a PhD degree three years or less prior to the application deadline will be given priority.

The position demands a technical background in and skills related to:
  •    Processing of thermal spray coatings (at least one of the following: APS, SPS, SPPS, HVOF, HVAF)
  •    Characterization of coatings (morphology and microstructure by optical & scanning electron microscopy, image analysis, microhardness measurement, phase constitution etc.). Hands-on skills mandatory.
  •    Performance evaluation of coatings (at least one of the following: wear, corrosion, electrochemical testing etc.). Hands-on skills mandatory. 
  •    Investigation of failure mechanisms in coatings
  •    Analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts worthy of submission to peer-reviewed journals, as demonstrated through a good publication record.
  •    Good written & oral communication skills in English
As at least some of the experiments are expected to be conducted in close collaboration with other research groups and with industry, we are looking for a good team-player with an amicable disposition to cooperate with project partners.

The following skills will be meritorious:

•    Experience in coatings/materials for battery or solid oxide electrolytic cell applications
  •    Experience with metal additive manufacturing
  •    Experience in  electrochemical testing
  •    Experience in teaching courses relevant to materials science & manufacturing technologies
  •    Data processing, evaluation and interpretation
  •    Project leadership
  •    Supervision of students 
  •    International research and collaborative project experience 

Assessment criteria

Special importance will be given to the scientific skills in the subject field, as well as the ability to carry out and develop research activities in collaboration with colleagues and the surrounding community. The subject field and the work tasks will be considered when evaluating the applicant’s skills.

Terms of employment

The employment will be full-time for a duration of two years.


In the selection process, interviewing, referencing and proofreading may be relevant. The applications should be made digitally via our recruitment tool. For information about the design of the application, see guidelines for the employment and promotion of teachers at the University West:

The documents that cannot be sent digitally, such as books and publications; should be labelled with reference number 2022/184 and sent in two copies. 

The application is made to: 
Högskolan Väst
461 86 Trollhättan 

Deadline for application is 2022-10-15. 

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