IMDEA is looking for a dedicated PhD student to develop quenching and partitioning stainless steels for automotive applications


Ref. num. PHS_IS-RA05

Research Assistant (PhD student) on Quenching and partitioning of stainless steels for automotive applications

IMDEA Materials Institute is a public research organization founded in 2007 by Madrid’s regional government to carry out research of excellence in Material Science and Engineering by attracting talent from all over world to work in an international and multidisciplinary environment. IMDEA Materials has grown rapidly since its foundation and currently includes more than 120 researchers from 17 nationalities and has become one of the leading research centers in materials in Europe which has received the María de Maeztu seal of excellence from the Spanish government. The research activities have been focused in the areas of materials for transport and materials for energy and the Institute has state-of-the-art facilities for processing, characterization and simulation of advanced materials. More information can be found at


The candidate will carry out his/her research work focused on development of novel processing routes for manufacturing of advanced stainless steels via quenching and partitioning. He/she will receive training in transversal skills and will have the opportunity to disseminate his/her work at National and/or European events. 

The research will involve processing of stainless steels in a thermo-mechanical simulator GLEEBLE 3800, microstructural and mechanical characterization of the developed materials, development of theoretical models relating microstructure and mechanical behaviour of the developed steels as well as FEM modelling of metalforming process(es). The research activities will be carried out in a strong collaboration with the European project partners: RINA-CSM (Rome, Italy), TU DELFT (Delft, The Netherlands), and one of the largest European producer of stainless steels ACERINOX EUROPE (Spain). This project will lead to a PhD that will be defended at Carlos III University of Madrid.


Materials Science and Engineering degree (M. Sc.) with extensive background in metallurgy and FEM modelling.

Experience in materials processing, microstructural characterization and mechanical testing will be recognized.

Fluent English (oral and written) is required.


3 year contract with full social security coverage.

Besides on-the-job technical training, IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to train the Institute’s scientists and staff in “soft” or transversal skills. See the available training here.

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