RESEARCH INITIATION FELLOWSHIPS 2020
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 http://www.imdea.org/materials
Institute is committed to three main goals: excellence in Materials
Science and Engineering research, technology transfer to industry to
increase competitiveness and maintain technological leadership, and
attraction of talented researchers from all over the world to Madrid to
work in an international and interdisciplinary environment.
these objectives, IMDEA Materials Institute launches this call for the
recruitment of young university undergraduates and MSc students who wish
to carry out a three month long research internship in an international and multidisciplinary environment
under the supervision of a senior scientist. The topics for this call are (candidates must select and rank up to three research topics that they are interested in):
- Structural batteries: fabrication and testing (Dr Vilatela). This
project deals with the fabrication of composite materials that can act both as
batteries and structural elements. The student will apply methods for
integration of battery electrodes, reinforcing fibers and polymer matrices to
produce laminar architectures.
- Towards data-driven stability predictors for
metal-organic framework materials (Dr Haranczyk). This project will seek
to implement and apply a number of structure disorder parameters to
characterize known crystal structures of metal organic framework materials, and
seek to establish if the values of these parameters can be used as
synthesizability criteria for new materials.
- Design and study new generation fire safety
batteries for advanced application (Dr Wang). Fire safety of batteries
is a newly emerged issue to the society with the fast development of e-Car
industry. In this program, design and development of new generation fire safety
batteries will be carried out via a multidisciplinary study including
materials, engineering, chemistry, fire science, etc.
- Using machine learning to accelerate the
prediction of metallic microstructures (Dr Tourret). Grain
boundaries (GBs) have a crucial influence on the mechanical behavior of
metallic materials. In this project, the student will use data-based
statistical approaches and assess their appropriateness to predict GB selection
during solidification processes.
- A numerical model for shape memory alloys (Dr Romero). Shape
memory alloys are materials that, when subjected to large deformations, suffer
permanent distortions, but when heated, they recover their original
configuration. This has led to applications in sport goods, medical devices,
etc. In the proposed work we will develop a model capable of reproducing the
whole phase diagram of Nitinol, the most common shape memory alloy, and use it
to simulate the thermomechanical behavior of bars and beams.
- Optimization of biodegradable porous scaffolds
manufactured by 3D printing for tissue regeneration (Dr Llorca). The
main objective of the project will be to optimize the geometry to provide
optimum mechanical support, degradation rate and osteoblast integration. The
project will encompass the design and fabrication of scaffolds, the numerical
simulation of the mechanical behavior and the experimental validation of the
degradation rate by means of in vitro tests.
- Martensitic stainless steels via quenching and partitioning process (Dr Sabirov). This project aims to generate a new class of affordable martensitic stainless steels for the automotive sector. New martensitic stainless steel grades containing retained austenite will be processed using a novel heat treatment, quenching and partitioning process, by Gleeble thermo-mechanical simulator. The effect of the quenching and partitioning parameters on the microstructure and properties of steels will be thoroughly analysed. The intern will master physical simulation process and state of the art techniques for the microstructural characterization.
Deadline for submissions: 08/03/2020.
- To be an undergraduate university student in their last year or MSc student in
any scientific discipline (physics, chemistry, computer science,
mathematics, etc.) or engineering.
- To hold a valid Spanish residence permit.
STAGES OF THE SELECTION PROCESS
The applicants will submit their registration together with their CV and academic records by 08/03/2020 and will receive an automatic confirmation of
Second stage. Applicants will be assessed by a
selection committee formed by HR and the institute’s Technical committee
according to the following criteria:
Excellent academic record
Academic progress / study abroad / internships
Awards and prizes
Command of English
Language certificates / interview
Motivation of the applicant
A shortlist of candidates will be interviewed by the selection panel. Among them six candidates will be selected
considering the academic record, command of English, motivation and
alignment of qualifications with the research topic.
The selected fellows will be informed and will receive an official confirmation.
Acceptance of the fellowship is required within one week.
- A gross stipend of 800 € per month.
fellowships will have a maximum duration of 3 months.
- The fellowships are awarded for full time training.
awarded students accept the regulations and conditions of the research
initiation fellowship as well as those that IMDEA Materials Institute
will establish for the student, the technical supervision, and the
justification of the public funds received.
will come into effect when awarded students join the institute.
Incorporation at a later date will require the authorization of IMDEA
Materials Institute. Failure to do so will be understood as resignation
and will result in the withdrawal of all rights.
students are required to present their work at the end of their
internship. The presentation must have a duration of ten to fifteen
minutes and will be open to all IMDEA personnel.
are required to submit a report within one month of completing the
fellowship. The final report should describe the work undertaken and
must be signed by the research supervisor.
- Awarded students
will acknowledge the support from these fellowships in any publications
and/or presentations of the research activities supported by the
Any infringement of these conditions will
result in the cancellation of an award already made without prejudice to
any other legal action which may be taken.
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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