IMDEA Materials Institute launches the sixth call for the recruitment of final year and master students who wish to carry out a three month research internship during 2020 in an international and multidisciplinary environment under the supervision of a senior scientist.


Ref. num. RIF 2020


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


IMDEA 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.

Following 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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


First Stage. The applicants will submit their registration together with their CV and academic records by 08/03/2020 and will receive an automatic confirmation of reception.

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

 0-30 points

Academic records

Academic progress / study abroad / internships

Awards and prizes

Command of English

0-15 points

Language certificates / interview

Motivation of the applicant

0-15 points


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.

Third Stage. 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.
  • The fellowships will have a maximum duration of 3 months.
  • The fellowships are awarded for full time training.


  • The 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.     
  • Fellowships 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.   
  • Awarded 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.
    Awarded students 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 fellowship.  

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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