Phase-field modeling of metal additive manufacturing (3D printing)


Ref. num. ENV_DT-PD04

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Multiscale modeling of metallic alloy solidification

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 looking for a Research Associate (PhD in Materials Science, Engineering, Physics,  Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline), with a taste for computational modeling and scientific programming, to join a project on multiscale modeling of additive manufacturing (3D printing) on Ni-based superalloys for aeronautics.

This postdoctoral project will focus on phase-field modeling of crystal growth and microstructure development during solidification processing of metallic alloys, with emphasis on additive manufacturing using selective laser melting technology. The researcher's main responsibility will be to adapt and extend existing phase-field codes for solidification in order to make them applicable to additive manufacturing. The corresponding tasks will primarily involve scientific programming in C-based (cuda) language for simulations on massively parallel Graphics Processing Units (GPU) architectures.

These activities are part of a large project coordinated by a world leader in the aeronautical industry, which involves several partners across Spain. Within that project, IMDEA is building a multiscale computational framework in which phase-field will be coupled to macroscopic thermo-mechanical simulations, using finite elements modeling. The researcher will develop the phase-field framework to enable such coupling strategies, and collaborate with other researchers in charge of the development of the other codes (e.g. finite elements). The project will also benefit from experimental data to validate the simulations. 

The candidate will learn advanced concepts in multiscale materials modeling, physical metallurgy, solidification processing, and gain hands-on experience in scientific programming for multi-scale and multi-physics modeling. The researcher will gain experience in a technological field with high employability, and benefit from direct interactions with world leaders from both academia and industry.


The candidate should hold a PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Engineering (or a related discipline) with excellent academic credentials. Experience in scientific programming (preferentially C or C++) is desired. Candidates with knowledge in numerical modeling of materials in general (e.g. computational thermodynamics, finite elements, phase-field) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Full proficiency in English, oral and written, is mandatory. No knowledge of Spanish is required (free classes offered on site).

Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae and a brief cover letter addressing their motivation and scientific interests.


  • Starting date: Available immediately; open until filled.
  • Full time contract including social security coverage.

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