Computational design of metallic alloys for additive manufacturing, combining multiscale physics-based models of processing and microstructure evolution with state-of-the-art machine learning approaches.


Ref. num. SOL-TAMU_DT_RA01

Joint PhD Texas A&M & IMDEA Materials – Computational design of metallic alloys for additive manufacturing

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 (Madrid, Spain) and Texas A&M University (College Station, TX, USA) are opening a joint PhD position on the topic of "Computational design of metallic alloys for additive manufacturing".

This project will focus on computational alloy design for additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metals. A key objective is to build fast and predictive simulation tools to assess the potential of new metallic alloys in terms of printability without defects (e.g. porosities) and optimal microstructures. It will involve the development (and data-based training) of statistical surrogate models as fast alternatives to expensive physics-based models using state-of-the-art machine learning methods. The surrogate models will be trained using different types of physics-based simulations, such as computational thermodynamics (CalPhaD), phase-field modeling of microstructure evolution, and finite element modeling of laser processing. These tools will be used to identify novel metallic alloys with optimal printability, microstructural features, and microstructural stability.

The expected duration of the doctoral project is four years, during which the student will spend  two years at IMDEA Materials Institute (Madrid, Spain) and two years at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX, USA). Upon successful completion of the PhD program, the doctoral degree will be awarded by Texas A&M University (Department of Materials Science and Engineering).

Texas A&M is a US top-tier University with one of the most renowned Engineering Schools in the nation and worldwide.

IMDEA Materials is a center dedicated to world-class research in Materials Science, recognized by the national government as a Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence.

The researcher will gain hands-on experience across several technological fields with high employability, and learn advanced concepts in multiscale materials modeling, physical metallurgy, and data-based techniques (machine learning).


The candidate should have a degree (MSc or equivalent) in Materials Science, Engineering, or Physics, or a related discipline, with excellent academic credentials. A taste for computational modeling and scientific programming is essential. Candidates with prior knowledge or experience in numerical modeling of materials in general (e.g. computational thermodynamics, finite elements, phase-field) are encouraged to apply.

Full proficiency in English, oral and written, is mandatory. No knowledge of Spanish required (complimentary classes offered weekly at IMDEA Materials).

Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae, a brief cover letter addressing their motivation and scientific interests, as well as academic credentials.


  • Expected starting date: September 2020
  • Project duration: 4 years
  • Enrollment in an international PhD program
  • Full time contract

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