IMDEA Materials Institute is looking for candidates for a PhD position in "Additive manufacturing of metals for sustainable transport".


Ref. num. FPI-MdM_TP_RA01

Research assistant (PhD student) in Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) of Metals for Sustainable Transport

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 transpor, energy and health-care and the Institute has state-of-the-art facilities for processing, characterization and simulation of advanced materials. More information can be found at


The project is focused on the development of new metallic materials for additive manufacturing (3D printing) using selective laser melting (SLM) technology.
In particular, both superalloys for turbine components as well as Mg alloys for lightweighting will be investigated. The main activities will revolve around characterization of different feedstock powders, selective laser melting, microstructure characterization at several length scales (grain size, texture, grain boundary network, precipitate distribution), and macro and micromechanical property testing. It is expected that this work will give rise to several publications in peer-reviewed international journals and it will give the candidate the opportunity to present his/her work at major international conferences.

The doctoral work is partly funded by a world-leading industrial corporation in the field of aerospace, and partly by the Spanish National Science Foundation via a prestigious PhD fellowship program, which also supports 3-month stays in a second international research institution. Close interaction with the industrial partner is expected, and thus the ability to work in a team is essential.

The Ph.D. candidate will acquire hands-on experience with state-of-the-art materials processing and characterization methods (e.g. selective laser melting, casting, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, powder rheology, sample preparation and mechanical testing). The student will gain expertise in several fields of high employability (e.g. additive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and characterization, advanced materials for sustainable transport) and experience in both fundamental and applied research in materials and metallurgy, opening perspectives in both academia and industry.

Additionally, the researcher will join regular training activities on transferable skills organised by the Project Management Office at IMDEA in project management, leadership, funding search, grant writing, intellectual property  and science communication to specialised and non-specialised audiences.


The candidate should have a degree (MSc or equivalent) in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline, with excellent academic credentials. Candidates with prior knowledge or experience in processing and characterization of metallic materials are strongly encouraged to apply.

Full proficiency in English, oral and written, is mandatory. Knowledge of Spanish is not required (complimentary classes offered weekly at IMDEA Materials).


  • Full-time contract including social security coverage.
  • Enrollment in a PhD programme at the Carlos III University in Madrid.
  • Start date: Autumn 2020.
  • Duration: 4 years.

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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