IMDEA Materials Institute launches the seventh call for the recruitment of final year and master students who wish to carry out a three month research internship during 2021 in an international and multidisciplinary environment under the supervision of a senior scientist.


Ref. num. RIF 2021


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


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. Nanostructured networks for high-power battery electrodes. (Dr Juan José Vilatela): The aim of the current project is to develop high-performance nanostructured cathode materials based on more benign and less expensive metal oxides for M-ion batteries (M = Li and beyond, e.g. Zn) with added values (e.g. flexibility and mechanical stability).  This is a multidisciplinary and innovative project that can have high impact in the field of materials science and batteries, both from a basic research perspective and from a technological point of view. Thanks to the wide variety of techniques and expertise available at IMDEA Materials, the student will receive high-quality and cross-disciplinary training in these research fields.
  2. Multiscale characterization of advanced material. (Dr Federico Sket): The understanding of materials has gradually increased aided by the development of methods that provide as complete and unbiased description of microstructure as possible. In this project, the deformation mechanism and mechanical fatigue properties of  magnesium alloys will be examined using in situ observation of the bulk specimens using synchrotron X-ray microtomography, and 3D SEM-EBSD tomography to assess at different scales the deformation and damage mechanisms.
  3. Multifunctional phase change materials (PCMs) for intelligent electronic devices. (Dr De-Yi Wang): In this program, a series of sustainable phase change materials will be  developed based on the molecular design and polymer processing, which  will have plenty of advanced properties, such as high thermal  conductivity, flexibility, fire safety, plasticity and form-stability. These new materials will be used for intelligent electronic device  aiming at adjusting the temperature and improving the fire safety of the  devices. This program will provide a multidisciplinary environment to  the fellow.
  4. Phase-field study of crystal morphological selection during solidification of an alloy. (Dr Damien Tourret): In aluminium alloy casting, whether crystallites grow with globular or dendritic morphology strongly effects the ingot mechanical properties. While the key ingredients for the globular-to-dendritic transition are known, a quantitative assessment remains lacking. This project will make extensive use of computational phase-field simulations to assess morphological stability and morphological selection of growing equiaxed crystal during the undercooled solidification of an alloy.
  5. Multiscale Modelling of Fracture. (Dr Javier Segurado): The fracture process in metals is a complex multiscale problem which involves extensive plastic deformation and formation of cavities at the lower scales leading to the formation of a macroscopic crack. This fracture is strongly dependent on the particular alloy and its mircostructure. Advanced simulations of the different micromechanical processes at different length scales will allow to determine the influence of the microstructure in the macroscopic response. In this work two different approaches, phase-field fracture and gradient continuum damage mechanics, will be used in Finite Element and Spectral solvers to simulate this processes in a real metallic alloy.
  6. Comparison of chemically versus physically crosslinked hydrogels as tissue engineering scaffolds. (Dra Jennifer Patterson): Hydrogels are interesting materials to use for potential tissue regeneration applications due to their properties that mimic many key features of the extracellular matrix. In this project, different crosslinking mechanisms will be used to prepare hydrogels with varying mechanical properties and morphology. Their materials properties will be evaluated by rheology and microscopy. Further, cytocompatibility and functionality assays will be performed to determine the behavior of cells encapsulated in 3D within the hydrogels.
  7. In vitro biological evaluation of biomaterials (Prof. J. LLorca/ Dr. M. Echeverry-Rendón): Previous to implantation in the human body, a biomaterial requires an extensive and strict process of evaluation that includes in vitro validation to ensure its safety and biocompatibility. Surface configuration, physicochemical, mechanical, and corrosion properties of a biomaterial have a direct impact on the cell behavior leading to a specific biological response. The objective of the project is to evaluate the cellular response (viability, proliferation and differentiation) of different cell types in biomaterials manufactured in IMDEA Materials by 3D printing as well as to predict the possible behavior of the implant in a clinical performance in vivo.  Cell types and biomaterials will target applications for bone regeneration or cardiovascular stents.


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.


Deadline for submissions: 15/03/2021.

First Stage. The applicants will submit their registration together with their CV and academic records by 15/03/2021 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:

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.


    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.

    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. 

    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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