Development composites filaments of piezoresistive carbon nanotube yarns and thermoplastics, and their integration into structural laminate composites for advanced structural health monitoring and other sensing applications.


Ref. num. PD-sensor_JV_PD01

Post-doctoral research associate on printable nanostructured sensors for structural composites

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This is a research project at the interface between nanotechnology, 3D printing and advanced methods for aerospace composite sensing. It will be carried out jointly at the research groups of Prof. C. González and Dr Juan J. Vilatela, as part of a European consortium of leading companies and academic institutions ( ). The candidate will first establish a framework to rationalise the piezoresistive properties of yarns of carbon nanotubes combined with polymer matrices. He/she will also contribute to developing methods for 3D-printing of continuous fibres of CNTs, jointly with partners in Europe and an industrial supplier. A following objective is to integrate these nanostructured fibres in structural composites, and develop methods for signal processing and detection of damage and other phenomena.  


PhD in a discipline related to materials science, nanotechnology and/or mechanical engineering, and experience in preparation, characterisation and testing of composite materials.

Strong interest in experimental work is essential.

Previous experience on characterisation of nanomaterials and sensors applied to structural composites will be positively evaluated.

Command of written and spoken English is a prerequisite.


Screening of candidates will begin immediately, and promising candidates will be invited for an initial interview via Zoom, even before the closing date. The vacancy will remain published until January 31st, 2022, or until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure best consideration of their application.

The expected start date is February 1st 2022 (depending on availability).

The position includes a full-time contract with social security coverage.


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