One opening for a PhD position on "3D printing of porous metals optimized by machine learning-guided design".



PhD candidate - 3D printing of porous metals optimized by machine learning-guided design

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 the 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 22 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 on the areas of materials for transport, 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 3D printing of porous metals with excellent specific mechanical properties whose morphology is optimized by machine learning-based design. The work, at the interface between 3D printing and data science, is funded by a m. ERA-NET project (PORMETALOMICS). The project consortium includes two partners, Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, which which a close interaction is planned.

The main activities will revolve around characterization of different feedstock powders, selective laser melting, microstructure characterization at several length scales, and macro and micromechanical property testing. Experience can be gained on all levels of materials´ design for 3D printing. It is expected that this work will give rise to several publications in peer-reviewed international journals and it will give the candidates the opportunity to present their work at major international conferences.

The Ph.D. candidate will acquire hands-on experience with state-of-the-art materials processing and characterization methods (e.g. selective laser melting, 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 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 IMDEA in project management, leadership, funding search, grant writing, intellectual property and science communication to specialised and non-specialised audiences.

Deadline for submission of applications

Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae (in English), a brief cover letter addressing their motivation and scientific interests, as well as their academic certificate, including grades and dates, issued by the corresponding academic institution. Please submit your application materials before May 15th.


  • Full proficiency in English, oral and written, is mandatory. Knowledge of Spanish is not required (complimentary classes offered weekly at IMDEA Materials).
  • The candidates should be highly motivated to do research and to join a dynamic consortium aiming to make a contribution towards the EU Green Deal. They 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-time contract including social security coverage.
  • Enrollment in the Materials Science and Engineering PhD programme at the Carlos III University in Madrid.
  • Start date: September 2022


The working language of the Institute is English. Full command of the English language is required in all positions.

IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to equal opportunities, diversity and the promotion of a healthy work environment and work-life balance. Female applicants are encouraged to apply to our research and technical positions. See our Gender Equality Plan here.

Applications are processed upon reception. The position might be closed once the minimum publication days have passed, so we encourage early application.

Besides on-the-job technical training, IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to training the Institute’s scientists and staff in “soft” or transversal skills. See the available training here.

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