EU funded network, M-ERA.NET project: Ultrafine eutectics by laser additive manufacturing


Ref. num. ERA-RA01

PhD Candidate - Ultrafine eutectics by laser additive manufacturing

IMDEA Materials (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials) is a non-profit, independent research institute, promoted by the Regional Government de Madrid (Spain), to carry out research in Materials Science and Engineering. IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to excellence in research by attracting talent from all over the world and to foster technology transfer to the industrial sector in a truly international environment. More information about the activities of the Institute can be found at:


The PhD candidate will participate on an M-ERA.NET project, an EU funded network, in the subject of "ultrafine eutectics by laser additive manufacturing". The candidate will enroll on a PhD program and the PhD project will be focused on the development of new high strength eutectic alloys by laser-based additive layer manufacturing (ALM) using selective laser melting and laser metal deposition based on Ti-TiFe and Fe-Fe2Ti eutectics. These laser-based ALM methods possess inherently high cooling rates and are, thus, ideal for processing ultrafine eutectics and hierarchically structured near-eutectic alloys including Ti-Fe-Sn-Nb, Ti-Fe-Co, Fe-Ti-Si, Fe-Ti-Zr-B and other eutectic alloys. Although being the subject of research for decades and showing remarkable mechanical properties, none of these alloys is currently relevant for industrial applications since no economically and technically viable processing route exists.

This proposal represents the first attempt to produce ultrafine Ti- and Fe-eutectics by ALM, spanning activities along the entire manufacturing chain from fundamental materials development, powder production, ALM process and post-treatment developments to demonstrator testing. The candidate will perform tasks related to the development of new alloys, powder production and optimization of the gas atomizer, powder characterization, as well as mechanical and microstructural characterization of the additive manufactured alloys. The research work will be carried out at IMDEA Materials Institute in Getafe.


Candidates should hold a MEng in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, Physics (or related discipline) with excellent academic credentials and a strong commitment to develop an academic career in an international and multidisciplinary environment.

Fluent English (oral and written) is mandatory.

Previous research experience/skills on experimental mechanics and metallurgy will be valuable.


Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae (including a motivation letter).

Starting date: September, 1st, 2017. The vacancy will be closed as soon as we find the right candidate.

This program offers a three year full-time position (including social security coverage) as researcher with a salary according to the candidate skills.