Processing and characterization of the HEAs resistant to hydrogen embrittlement


Ref. num. EARTH_SM_PD01

Post-doctoral research associate on development of high entropy alloys resistant to hydrogen embrittlement

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 postdoctoral contract is part of a coordinated project between Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), University Carlos III of Madrid and IMDEA Materials Institute. The candidate will work on the processing and characterization of alloys designed by the research partners. The processing will include powder consolidation by three different advanced manufacturing techniques: Suction casting, Field assisted sintering and Selective Laser Melting and optimization of processing parameters for the two latter route. In addition, a study of the influence of manufacturing route and process parameters on the microstructure will be carried out. In the next step, a thorough investigation of the mechanical behavior of the developed HEAs under Hydrogen exposition will be performed in order to understand the effect of hydrogen atoms and compare the experimental results with the modelling ones.

The candidate will acquire hands-on experience with state-of-the-art materials processing and characterization methods (e.g. arc melting, suction casting, selective laser melting, field assisted sintering, electron microscopy, sample preparation and mechanical testing under hydrogen environment). He/She will gain expertise in several fields of high employability and experience in both fundamental and applied research in materials science and engineering and metallurgy, opening perspectives in both academia and industry.


-       Candidate should hold a PhD in Materials Science, Metallurgy or related field discipline with excellent academic credentials and a strong commitment to develop an academic career in an international and multidisciplinary environment.

-       Fluent English (written and oral) is a must.

-       Strong background in processing and characterization of metallic materials (especially in casting, sintering and additive manufacturing) with a proven record of accomplishment is essential.

-       Previous experience in the field of Hydrogen embrittlement will be highly appreciated and positively evaluated.


Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure best consideration of their application. Screening of candidates will begin immediately. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an initial interview in person or via Zoom, even before the closing date.

The expected start date is December 1st 2022 (depending on availability). The contract is part of the project TED2021-130255B-C31, funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and by the European Union "NextGenerationEU"/PRTR.


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