PhD position at the Composites Materials Group on Multiscale computational mechanics of advanced composites


Ref. num. CMG-CSL201803_RA

PhD position at the Composites Materials Group

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:


IMDEA Materials is developing a novel approach to the determination of the mechanical behavior of composite materials up to failure using numerical and experimental techniques in parallel [1]. The approach is based on bottom-up multiscale virtual testing to take into account the physical mechanisms of deformation at different length scales on the behavior of the composite. This hierarchical multiscale approach describes systematically the material behavior at different length scales from ply to laminate to component level, allowing the determination of ply properties, laminate characteristics and structural response (see Figure below). This approach constitutes a promising toolset to provide significant efficiency gains in the design, testing and certification of composite aircraft structures.

The work of the PhD candidate is to contribute to these developments by conducting research in one or several of following areas: i) composite material models including damage and failure; ii) advanced simulation strategies based on the Finite Element Method (ABAQUS); iii) experimental validation by means of coupon testing; iv) design and optimization of composites using the developed tools.

[1] C.S. Lopes, C. González, O. Falcó, F. Naya, J. Llorca, B. Tijs, Multiscale virtual testing: the roadmap to efficient design of composites for damage resistance and tolerance, CEAS Aero. Journal (2016) 7: 607-619


  • MSc degree in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering or related.
  • Knowledge on computational mechanics and optimization of advanced composite materials.
  • Experience with commercial FE software tools (Abaqus/LS-Dyna/etc.), including knowledge of user subroutines.
  • Fluent English.
  • Good social skills, teamwork spirit and proactive attitude.


Three-year contract with full social security coverage.

Salary depending on qualifications and experience.