Multiscale modeling of solidification during powder-bed additive manufacturing of aeronautical Nickel-based superalloys


Ref. num. ENV-RA02

PhD candidate - Multiscale modeling of metal 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:


IMDEA Materials Institute is looking for a Research Assistant to carry out a PhD in Computational Materials Science and Engineering. The candidate will develop computational tools for additive manufacturing of superalloys for aeronautical components. Activities will be carried out jointly within the Computational Solid Mechanics group and the Modeling and Simulation of Materials Processing group at IMDEA Materials.

Research activities will focus on multiscale modeling of additive manufacturing by selective laser melting of metal powder. The overarching objective is to build a computational framework that couples continuum thermomechanical simulations at the macroscopic scale using finite elements with simulations of crystal growth in the melt pool at the microscopic scale using phase-field modeling. 

The project, coordinated by a world-leading aerospace company, will involve several PhD theses on various aspects of advanced manufacturing of aeronautical superalloys. Close interactions with industrial partners will ensure that the research meets industrial standards. This collaborative framework will provide the researcher with extensive experimental data to validate computational developments. 

The candidate will learn advanced concepts in materials modeling, nonlinear computational mechanics, physical metallurgy, aeronautical superalloys, solidification processing, and gain hands-on experience in scientific programming for multi-scale and multi-physics modeling. The student will gain experience in a technological field with high employability, and benefit from direct interactions with world leaders in the aeronautical industry. 


The candidate should hold a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Computational Physics, Mechanical Engineering (or a related discipline) with excellent academic credentials. Candidates with knowledge in numerical simulation of materials (computational thermomechanics and thermodynamics, finite elements, phase-field) and experience in scientific programming (such as C, C++) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Full proficiency in English, oral and written, is mandatory. No knowledge of Spanish is required (free classes offered on site).

Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae, academic records, and a cover letter addressing their motivation and scientific interests. 


  • Starting date: Available immediately; open until filled
  • Full time contract including social security coverage
  • Enrolment in an academic PhD program