Development of theoretical models and numerical tools to predict the behavior of lattice materials beyond small strain, including non-isothermal conditions.


Ref. num. EXPLORA-2018-RA01

Research assistant (PhD student) in Computational Solid Mechanics

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 Mechanics of Solids. The chosen candidate will develop analytical and numerical models to study the thermo-mechanical behavior of lattice materials (metamaterials).

Metamaterials belong to a family of recently developed materials that inherit their mechanical properties not only from their base material but, especially, from their microstructure, which is artificially created using 3D printing, or similar techniques. Due to the ability to control their microstructure, these materials posses interesting properties not found in nature. For example, some metamaterials have negative Poisson's ration, others behave like fluids, etc.

More specifically, the project proposed herein deals with the modelling of truss-based metamaterials, especially beyond the small strain range, and including their behavior when they are subject to thermal cycling.

The project is funded by an EXPLORA grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities, and will be carried out in the Computational Solid Mechanics group of IMDEA Materials.

The researcher will learn nonlinear structural and computational mechanics, using and developing state-of-the-art research simulation codes.


The candidate should hold a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Computational Physics, Applied Math (or a related discipline) with excellent academic credentials. Candidates with knowledge in numerical simulation (finite elements) and 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, a cover letter addressing their motivation and scientific interests, and two letters of reference.


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