PhD in thermo-mechanical characterization of metallic materials for high temperature applications


Ref. num. 2023-IS-R1-76

Thermo-mechanical characterization of metallic materials for high temperature applications

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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.

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High-temperature resistant metals are a group of alloys that can withstand high temperatures without degrading or deforming. These materials are essential in the energy sector, where they are used to create components such as pipes, turbines, and other machinery that operate at extremely high temperatures. Their performance during service life is determined by a range of their properties which in turn are controlled by stability of their microstructure at high temperatures. This project will focus on a thorough microstructural and mechanical characterization of a heat-resistance steel in the environment similar to its applications.


Candidates should hold an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, Materials Science or related disciplines with excellent academic credentials and a solid commitment to developing an academic career in an international and multidisciplinary environment.


This thesis will be carried out thanks to the funding from the European Commission.

Starting date: open until filled.

Full-time contract, including social security coverage.

Enrolment in an academic PhD program.

Applications are processed upon reception. The position might be closed once ten working days have passed since publication, so we encourage early application.

The working language of the Institute is English. Full command of the English language is required in all positions.


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