Development of high-performance steels by 3D printing from recycled powders from scrap metals at the Sustainable Powder Technology research group.


Ref. num. 2023-JMT-R1-114

PhD candidate- Development of high-performance steels by 3D printing from recycled powders from scrap metals at the Sustainable Powder Technology research group.

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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The work will design new high-performance steels from possible mixtures of scrap compositions from conventional alloys and optimize by means of thermodynamic modelling and machine learning. Prototypes will be developed arc melting and powders will be set to be consolidated using 3D printing techniques.

This project will lead to a PhD that will be defended at Carlos III University of Madrid.

The thesis project is part of a large collaborative project involving 8 companies and 4 research centers, so the interaction with the industrial sector will be significant and during the development of the thesis some secondments will be planned at the site of one of the partners. He/she will receive training in transversal skills and will have the opportunity to learn from the 3D printing market and disseminate his/her work at specialized forums.


Materials Science and Engineering Bachelor and/or Master with a strong background in metallurgy and powder metallurgy. Experience in experimental materials processing, microstructure characterization, and mechanical testing will be recognized. Experience in programming and/or artificial intelligence will be valued. Fluent English (oral and written) is required.


3.5-year contract with full social security coverage.

Starting date: March 2024 or when a suitable candidate is found.

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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