Pre-doctoral researcher to work on the development of simulation codes for additive manufacturing


Ref. num. 2024-IR-R1-124

Pre-doctoral researcher to work on the development of simulation codes for additive manufacturing

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 Computational Solid Mechanics Group at IMDEA Materials Institute is seeking to fill a Research Assistant position to work on the simulation of additive manufacturing processes. The researcher will work on developing finite element models for complex thermomechanical processes and their calibration using experimental data. Funding for this position will come from IRIDISCENTE, a competitive research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The tasks envisioned for the researcher involve using Mechanics, Finite Elements, Programming and Statistics. The researcher will be enrolled in a PhD program and carry out his/her PhD dissertation while working at IMDEA.

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 fostering 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 holds the "María de Maeztu" seal of excellence, awarded to the best research centres in Spain. As part of its commitment to bring the best research talent to Madrid, IMDEA Materials Institute endorsed in 2007 the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers that set out the rules and obligations of researchers, their employers and funders, as well as transparent and fair recruitment procedures. The Institute received the ‘HR Excellence in research’ award in October 2015.


Candidates should have strong analytical skills and hold a MSc in Engineering, Material Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Physics with an excellent academic record. Additionally, successful candidates are expected to be fluent in spoken and written English and have programming experience in C++ and/or Python.

Interested candidates should submit the Curriculum Vitae, academic records for the BS and the MSc degrees, and a letter of motivation focusing on previous experience, interests, and personal goals.


-- Full-time contract, including social security coverage.

-- Salary of 22.000 €/year.

-- Enrolment in a PhD program of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and supervision.

-- Opportunity to attend international conferences.

-- Integration in an international environment with career training (language classes, soft skills, article preparation, proposal writing, etc.)

The candidate is expected to join the Institute in March 2024.

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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