PhD opening on "High temperature deformation of Al alloy 3D printed porous structures"


Ref. num. 2024-TP-R1-159

PhD opening on "High temperature deformation of Al alloy 3D printed porous structures"

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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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The PhD research will revolve around processing via laser powder bed fusion of porous structures, microstructure characterization of the printed specimens (electron microscopy, tomography, X-ray diffraction), and mechanical property testing. Collaborations with experts in advanced materials´ modeling are contemplated. Experience can be gained at all levels of materials´ design for 3D printing. The candidate will gain expertise in several fields of high employability (e.g. additive manufacturing, materials´ enabled sustainability) and will carry out both fundamental and applied research in metallurgy, opening perspectives in both academia and industry.

It is expected that the research will result in several publications in peer-reviewed international journals and it will give the candidates the opportunity to present their work at major international conferences. Additionally, the researcher will join regular training activities on transferable skills organised by the Project Management Office at IMDEA in project management, leadership, funding search, grant writing, intellectual property and science communication to specialised and non-specialised audiences.


The candidates should be highly motivated to do research and to join a dynamic international consortium. She/he should have an MSc degree in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline, with excellent academic credentials. Candidates with prior knowledge or experience in additive manufacturing, processing and characterization of metallic materials are strongly encouraged to apply. The ability to work in a team and passion for research are essential.

Full proficiency in English, oral and written, is mandatory. Knowledge of Spanish is not mandatory (complimentary classes offered weekly at IMDEA Materials).


- 3 year full-time contract including social security coverage.

- Enrollment in the Materials Science and Engineering PhD programme at the Carlos III University in Madrid (PhD position).

- Start date: October 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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