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PhD Candidate - Inverse Identification Based on Fulfilled Measurement

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)


The Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites applications for a PhD Student at the Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS).

We seek a highly motivated candidate who will be involved in research concerned with identification of material properties in constitutively heterogeneous materials through full-field measurements. This is an ongoing research project that has developed robust inverse techniques for the identification of linear-elastic and elasto- plastic material properties and is rapidly moving toward experimental validation of these techniques.

The goal is to further develop the inverse techniques and to design a virtual platform that takes as input the known data of the problem to reconstruct an approximation of the spatial constitutive properties of the specimen. Key words relating to the PhD are: digital image correlation, kinematic full-field measurements, inverse problem, finite elements.

Please contact us for a further description of the project.

The successful candidate must hold a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, or computer science and should have a strong background in theoretical mechanics, applied math, and computing (finite elements, interpolation, quadrature, scientific visualization, etc.). Good mastery of programming in Matlab and preferably C++ is expected.

Only students with excellent grades and demonstrated English language proficiency need apply. The ideal candidate must have a minimum of B+ average and must have passed the TOEFL examination.

Other duties
The PhD student will be an important link between our team and our industrial partners involved in this project.

The candidate will be expected to start as soon as possible. However, applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

A generous compensation package will be offered which includes a competitive tax-free salary, free furnished housing and utilities and free health care.

Application Requirements
If interested, please provide us with your CV, two recommendation letters, and dates of availability.

Interested applicants should send their complete application packets to:

COHMAS administrator
Ros Harvey

Please copy (cc:) all applications to:

Dr. Gilles Lubineau (

Please use as subject for your email: PhD – Inverse Identification Based on Fulfilled Measurement

About KAUST and the COHMAS laboratory
The Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS) is located at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and forms part of the Physical Science and Engineering Division.
COHMAS develops and validates techniques to achieve the better design of composite materials based structures. Our general research activities cover:

• Multiscale damage modeling in composites: micromechanics, mesoscale damage mechanics for structural application, molecular mechanics, homogenization
• Computational strategies for multimodel problems: gluing techniques between models at different scales
• Inverse problems for the identification of material parameters based on full-fields measurements and computed tomography
• Mechanics of multiscale reinforced composites: nanoreinforced materials, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers
• Aging and degradation of composite structures submitted to severe environmental conditions

Every project we undertake seeks to develop an integrated approach to material analysis including advanced experimental characterization, advanced modeling and simulation.


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