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PhD Candidate - Virtual Testing of Nano Modified Polymeric Materials for Airplane Interiors

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 in Mechanical Engineering at the Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS).

We seek a highly motivated candidate who will be involved in the analytical and numerical homogenization of nano modified polymeric materials. The end goal is to design a complete virtual platform which will allow the prediction of mechanical, thermal and electrical properties at a macro scale based on the retained formulation for the nano fillers and the polymeric system. The key words relating to the PhD are: homogenization, large- scale computing of RVEs, microstructure analysis, computational mechanics and up scaling. At the end of this PhD activity the student should have built a systematic homogenization tool to bridge the nanoformulation to the resulting effective properties.

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. A strong background in theoretical mechanics (continuum mechanics, up scaling techniques, mechanical behavior of engineering materials), applied maths and computing 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 including all grades relating to your graduate and undergraduate studies.

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 – Virtual Testing of Nanomodified Polymeric Materials for Airplane Interiors

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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