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Postdoctoral Candidate - Multi-Functional Nano Modified Polyeric 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 Postdoctoral fellow 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 a systematic experimental investigation of nano reinforced polymers. The objective is to have a complete overview of the experimental relationships between the choice of nano formulation (types of nanoparticles, geometrical properties, network statistics) and their macroscopic properties (mechanical, thermal and electrical). This involves an extensive experimental characterization using the following expertise: DMA, DSC, TGA, Thermal measurements, electrical Measurement, SEM, TEM, DSC and nanotomography.

Please contact us for a further description of the project.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering / Material Science or other relevant discipline and must have several years’ experience and a strong background in experimental solid mechanics for polymeric materials. Previous experience in carbon nano tubes/ carbon nano fibers reinforced polymers (thermoset and thermoplastic) is expected, as well as significant experience in various experimental characterization techniques.

A high level of self-motivation, professional competence and a good command of oral and written English, PC skills, the ability to work in a team as well as alone, and good organizational skills are essential.

Other duties
The Postdoctoral fellow will be actively engaged in student mentoring (directed research, master thesis students).

He / She will also be in charge of developing further the experimental facilities of the laboratory. The candidate will also be required to deliver regular reports related to the associated Industrial grant.

1 year, renewable up to three years by mutual agreement.

The candidate is expected to join the team as soon as a successful interview has been completed. The deadline for the submission of applications is the 21st of September 2012.


In addition to a competitive salary (no tax is paid in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
The successful candidate will enjoy a generous benefit package including medical/dental insurance, on- campus free housing, K-12 schools, paid airfare (at start and end of contract) and outstanding recreational facilities.

Application Requirements
Application requirements are as below:
1. Detailed CV including list of publications, awards, with potential start date
2. Short statement of previous work, and a description of their research project
(no more than one A4 page).
3. Three professional reference letters.
4. Slides from a recent presentation in a conference or seminar.

Interested applicants should send their complete application packets to:

COHMAS administrator
Ros Harvey

Please copy (cc:) all applications to:
Dr. Gilles Lubineau (

Please use the following as the subject of your email: Post Doc Application – Experimental Investigations of Modified Polymeric Materials

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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