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Post Doctoral Openings - COHMAS Laboratory, Kaust

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The Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites applications for 5 Postdoctoral fellows in Mechanical Engineering at the Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS, 

Position 1: modeling of degradation in flexible electronics

Position 2: non-destructive testing using impedance tomography

Position 3: 3D imaging applications for large scale identification

Position 4: high performance computing of nano structured materials

Position 5: integrity of intermediary scale composite structures

We seek highly motivated candidates who will be involved in challenging projects in various fields (see titles above, please contact us for a further description of each project). Most of these include both experimental and computational requirements (except for Project 4 that is purely computational oriented) and are part of international academic or industrial collaboration agreements. 


Depending of the project, the successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Material Science or other relevant discipline. He (She) must have a strong background in one or more of the following fields: experimental solid mechanics, fracture and damage mechanics, polymeric materials, X-Ray tomography and large data manipulation, multi-physics modeling or characterization, impedance tomography, homogenization and microstructure generation, full-field measurements. For any position, an in-depth knowledge of theoretical mechanics is a firm requirement. 

A high level of self-motivation, strong publication record, 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, Masters thesis students). He / She will also be in charge of developing further the facilities of the laboratory. The candidate will also be required to deliver regular reports related to the associated 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 31st of July 2013, but the position can be closed earlier if a suitable candidate is found.


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

Only applications providing all application requirements will be considered further. Applicant requirements are as below. They should be numbered and attached to the application in that order:


1- Detailed CV including list of publications, awards, with potential start date. Names and contact information of three referees.

2- Short statement of previous work, title of the post-doc fellowship you apply for,  and a description of your vision and of your research vision on that field (no more than one A4 page).

3- Three professional references.

4- Slides from a recent presentation in a conference or seminar.

5- Pdf of a recent publication considered by the candidate as being representative of his research work.

Interested applicants should send their complete application packets to: 

Dr. Gilles Lubineau (

PLEASE USE as subject for your email: Post Doc Application – COHMAS 2013

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, homogeneization

- 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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