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PhD 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 2 PhD positions in Mechanical Engineering at the Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS, 

Position 1: local identification of material parameters using full-field measurement

Position 2: objective failure simulations through adaptive local/non-local coupling



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 candidate must have a minimum of A- 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 also be required to deliver regular reports related to the associated grant.


The candidate will be expected to start by Spring 2014. However, applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled. 

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 with potential start date. Names and contact information of three referees.

2- Short statement of previous work, title of the PhD fellowship you apply for,  and a description 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- Full transcripts from undergraduate and graduate studies.

Interested applicants should send their complete application packets to: 

Dr. Gilles Lubineau (

PLEASE USE as subject for your email: PhD 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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