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Call of interest - Post-doc position at IMT Lucca on computational mechanics for photovoltaic applications

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This is a call of interest for a post-doc position (1 year renewable up to 3 years) at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy (, in the field of computational damage and fracture mechanics. The activities are in the framework of the ERC Starting Grant IDEAS "Multi-field and multi-scale Computational Approach to design and durability of Photovoltaic Modules" (Prof. Paggi, Principal Investigator).

For more details about the project, see:

and for the research unit Multiscale analysis of materials - MUSAM:


Computational fracture and damage mechanics models for silicon photovoltaics


- Development of new damage mechanics and fracture mechanics models for modelling fracture in mono or polycrystalline silicon solar cells.

- Implementation of the models in the finite element analysis programme FEAP.

- Numerical simulations of photovoltaic modules in multi-physics, including the effect of thermo-mechanical deformations and comparison with experimental results.

- General support to the research/didactic activities of the research unit.

Required skills:

- Excellent track record of publications in computational mechanics;

- Programming in Fortran;

- Documented experience in implementing user element subroutines in FEAP, ABAQUS or similar finite element software.

Salary and benefits:

A competitive salary at the European level will be provided. Benefits include the accommodation inside the university campus

for up to 1 month from the job starting date and lunch and dinner in the university canteen for the whole scholarship duration.

Date of appointment:

As soon as possible, presumably by Spring 2014 (February or March 2014).

Please send your statement of interest by email to:

Prof. Marco Paggi


- detailed CV;

- full list of publications;

- 3 selected articles published in international journals (possibly related to the topic of the call).

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