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Post-Doctoral Openings at COHMAS Laboratory, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Mechanical integrity of bio-inspired composites

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, 

Field of study

We are willing to explore highly innovative ideas in field of bio-inspired materials and interfaces. The candidate will be responsible for designing, processing and characterizing the behavior to damage and failure of specific micro-structured interfaces and fiber-reinforced polymers.

The project will include both experimental and computational key components:

  • Extensive literature reviews about state of the art bio-inspired strategies for interface patterning and bulk micro-structure tailorization.
  • Definition of concept samples and microstructures, as well as of the associated processing techniques
  • Characterization of interlaminar toughness, surface degradation patterns and dissipation mechanisms for the different configurations.
  • Simulation of the different microstructure in view of explaining the observed behavior and derive key design conclusions.


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, bio-inspired materials, 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 2014, 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.

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 plan on that field (the document does not need to be extensive - no more than one A4 page – but should be very high quality. It should clearly highly a vision of the candidate in the field, a prior understanding of the related literature and the definition of key steps towards innovative results in the field. Special care should be given by the candidate to this document, which is a key element of the decision process towards recruitment).

3) Names and contact information of three referees.

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 package to: Dr. Gilles Lubineau ( (with a systematic cc to :

PLEASE USE as subject for your email: Post Doc Application – COHMAS 2014


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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