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Post doctoral fellowships and PhD positions at Polytechnique Montréal on advanced composites

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The Laboratory for Multiscale Mechanics (LM2) ( in the Department of Mechanical Engineering ( at Polytechnique Montreal seeks outstanding candidates for 2 PhD positions and 1 postdoctorate in the interdisciplinary field of advanced manufacturing of high performance polymer composites. The successful candidates will join a vibrant and collaborative environment within the LM2research group, co-directed by Prof. Daniel Therriault, Prof. Martin Levesque and Prof. Frederick Gosselin. The candidates will be involved in multidisciplinary projects covering both experiments and numerical modeling for the design, manufacturing and characterization of fiber-reinforced polymer composites using advanced additive manufacturing technologies and also popular resin transfer molding (RTM) processes for aerospace applications.  



Project #1:Collaborative project with the industrial partner, Safran S.A., France

1-   PhD-#1

Research topic: Development of honeycomb structural elements featuring high mechanical performance and complex geometries by FDM 3D printing technology

Area of expertise / Essential qualifications: Hands-on attitude, materials science background, basic knowledge on polymer composites, familiar with polymer characterization methods (e.g., tensile testing, rheology, microscopy observations, etc.), knowledge on 3D printing of polymers is an asset.


2-   PDF-#1

Research topic: Predict and validate the distortion of an industrial, full scale, 3D reinforced thermoset composite structural part

Area of expertise / Essential qualifications: Strong knowledge in modeling and simulation related to RTM process, hands-on attitude, high knowledge on polymer composites and their characterization (mechanical, microscopy)


Project #2:Research project as part of Prof. Therriault’s core research program (NSERC Discovery: Advanced additive manufacturing of multifunctional composites)

3-   PhD-#2

Research topic: Development of multifunctional nanocomposite materials via multi-material and multi-process approaches 

Area of expertise / Essential qualifications: Hands-on attitude, materials science background, extensive experience in 3D printing, basic knowledge on polymers and polymer composites, knowledge on sensors and piezoelectric materials is an asset.



The annual salaries for PhD students and the postdoctoral fellows will be $21,000 and $60,000 (including benefits), respectively.



Successful candidates will be expected to carry out the tasks of their positions with a dynamic and creative approach. In particular, they will be expected to:

-       Carry out their research projects under the supervision of the professors,

-      Participate in meetings (i.e., individually with the supervisors, LM2group meeting, teleconference and in-person meetings with the industrial partner) and other activities,

-       Prepare technical reports write scientific papers, etc. 




Candidates should submit an application package consisting of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a copy of their best research contribution (journal papers, conference proceedings, if possible) and the names and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Rouhollah D. Farahani 

Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Polytechnique Montreal,



The research at LM2focuses on metals, polymers, polymer composites, nanocomposites and microsystems. It covers manufacturing, service performance, fluid-structure interactions and mechanical instabilities. Highly qualified personnel is trained in conducting high-risk, high-performance fundamental research as well as industrial research with numerous SMEs, as well as with local and international OEMs in the fields of aerospace, microsystems and energy. Our research uses theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches, and often their combination. The LM2lab hosts many equipment and facilities related to design, processing, manufacturing and characterization of nano, micro, and macro-systems including, but not limited to, several commercial 3D printers, dispensing robots, mixing equipment (e.g., micro-extruder, 3-roll mill mixer), optical microscopes, and several tensile machines. The LM2currently consists of approximately 40 permanent members (professors, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, PhD and Masters students, and technicians, as well as many international interns from all over the world. LM2promotes diversity and equity within a lively and open minded environment.


ABOUT SAFRAN (industrial partner of Project #1)

SAFRAN is an international high-technology group operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, as well as in space and defense markets. SAFRAN has a global presence, with more than 70,000 employees worldwide, and logged sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. Comprising a number of companies, SAFRAN holds, alone or in partnership, world or European leadership positions in its markets: aircraft and helicopter engines; engine equipment; nacelles; landing and breaking systems, etc.



Polytechnique Montreal is within the campus of University of Montreal, which is close to downtown Montreal. Montreal has a very rich history and is a gorgeous, bilingual (French, English), multicultural, live city in the Canadian province of Quebec with a population of above 2 millions. The city is also known as “fun city” with many touristic attractions in the city and beautiful nature all around. The city is host to several Festivals (Jazz, just for laugh) mostly in summers and many other activities and events.  

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