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Fully funded PhD position at Polytechnique Montréal in collaboration with Safran

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The Laboratory for Multiscale Mechanics (LM2) ( in the Department of Mechanical Engineering ( at Polytechnique Montreal seeks outstanding candidates for a PhD position in the interdisciplinary field of advanced manufacturing of high performance metal alloys. The successful candidates will join a vibrant and collaborative environment within the LM2 research group. The candidates will be involved in a 4-year collaborative project between a diversified academic research team (i.e., LM2 and prof. Sylvain Turenne) at Polytechnique Montreal and the industrial partner, Safran S.A, France. The project focuses on the effect of disruptive surface treatment techniques on the fatigue lives of industrial aerospace materials.


Sought profile

Strong background materials / mechanical engineering. Hands-on attitude towards mechanical testing, microstructural observations and process application. 


Financial support for recruited students

The annual salary will be of $21,000, tax free.


How to apply

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. Hongyan Miao 

Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Polytechnique Montreal


About LM2

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 persons (professors, research associates, technicians, postdoctoral fellows, PhD and 4 Masters students), as well as several international interns from all over the world (China, Australia, Ireland, France). LM2promotes diversity and equity within a lively and open minded environment.


About Safran

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 58,000 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; avionics and electronics; electrical systems; engineering.


In 2015, SAFRAN inaugurated SAFRAN Tech, its dedicated research center, to complement the R&T works done by Group businesses. SAFRAN seeks to improve its competitiveness in its high technology markets by increasing its capacity to ensure long-term innovation through upstream research and fostering transversality between the different businesses of the Group. SAFRAN Tech currently consists of more than 300 researchers, among which 53% have a PhD and 15% are PhD students.


About the city of Montreal

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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