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PhD position – Czech Technical University in Prague


PhD position is available in Flash X-ray radiography for impact/penetration experiments


We are seeking a highly talented and motivated researcher to work within our impact dynamics group to work in the field of experimental investigation of the dynamic response of metamaterials in moderate and high-velocity impacts. Experimental investigation utilizing gas-gun impact experiments and Open Hopkinson Pressure Bar (OHBP) technique will be used to study new composite materials and 3D printed structures at high velocity impacts. To study the deformation response of the metamaterials under impactors our Flash X-ray (FXR) radiography will be used. This post is based in Prague, Czech Republic and is available for 3 years with a possible 1 year extension.


You will be expected to work within a research group of Professor Ondrej Jirousek in a strong group of young and motivated researchers.


Our Laboratory for dynamic testing of materials and structures (DYNLAB) operates two setups of Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) and Open Hopkinson Pressure Bar (OHPB) and newly established 300 kV Flash X-ray radiography system which is used to capture projectile-target interaction at various time intervals.


The candidate is expected to conduct and evaluate impact/penetration experiments of given metamaterials at various impact velocities and capture the plastic deformation and failure of the samples at different time intervals while penetrating the target with a projectile. He or she will be involved in commissioning of the FXR system within the DYNLAB. A part of the work should be oriented at numerical simulations of the impact event using commercial FE code LS-DYNA and comparison of the results of numerical simulations with the experimental FXR images.


The Ph.D. candidate will be a member of a strong research group of young and highly motivated scientists, mainly Ph.D. students and young postdocs.


The candidate is expected to hold a MSc title (or equivalent) in engineering, materials science, mathematics, physics or a related discipline. Experience with SHPB (Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar) experimental technique is advantageous. Basic knowledge in digital image analysis (digital image correlation) is a plus. You will be expected to analyze and interpret high strain rate and gas gun experiments.


Informal inquiries may be addressed to prof. Ondrej Jirousek


You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how your past experience fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The applicants should send the following materials to and place PhD applicant k618 in the subject of the email with following:


  • Cover letter (summarizing professional background, achievements, and motivations)

  • CV (including list related courses, publications, presentations, projects, language skills and other relevant information)

  • Transcripts

  • At least one representative publication


Only applications received before 12.00AM on August 31, 2020 will be considered.


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