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PhD positions in Computational Contact and Fracture Mechanics at IMT Lucca, Italy

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PhD positions in Computational Mechanics - Fracture and Contact Mechanics

We just opened at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca a call for PhD students for the next cycle of the PhD Programme in Systems Science, Track Computer Science and Systems Engineering.

People interested in computational mechanics and tribology should mention MUSAM -Multi-scale Analysis of Materials- in their motivation letter and in the online form.

The deadline is June 30, 2021. A short list of candidates admitted to the interviews will be published by the end of July. Interviews will take place from the 1st to the 10th of September 2021. The enrollment date is planned in the first week of November 2021. Applicants that expect to earn their master degree by October 31 are also eligible.

You can find all the details and the link to the application here:

Link to the call instructions:

Direct link to the application form:

I kindly ask you to disseminate this job opportunity to your friends and your network that could be interested in pursuing a PhD in one of the six Italian schools for advanced studies. We promote internationality (we already host about 40% of international PhD students, all living in the Campus' facilities) and research periods abroad (usually 6 months, supported by a 50% increase of the scholarship). We provide a scholarship of 15348 Euro/year, plus we offer accommodation inside the Campus' residence and meals at the local canteen. The selection procedure is on a competitive basis and we strongly promote gender balance and equal opportunities.

We are strongly looking for motivated people.

Best regards,

Marco Paggi,


Research Unit MUSAM website:

Laboratory facilities:

Some key publications of the MUSAM team:

M Paggi, D Hills (2020) Modeling and Simulation of Tribological Problems in Technology, Springer

J Bonari, M Paggi (2020) Viscoelastic Effects during Tangential Contact Analyzed by a Novel Finite Element Approach with Embedded Interface Profiles, Lubricants 8 (12), 107

Bonari J, Marulli MR, Hagmeyer N, Mayr M, Popp A, Paggi M (2020) A multi-scale FEM-BEM formulation for contact mechanics between rough surfaces, Computational Mechanics, vol. 65, p. 731-749

M Paggi, J Reinoso (2020) A variational approach with embedded roughness for adhesive contact problems, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures 27 (20), 1731-1747

H Zarei, MR Marulli, M Paggi, R Pietrogrande, C Üffing, P Weißgraeber (2020) Adherend surface roughness effect on the mechanical response of silicone-based adhesive joints, Engineering Fracture Mechanics 240, 107353

M Paggi, A Amicarelli, P Lenarda (2020) SPH modelling of hydrodynamic lubrication: laminar fluid flow–structure interaction with no-slip conditions for slider bearings, Computational Particle Mechanics, 1-15

Vakis AI et al. (2018) Modeling and simulation in tribology across scales: An overview, TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol. 125, p. 169-199

M Paggi, J Reinoso (2017) Revisiting the problem of a crack impinging on an interface: a modeling framework for the interaction between the phase field approach for brittle fracture and the interface cohesive zone model, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 321, 145-172

J Reinoso, M Paggi, C Linder (2017) Phase field modeling of brittle fracture for enhanced assumed strain shells at large deformations: formulation and finite element implementation, Computational Mechanics 59 (6), 981-1001

J Reinoso, A Arteiro, M Paggi, PP Camanho (2017) Strength prediction of notched thin ply laminates using finite fracture mechanics and the phase field approach, Composites Science and Technology 150, 205-216

M Paggi, R Pohrt, VL Popov (2014) Partial-slip frictional response of rough surfaces, Scientific Reports 4 (1), 1-6

M Paggi, P Wriggers (2012) Stiffness and strength of hierarchical polycrystalline materials with imperfect interfaces, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 60 (4), 557-572

M Paggi, JR Barber (2011) Contact conductance of rough surfaces composed of modified RMD patches, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 54 (21-22), 4664-4672

M Ciavarella, JA Greenwood, M Paggi (2008) Inclusion of “interaction” in the Greenwood and Williamson contact theory, Wear 265 (5-6), 729-734

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