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Postdoctoral Position in Micromechanics and Fatigue of Natural Composites, at Risø National Laboratory, Denmark

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a Postdoc/Research Scientist position in the framework of a Danish/Nepalese collaborative research project, in the Materials Research Department of Risø National Laboratory, Denmark 

Job description: As a postdoc/scientist, you will carry out numerical micromechanical modelling of fatigue processes in wood. The theme of the project is the computational analysis of the effect of microstructures of natural materials (wood), coatings and other microscale parameters on their fatigue resistance and lifetime under cyclic loading. The experiments and verification of results will be carried out in collaboration with project partners in Kathmandu, Nepal. The deliverables of the project should include the development of recommendations for the improvement of the reliability of wind turbine blades, produced from coated wood in Nepal, as well as extracting “lessons from nature” to be used in the improvement of polymer matrix fiber reinforced composites for wind energy applications.  

Qualifications: You are expected to have a PhD. degree in materials science, applied mechanics, mechanical engineering or related disciplines, and have an experience or very good knowledge of mechanics of composite materials, damage mechanics and/or fatigue of materials, and finite element simulations (preferably, ABAQUS and PATRAN). Further, you are expected to have knowledge (or practical experience) in mechanical testing of materials, and programming in a higher-level language (C, Fortran). Knowledge and experience in computational micromechanics of materials, fatigue of fiber reinforced composites or natural materials and  biomimicking concepts will be advantageous.  

Terms of employment : You will be employed in accordance with the terms valid for scientific staff at Risø National Laboratory. The period of employment is 3 years, with possibility of extension. Start 1. July 2007.  

Application: If you are interested in the position, you should send your application (in English), including CV, list of publications, statement of interest, as well as reference letters or names of referees to Risø National Laboratory, Materials Research Dept., Dr.-Ing. habil. Leon Mishnaevsky Jr.,  AFM-228, P.O. Box 49, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark.Applications are invited as soon as possible. 

Further information: You are welcome to contact Senior Scientist, Dr.-Ing. habil.  Leon Mishnaevsky Jr.  for more information by Email: You can read more about Risø and the Materials Research Department at:

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