PhD Position in Mechanical Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium

Expires on: 06/30/2024


The research group Materials Science and Technology-DyMaLab is looking for a PhD researcher to contribute to ongoing research on advanced materials used by the automotive and aeronautical industry. These materials include advanced high strength steels, lightweight alloys, polymer composites, nanocomposites, etc. which might be prone to impact or, more generally, high speed deformation processes.

Main aim of the PhD is to obtain an enhanced understanding of the impact-dynamic mechanical properties of materials, including the microstructural factors lying at the origin of the observed behaviour. Understanding these properties will result in a better prediction of high speed forming processes, the crashworthiness of car components and impact incidents in the aeronautical industry.


  •  You have a master’s degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or civil engineering. Materials science, with a strong focus on the mechanical behaviour of materials, must have been an important part of your curriculum.
  • You have a keen interest in materials, including how their properties can be identified and modelled.
  • You are familiar with materials testing and you do not fear experimental work, including the use of advanced measuring equipment such as high-speed cameras and microscopes.
  • You are familiar with mathematical packages such as Matlab, Python programming, and preferably also a finite element package.
  • You have an independent, problem-solving, organised and result-oriented attitude.
  • You have been a hard-working and dedicated student, proven by your study results.
  • You have the necessary social skills, flexibility and critical thinking ability to function in a multidisciplinary and international academic environment.
  • Good knowledge of English (reading, writing and speaking) is required.

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