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PhD position in Composite Metamaterials Processing in Zürich

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A PhD position in Composite Metamaterials Processing is available in the Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures (CMASLab) at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT).

Project background

CMASLab is interested in developing scalable technologies for adaptable aerospace structures. Mechanical metamaterials composed of highly anisotropic composite materials are a promising approach towards the realization of structures that are simultaneous lightweight, deformable, and load carrying. However, this methodology necessitates the development of efficient and scalable manufacturing processes capable of creating complex metamaterial geometries.

Job description

The objective of the research is to leverage advanced manufacturing approaches for the creation of complex geometries made of ultra-thin fiber reinforced polymer composites. The work will address the efficiency and scalability of the developed processes in order to provide a path towards technology transfer to the aerospace industry. To support this goal, the developed methodology will be applied to a meter-scale demonstrator of a shape adaptable aerospace structure. The challenges associated with the project are expected to be the integration of additive manufacturing techniques with composite fabrication, achieving high composite quality, and reducing process complexity. The candidate is expected to collaborate with other members of CMASLab working on the development of the metamaterial geometries.

Your profile

To strengthen our international and interdisciplinary research team, we are looking for an outstanding candidate with a degree in engineering (mechanical, aerospace) or an equivalent research related field. Applicants should have a strong background in fiber reinforced polymers composites as well as experience with their fabrication. Furthermore, applicants with experience in the development of additive manufacturing technologies are sought. Applicants should be interested in a combined experimental and numerical approach to the research. Prospective candidates will be part of an international and interdisciplinary research team and expected to be highly motivated, passionate about science, and collaborative.

ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • names of at least two references

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Application review will continue until the position is filled.

Further information about the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering can be found at: . For additional information about the Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures, please visit our website at: . For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Maria Sakovsky, email: msakovsky@ethz.ch (please do not send applications directly to this email).

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