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Postdoc position: experimental fracture mechanics of meta-materials in Zürich

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80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Chair of Computational Mechanics of Building Materials in the Institute for Building Materials at ETH Zurich has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in experimental fracture mechanics of meta-materials. The position is available with starting date of 1st April 2023 or soon thereafter.

Project background

The Chair of Computational Mechanics of Building Materials conducts research at the interface between mechanics, materials and scientific computing. Research activities are focused on modelling the link between micro- to mesoscale properties of engineering and biological materials and their macroscale mechanical performance. The centre of our interests is on dynamic fracture, earthquake source mechanics, topologically interlocked materials, early-age structural build-up of cement, corrosion-induced cracking in concrete, and granular material mechanics. The overall objective is a fundamental understanding of the multi-scale and multi-physical mechanics of materials and the development of predictive numerical tools for the mechanical failure of materials and structures.

Job description

This position is part of a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which will support a total of four researchers, and focuses on the development of interfaces with unconventional mechanical properties. This postdoc position will focus on the fracture properties of meta-materials. The objective is to introduce interfaces into architected materials by locally modifying the mesostructure of 3D-printed material specimens and testing their mechanical properties. Different approaches for generating interfaces will be explored and evaluated. You will be responsible for the development of the experimental testing procedure and its application to test for the fracture properties of laboratory-manufactured meta-material specimens. This postdoc position provides opportunities to co-lead a research project, co-supervise graduate students, and to establish and lead collaborations with research partners.


Your profile
  • You hold a PhD degree in mechanics, material science, physics or a related discipline and have a background in experimental mechanics.
  • Ideally, you have some experience in developing and implementing experimental testing procedures, and you are familiar with mechanical meta-materials.
  • Additionally, you have excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) and you look forward to working independently in an interdisciplinary and international research team. We encourage applications from enthusiastic and dedicated individuals.
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We offer

ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

We value diversity
In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.
Curious? So are we.

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

  • a CV
  • a list of publications
  • a brief statement of research interest
  • the names and contact details of two references

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the chair can be found on our . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. David Kammer by email dkammer@ethz.ch (no applications).

We explicitly encourage qualified female candidates to apply.

About ETH Zürich
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.

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