Multi-physics fracture mechanics of composite materials for energy devices

1 Post Doctoral Fellow position


Elasticity theory, Mechanics of thermo-diffusive elastic media, Homogenization theory, Composite materials for energy devices


Participation in the research activities of the ERC Starting Grant CA2PVM related to the development of multi-physics computational models for the study of the durability and performance of standard and innovative photovoltaic modules. In particular, research activities regard:

  • Mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of fracture problems in materials for energy devices in the presence of diffusive phenomena.
  • Numerical analysis and solution techniques for partial differential equations governing coupled problems in multi-physics.
  • Application of homogenization theory to composite materials for energy devices.
  • Stochastic processes in solid mechanics.
  • General activities of support to the Institute research and supervision of PhD students
Formal requirements:

Master in engineering or physics. Doctorate in structural mechanics, physics, or related areas. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.

Research Area:
Computer Science and Applications
Research Unit:
MUSAM - Multi-scale Analysis of Materials

one year renevable up to the end of the ERC Grant

Full call:
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Director Decree Selection Committee:
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Calendar latest update:

December 17th, 2015 - 14.30 p.m. - Piazza San Francesco, 19 Lucca

Official selection calendar:
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Preliminary shortlist:
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Final decree:
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Recruitment Program Principles and Standards

Selection procedure and criteria

Selection procedure conditions are transparent and are based on international standards.


A Selection Committee, appointed by the Director, assesses all applications on the basis online application info and - if provided - reference letters.Shortlisted candidates, selected on the basis of the preliminary analysis, are invited for a research presentation at IMT. Travel expenses to Lucca for theresearch presentation interview will not be reimbursed.

Selection Criteria

The evaluation criteria are based on: Quality of research activity, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and references; Research organization experience and participation in international/national research projects and research periods in public and private institutions (academic and non-academic);Relevance of the candidate's profile for the development of IMT's research activities; Teaching, mentoring and supervision experience; Motivation; Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken; As well as any other requirements as specified in the advertisement.


Apply ONLINE only.

Before starting prepare the application attachments and information as listed below.


  • Personal info and contact info (compulsory)
  • Number of your Identity Document (Passport or Identity Card) (compulsory)
  • University degree (compulsory) and Ph.D. (obtained, or "ongoing")
  • Name, position, institution and email address of three referees (compulsory)
  • An email, with the appropriate instructions to upload the reference letters will be automatically generated and sent to your referees.


  • Your CV in English (compulsory);
  • One research paper (published or working paper): compulsory.
    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present this research paper in the final stage of the selection.