Multi-scale testing and simulation of materials and surfaces

1 Post Doctoral Fellow position

(Deadline November 15th, 2017 12:00 Italian time - mezzogiorno ora italiana)


Experimental mechanics; Material testing; Materials science and enginnering


Experimental testing of materials and surfaces and interpretation of experimental results using the MUSAM-Lab facilities. Activities will focus both on fundamental and applied research, also in relation to the mission of technology transfer towards external companies. Moreover, a collaboration to the supervision of PhD students and a contribution to the PhD programmes of IMT might be requested


Prospective applicants should hold a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related areas. The applicant must show from his curriculum and list of publications a capacity to carry out experimental research in the laboratory for the characterization of mechanical properties of materials and surfaces using the following equipment available in the MUSAM-Lab, such as: scanning electron microscope equipped with a tensile stage for in situ mechanical testing; confocal profilometer for surface roughness characterization; universal testing machine for strength and fracture mechanics testing of materials and structural components; thermal infra-red and electroluminescence cameras for photovoltaic modules. Experience also in modelling, simulation and statistical methods, for the interpretation of experimental results, willbe a preferential requirement

Formal requirements:

Degree of doctor of philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering, or related areas, compulsory for the admission to the selection. Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken.


Specific requirements:

Experience in experimental testing in the laboratory as independent user with the following equipments: scanning electron microscope equipped with a tensile stage; confocal profilometer; universal testing machine; thermal infra-red and electroluminescence cameras. Experience also in modelling, simulation and statistical methods, for the interpretation of experimental results, will be a preferential requirement.

Research Area:
Computer Science and Systems Engineering
Research Unit:
MUSAM - Multi-scale Analysis of Materials
Type of contract:
Assegno di ricerca
Gross remuneration:



1 year

Full call:
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Director Decree Selection Committee:
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Official selection calendar:
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Preliminary shortlist:
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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 the research 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.