Multi-physics fracture mechanics of composite materials for energy devices

1 Post Doctoral Fellow position
(Deadline December 7th, 2015 12:00 )

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.

Gross amount



one year renevable up to the end of the ERC Grant

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Full call
Calendar latest update

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

Preliminary shortlist
Preliminary shortlist
Final decree

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.