Modelling, testing and simulation of the effect of roughness on mechanical response of adhesive joints

1 Post Doctoral Fellow position
(Deadline January 2nd, 2019 12:00 )

Adhesives; Roughness; Nonlinear finite element method; Experimental testing; Confocal profilometry


The activities concern the experimental characterization of surface roughness using confocal profilometry towards modelling and simulation of its effect on the mechanical behaviour of adhesive joints between polymers (1st year of the project) or metals (2nd year of the project), using an innovative nonlinear finite element approach. The research will be mainly carried out in the MUSAM-Lab of the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, in tight cooperation with research and development divisions of Robert Bosch GmbH which are financially supporting the position. Mutual visits and participation to international conferences are expected, as well as the contribution to research and PhD education programmes at IMT Lucca


Perspective applicants must hold a PhD in mechanics, materials science, or related areas.The applicant must show from his/her curriculum and publications experience in computational mechanics. Experience in experimental testing, modelling and characterization of adhesives is beneficial, as well as a good knowledge of contact mechanics and fracture mechanics modeling. The ability to interact with researchers from academia and industry is a prerequisite.

Formal requirements

Master of science in Engineering or Materials Science; PhD in Mechanics, Materials Science or related areas. Excellent knowledge of English.

Specific requirements

Research experience on the finite element method, possibly for adhesive joints or fracture mechanics. Ability in implementing user element subroutines in finite element programmes will constitute a preferential title. Willingness to perform experiments


Effect of roughness on adhesion of surfaces (financed by Robert Bosch GmbH)

Gross amount



1 year

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Assegno di ricerca

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.