PhD Scholarship in Additive manufacturing (CIMNE-DC1) - REDI (RMIT European Doctoral Innovators) Program

This is a 36-month research position (extendable up to 48 months) based in Spain at CIMNE and UPC. The position is funded by European Unionunder the MSCA COFUND Action: RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) program. The selected Researcher will be enrolled at RMIT University and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) as a Doctoral Student.

See more at REDI program and Cimne.


REDI is a unique PhD training program offering industry-supported positions with excellent salaries, enviable international experiences including a residential year in Melbourne, Australia and annual workshop weeks in Barcelona, Spain, top-class training as well as networking with academic and industry leaders across 60+ supporting partners.

REDI is looking for one Researcher (with less than 4 years of research experience and not in thepossession of a Doctoral Degree yet), who will be closely working with RMIT University(Australia), CIMNE (Spain) and UPC (Spain) on one of the following research projects:

Project 1: Thermo-metallurgical modelling for AM processes

The project will focus on the thermo-metallurgical coupling for additive manufacturing (AM) process simulation at melt-pool and at component scale level. Direct-Energy-Deposition (DED) will be used as the main AM technology. The key objective is to develop a numerical model to predict the microstructure evolution including phases, grain size and mechanical properties induced by the thermal cycles due to the AM process. Moreover, its relationship with the material strength will be investigated. 

Project 2: Thermo-mechanical modelling of WAAM process

Wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) is a directed energy deposition (DED) AM process that uses an electric arc as a heat source to melt a wire feedstock. The WAAM process is capable of producing thin-walled components and is relevant for many industries, such as aerospace, automotive and marine. This PhD project will focus on the thermo-mechanical modelling linking the processing parameters and resultant mechanical properties and defect formation.

Project 3: Modelling of multi-material L-PBF process

Multi-material additive manufacturing using laser-based powder bed fusion (L-PBF) has the potential to disrupt the manufacturing of multi-material parts and enable local tailoring of mechanical and functional properties. In this PhD project, the candidate will develop thermomechanical models to investigate the formation of interfaces and study the complex melt flow in metal-metal composites.

Research Fields: Computational mechanics, Advanced manufacturing and mechatronics, Applied science, Mechanical and Automotive engineering, Distributed Computing.

The Researcher will be supervised by Prof. Michele Chiumenti (CIMNE), A/Prof. AndreyMolotnikov (RMIT) and Prof Raj Das (RMIT).

The Researcher will be based at CIMNE and UPC (Spain) for at least 36-month. 

The remuneration, in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders, will consist of a gross annual salary of est. 25.898 EUR gross per year (gross amount before employee’s taxes and contributions). Of this amount, the estimated net salary to be perceived by the Researcher is est. 1.704 EUR net per month. However, the definite amount to be received by the Researcher is subject to national tax legislation.

Benefits include:

  • 23 days paid holiday leave
  • Sick leave
  • Parental leave
  • The candidate will have access to HPC CIMNE computational cluster and also have access to the experimental facilities at RMIT Centre for Additive Manufacturing.
  • 1,000€ yearly travel allowance to cover flights and accommodation to participate in the annual workshop at RMIT Europe in Barcelona (Spain)
  • 10,000€ allowance to cover flights and living expenses for up to 12 months in Australia

For more details, please see the Doctoral School website.

1 Position valued at up to 25.898 EUR per annum for 3 years full time, with possibility for 48-month extension.

Open now. 

The application will close on 19 September 2022.

One scholarship available. 

To apply for REDI, you must comply with the MSCA-COFUND eligibility criteria by the application deadline:  

  • Be in the first four years (Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) research experience of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. FTE Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, AND 
  • Not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your research host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before this call’s deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays is not taken into account. 

AND the following criteria:

  • Hold a master’s OR equivalent degree (for example bachelor’s degree with honours) in a discipline related to the research project of your choice, including a research component that allows you to enrol in a university doctoral programme by January 2023, AND
  • Have evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or professional experience demonstrating that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the chosen project.  AND  
  • Have English level C1 language proficiency. 

In addition to the above, if your application is successful, you will be required to: 

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