PhD Scholarship in Architectured materials 2 (CNAM-DC2) - REDI (RMIT European Doctoral Innovators) Program

This is a 36-month research position (extendable up to 48 months) based in France at CNAM.

The position is funded by European Union under the MSCA COFUND Action: RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) program. The selected Researcher will be enrolled at RMIT University and the Hautes Écoles Sorbonne Arts et Métiers University (HESAM University) as a Doctoral Student. 

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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 the possession of a Doctoral Degree yet), who will be closely working with both RMIT University (Australia) and CNAM (France) on one of the following research projects:


Project 1: Multiphysics Modelling of Bioinspired Materials

This project will be focused on the understanding of mechanically coupled physical phenomena in biological materials and the design through bioinspiration of architectured materials exploiting such coupling between physics for engineering applications. While being mainly concerned by the computational implementation of multiphysics models and the determination of effective properties through homogenization, we will also develop convincing experiments to quantify the mechanical performance of the architectured materials of interest in this project. 

Research Fields: Modelling, solid mechanics, bioinspiration, additive manufacturing


Project 2: Laser-Architectured Light Alloys for Aerospace Applications

This project will focus on the modelling, design, & processing of architectured materials made of light alloys suitable for structural applications in aerospace and space launchers. It will include experimentally quantifying the applicability of localized laser heat treatment to light alloys such as Aluminium and Titanium based alloys, characterizing their microstructures, as well as testing of their mechanical properties. Finally computational models will be developed as guiding tools for the design of future aerospace structural components. 

Research Fields: Laser manufacturing, physical metallurgy, solids mechanics


Project 3: Temperature-Responsive Multipolymer Interlocking Materials

This project will develop new classes of architectured hybrid materials with improved mechanical and physical properties, notably impact strength and acoustic damping. They are based on the design and production of complex, topologically-interlocking shapes and multi-material structures using recent advances in 3D polymer printing. These ensembles are also designed to be held together by shape memory alloys and polymers, which can be stimulated to change their properties – and therefore those of the ensemble – by the application of heat. These materials target applications in protective wear, as well as noise and vibration abatement. 

Research Fields: Additive manufacturing, solid mechanics, composite materials

The Researcher will be supervised by Dr. Justin Dirrenberger (CNAM) and Dr. Andrey Molotnikov (RMIT).

The Researcher will be based at CNAM (France) for at least 36-month and will be awarded a dual PhD by Hautes Écoles Sorbonne Arts et Métiers University (HESAM University) and RMIT. 

The remuneration, in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders, will consist of a gross annual salary of est. 28800 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. 2.100 EUR net per month. However, the definite amount to be received by the Researcher is subject to national tax legislation.


Benefits include:

  • 50% public transport subscription
  • 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 

One position valued at up to 28800 EUR per annum for 3 years full time, with possibility for 12 month extension.

Applications open 20th July 2022. 

Applications close 19th 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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