PhD Scholarship in Computational Fracture Modeling of Cellulose-based Gradient Materials

ETH Zurich is delighted to offer a PhD position in applied mathematics. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Chair of Wood Materials Science at the Institute for Building Materials has an opening for a new position.The objective of this project is to develop multiscale computational models of fracture propagation in delignified wood with material property gradients. Inspired by natural tissue structures of different biological role models, we pursue to improve toughness performance of the cellulose material. Simulation results will be compared to experimental results for validation and applied to improve design strategies. This approach will enable a better understanding of fundamental links across scales that govern fracture tolerance of complex materials and helps developing structural gradient materials with optimized toughness properties.

Prospective applicants hold an MSc in engineering, wood science, materials science or a related discipline. A strong background in solid mechanics, applied mathematics, and computational science is desirable. The candidate is expected to be fluent in English and to have programming experience. The successful candidate shows enthusiasm for conducting original research and strives for scientific excellence. The position is available with starting dates as soon as possible.

Deadline: As soon as possible
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