Phd Fellowship: “Investigation of interface and study of mechanical properties of smart composite materials”

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    Natural sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Phd Fellowship: “Investigation of interface and study of mechanical properties of smart composite materials”


The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences, Foundation of Research and Technology - Hellas, (FORTH/ICE-HT) is seeking applicants for one PhD fellowship in the context of the research project “Smart by Design and Intelligent by Architecture for turbine blade fan and structural components Systems”, with the acronym “SMART-FAN”, proposal ID: 760779-2. The project is implemented under the EU-Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Actions (RIA) and is financially supported by EC.


Job Description

To conduct research in the framework of the aforementioned project. SMARTFAN proposes the development of “smart” material and product architectures that will interact with their environment and react to stimuli by employing biomimetic, self-sensing, actuating and damage-repairing technologies. Their smartness is based on the use of, (i) low and high grade carbon fibres (CF), (ii) CF reinforced polymers (CFRPs) and (iii) nano-/micro- composites with special physicochemical properties, in order to develop smart (bulk) materials, applied on intelligent structures, as denoted by the DoA. The interfacial shear stress for various combinations depending on the material systems to be developed during the project will be expressed as a function of the transfer length parameter, which is a great tool for estimating interface quality and determining the most efficient combination of materials and surface treatments, among those studied. Part of the conducted research will also be conducted on testing large scale parts manufactured by the end users that participate in the project.


The potential candidate should be also responsible for the following main tasks:

  1. Conduct research related to interfacial and mechanical properties of composites, including composites with graphitic inclusions of several types (powder, flakes, fibres)

  2. Collaborate with other partners of the project

  3. Scientific supervision of undergraduate student


Location: FORTH/ICE-HT, Patras, Greece

Duration: 12 months, with the potential of renewal

Salary: up to 840 € per month

Envisaged starting date: 01/05/2018



Requirements and Qualifications

The candidates are required to hold a Natural Science School Diploma, preferably in Materials Science, and must be already registered as Postgraduate-PhD students in an academic institution. Moreover, the candidates must be fluent in Greek and English, in order to meet the working conditions. The appropriate candidate should have:

(a) Experience in the interface study and mechanical behavior of composites of such materials

(b) Analytical thinking

(c) Strong personality and good communication skills

(d) Be a flexible and reliable person


The evaluation of the candidacies will be based on the following criteria and qualifications:



Evaluation criteria

Diploma in Materials Science


Diploma Grade, courses in polymer and mechanics of composite materials

Proven lab experience in:

(i) Interface investigation of CFRP,

(ii) Mechanical behaviour of composite materials


Research experience in research groups active in the field of composites and mechanical behavior of materials

Research interests


Relevance, plans and potential


Application Submission

Interested candidates who meet the aforementioned requirements should submit their applications, no later than 26 March 2018, 14:00h., by email to Kleanthi Zacharopoulou: kleanthi@iceht.forth.gr

In order to be considered, the application must include:

  • Application letter

  • CV

  • Scanned copies of academic titles

  • Statement of research interests

Any application received after the deadline will not be considered for the selection.


Selection Procedure

Applications that are received on time will be evaluated by a scientific committee using the criteria mentioned above. If necessary, certain candidates will be invited to a personal interview with the committee.

The outcome of the selection will be announced on the website of FORTH/ICE-HT as well as on the website of “DIAVGEIA”.

The selected candidate will be notified and asked to accept the position within three (3) working days and to present all relevant documents that should match the submitted ones.



For information and questions regarding the application and selection procedure, candidates are asked to contact the FORTH/ICE-HT Research Secretariat, e-mail: kleanthi@iceht.forth.gr, tel.: +30 2610 965278.

For information and questions about the advertised position and the research activity of the group or the Institute, candidates are asked to contact Professor Costas Galiotis, tel: +30 2610 965255, e-mail: c.galiotis@iceht.forth.gr .


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