Postdoctoral Researcher in Mechanics of Lattice Materials
Aalto University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Postdoctoral Researcher in Mechanics of Lattice Materials



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The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for


Postdoctoral Researcher in Mechanics of Lattice Materials

Lattice materials are interconnected arrays of struts, like honeycombs, and they possess remarkable properties: they are among the stiffest, strongest and lightest materials available today. Lattices have a major advantage over conventional engineering materials: their topology can be designed to achieve new and unique combinations of mechanical properties.


Project description

The position is part of the Academy of Finland project “Micro-architectured materials for high toughness” led by Assistant Professor Luc St-Pierre. The objective of this project is to design novel lattices that combine high fracture toughness and high strength at low densities.  To achieve this, you will be expected to perform a combination of finite element simulations and mechanical tests on lattices manufactured by 3D printing. You will also work closely with a doctoral student, and collaborate with partners at the University of Cambridge.


What we offer

You will be joining a growing research group where you will be able to influence the direction of the research project.  You will have a flexible schedule, and be surrounded by smart colleagues from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills through research and staff training programs. Finally, you will enjoy one of the best quality of life in the world: Helsinki is amongst the most liveable cities in the world, and Finland is well known for its great work-life balance and family-friendly policies.



The applicants should have a doctoral degree from a relevant field.  A strong background in structural and solid mechanics is necessary. Experience in both mechanical testing and finite element simulations (preferably with the software Abaqus) is highly desirable. There is flexibility regarding the proportion of experimental and numerical work in this project and therefore, candidates who have a strong background in one aspect, but are relatively inexperienced in the other are also encouraged to apply. Excellent skills in spoken and written English are required.



The position is for two years, starting in October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  The starting salary is approximately €3600/month (before tax), and the position includes occupational health care benefits.


How to apply

Applications should be submitted online through the link provided below, and include:

  1. Motivation letter (max one A4 page)

  2. CV, including a list of publications

  3. Summary of your doctoral thesis (max one A4 page)


All material should be in English and submitted as a single pdf file no later than Friday August 30, 2019.


For additional information about the project, please contact Assistant Professor Luc St-Pierre (email:


Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.


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