PhD position on guiding and confining wave energy in 3D chiral metamaterials

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 25 Jul 2024

27 Apr 2024
Job Information
Organisation/Company

Empa
Research Field

Engineering » Biomedical engineering
Engineering » Civil engineering
Engineering » Materials engineering
Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Engineering » Other
Physics » Acoustics
Physics » Other
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)
Country

Switzerland
Application Deadline

25 Jul 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Temporary
Job Status

Full-time
Hours Per Week

38
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

No

Offer Description

Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.


This position is a Doctoral Candidate Position (DC9) within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie MetacMed Doctoral Network, funded by the EU, GRANT-101119738, and via SERI for Switzerland.

Applications are invited from suitable qualified candidates for a full time, 36 months fixed-term position, as a Doctoral Candidate (DC) on the MetacMed Doctoral Network at Empa.


This position is DC9, which is one of 12 DCs being recruited as a part of a European-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (DN) on Acoustic and mechanical metamaterials for biomedical and energy harvesting applications – ‘MetacMed ’.


The successful applicant will be enrolled on a PhD programme at ETH Zürich , and will work on the topic of “Guiding and confining wave energy in 3D chiral metamaterials” under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Bergamini, Empa, Laboratory for Acoustics/Noise Control and under the academic supervision of Prof. Dr. Dennis Kochmann, ETH-Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering. Secondments at Amazemet , Warsaw (PL), 4 months, and CNRS Lille (FR), 4 months, are foreseen for this position.

PhD position on guiding and confining wave energy in 3D chiral metamaterials

Your tasks


As doctoral candidate within this project you will work on practical implementations of metamaterials for wave manipulation. Standard metamaterial modelling considers an infinite, defect-free periodic structure, consisting of a single unit cell. In this work we will explore the effect of domain interfaces and defects in such a setting. Practical applications require addressing 2 additional questions: (i) how do edges of finite samples affect the efficiency and (ii) can transmission reduction be achieved by aperiodic structures. To do this
  • You create large-scale finite element models of complex dynamic structures and analyse their vibrational properties
  • You investigate the behaviour of 0-dimensional 2-dimensional and 3- dimensional defects in (chiral) metamaterials, with respect to the propagation and confinement of mechanical power, using numerical and analytical methods
  • You design and measure prototypes to validate the numerical models
  • You delve into the possibilities of several classes of materials, such as viscoelasticity or piezoelectricity, and identify the ideal solution for specific problems.

Your profile

  • At the time of appointment, I have not been awarded with a PhD;
  • I have not resided in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment;
  • I hold a Master’s degree (or other equivalent) in Mechanical, Structural/Civil, Biomedical, Physics or Materials Engineering (or related disciplines). I have an excellent academic track record.
  • During my courses or prior professional activities, I have gathered some experience with at least one of the following: principles of vibrations and acoustics, structural dynamics, numerical modelling techniques (finite element method), or experimental methods in acoustics. I have a profound interest for these topics.
  • As a researcher I perform research in a structured and scientifically sound manner. I read technical papers, understand the nuances between different theories and implement and improve methodologies myself.
  • In frequent reporting, varying between weekly to monthly, I show the results that I have obtained and I give a well-founded interpretation of those results. I iterate on my work and my approach based on the feedback of my supervisors which steer the direction of my research.
  • It's important for me to work as an active team member and I am eager to share my results to inspire and being inspired by my colleagues.
  • I regard this PhD program in the frame of the MSCA Doctoral Network as my step on path to scientific excellence. I am excited to represent the MetacMed research group at project meetings and conferences. I see these events as an occasion to disseminate my work to an audience of international experts and research colleagues, and to learn about the larger context of my research and the research project.
  • I look forward to my secondments at other Institutions that are participating in this project.

Our offer


You stay in a vibrant environment centrally in Europe. Empa has its main campus in Dübendorf, located close to Zurich and 20 minutes by tram from Zurich International Airport. Zurich is one of the cities with the highest quality of life worldwide, welcoming to non-German speaking people and with ample opportunities for social, cultural, and outdoor activities.


The Laboratory for Acoustics/Noise control is equipped with state of the art tools for the numerical and experimental investigation of the propagation of waves in solids, and of their acoustic properties, and enjoys access to the facilities of a World leading Materials Research Institution.
Empa supports equal opportunities such as the compatibility of work and other life areas and lives a culture of inclusion and respect. We are committed to increase the diversity of our team and encourage qualified people from all backgrounds and genders to apply for this position.


Only applicants who have not been resident in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceding the effective starting date of this contract, are eligible for this position. Further information about the eligibility criteria is available here . 


This position is funded by SBFI, in association with the Horizon Europe Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network programme. The deadline for the application is July 31st 2024. Starting date is September 2024 or upon mutual agreement.

We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities - that's what counts.


We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.


When submitting your application to this position, you are kindly asked to fill also the pre-application module at https://www.metacmed.eu/pre-application-module
For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Stefano Laureti at [email protected] . For further information please see the MetacMed Call for Applicants and have a look at the MetacMed website to stay up-to-date!


Requirements

Research Field
Engineering
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Engineering
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Engineering
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Engineering
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Engineering
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Physics
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Physics
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Additional Information
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Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
Empa
Country
Switzerland
City
Dübendorf
Postal Code
8600
Street
Ueberlandstrasse 129
Geofield


Where to apply
Website

https://academicpositions.com/ad/empa/2024/phd-position-on-guiding-and-confinin…

Contact
City

Zurich
Website

http://www.empa.ch/plugin/template/empa/3/*/---/l=2
Postal Code

CH-8600

STATUS: EXPIRED

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