Open positions

Applications are invited for several research positions in the field of fibre-hybrid composites, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The recruited researchers will be trained for 3 years to become interdisciplinary and multi-talented experts. They will develop advanced simulation tools to predict optimal microstructures for fibre-hybrid composites, manufacture these microstructures and then verify them in industrial applications. The researchers will have a unique opportunity to be trained by world leading experts in cutting-edge technologies, where they are supported by a strong network with extensive industry participation.

These positions are supported by an allowance provided by the European Commission. Candidates must fulfil two eligibility criteria for this award: (1) not residing in the country of the host organization for at least 24 months in the last 3 years, and (2) having not more than 4 years of research experience (working as researcher after obtaining your master’s degree).

Please note that some of the positions are hosted by an industrial partner. In this case, the researcher will also be enrolled in a PhD program at a university.

Advanced fibre break models for predicting synergetic effects in fibre-hybrid composites

KU Leuven (Belgium)

​The key challenge of this PhD project is to develop a fibre break model that accurately captures the entire stress-strain diagram of fibre-hybrid composites and accounts for complex loading cases.

Position no longer available

Multi-scale characterisation and modelling of notched strength and translaminar fracture in hybrid thin-ply composites based on different carbon fibre grades

EPFL (Switzerland)

This research will consist in designing, manufacturing and experimentally characterizing hybrid carbon-carbon thin-ply composites laminates.

Position no longer available

Process development of pre-impregnated hybrid thin-ply composites

North Thin Ply Technology SARL (Switzerland) linked to doctoral program at EPFL

This PhD project will develop pre-impregnated hybrid thin ply composites.

Position no longer available

Multi-functionality of pseudo-ductile high-performance hybrid composites

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) (Hungary)

The key challenge of this PhD project is to develop and exploit the recently demonstrated concepts of high performance pseudo-ductile thin-ply hybrid composites further.

Position no longer available

Manufacture of aligned discontinuous hybrid fibre mats

University of Nottingham (UK)

This PhD project will develop the manufacture of aligned discontinuous hybrid fibre mats. The objectives include: to fundamentally understand and optimise the alignment process and to establish the effect of commingling of different fractions of two or more discontinuous reinforcement fibres

Position no longer available

Manufacturing and mechanical properties of fibre-hybrid composites with controlled microstructure: Assessment of synergetic effects by micromechanical modelling

Technical University of Denmark, DTU (Denmark)

This PhD project evaluates the mechanical properties of fibre-hybrid composites by using micromechanical modelling on composites manufactured with controlled microstructure.

Position no longer available

Aligned, recycled carbon fibre-hybrid composites: microstructural design and advanced experimental characterisation

KU Leuven (Belgium)

The key challenge of this PhD project is to develop a fibre break model that accurately predicts the stress-strain behavior of aligned, discontinuous fibre-reinforced composites.

Position no longer available

High performance shape memory composites with intrinsic heating

Imperial College London (UK)

The key challenge of this PhD project is to use an interleaving strategy to develop a hybrid fibre-reinforced composite which possesses shape memory capabilities and incorporates intrinsic heating for stiffness control and deployment.

Position no longer available

Realizing Structural Composite Batteries

University of Vienna (Austria)

The key challenge of this PhD project is to develop structural composite batteries via continuous intermingling of carbon fibre electrodes, which will consist of electrode materials coated carbon fibres.

Position no longer available

Integration of hybrid composites in the industrialised composite automotive process chain

BMW Group (Germany) linked to doctoral program at KU Leuven (Belgium)

The challenge is to 1) to better understand and predict the link between material, microstructure and mechanical properties of hybrid composites; 2) to establish a design process to reduce the cost and increase weight savings ; 3) to demonstrate their feasibility in the existing process chain.

Position no longer available

Advanced microstructural design of 3D printed fibre-hybrid composites

KU Leuven (Belgium)

The key challenge of this PhD project is to maximally exploit the design freedom of 3D printing to optimize the microstructure and hence mechanical performance of fibre-hybrid composites.

Position no longer available

Pyrolysis of hybrid composites in the industrialized composite automotive process chain.

ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd (UK) linked to PhD program at the University of Nottingham

The key challenge of this PhD project is to optimize the pyrolysis process of a range of commercial composite waste streams, by developing an efficient and effective method of removing glass fibre and other contaminants.

Position no longer available

Development and manufacturing of hybrid self-reinforced composites with a unique combination of stiffness and toughness

Sioen Industries (Belgium), linked to PhD program at KU Leuven (Belgium)

The key challenge of this PhD project is to develop new hybrid textiles that lead to composites with a unique combination of stiffness and toughness.

Position no longer available