PhD Student – Material Testing, Ghent University, Belgium

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Ghent University, Belgium
PhD Student – Material Testing: The research group Materials Science and Technology-DyMaLab at Ghent University is seeking a PhD researcher to contribute to ongoing research on advanced materials used in the automotive and aeronautical industries. This full-time position is located in Ghent, Belgium, and offers a stimulating international work environment with access to unique experimental facilities and high-quality training.

PhD Student – Dynamic Material Testing


PhD Researcher

Research Area:

Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science


Ghent, Belgium


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering.
  • Strong background in mechanical behaviour of materials.
  • Familiarity with materials testing and experimental work.
  • Experience with high-speed cameras, microscopes, Matlab, Python, and preferably finite element packages.
  • Independent, problem-solving, and result-oriented attitude.
  • Proven academic dedication and strong study results.
  • Social skills, flexibility, and critical thinking for a multidisciplinary and international academic environment.
  • Proficiency in English (reading, writing, and speaking).

Job Description:

The selected PhD researcher will join the MST-DyMaLab group to advance the understanding of impact-dynamic mechanical properties of materials such as advanced high strength steels, lightweight alloys, and polymer composites. The goal is to enhance predictions of high-speed forming processes and crashworthiness in the automotive and aeronautical industries.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research to characterize dynamic behaviour of materials using unique experimental facilities and measurement devices.
  • Exploring and developing Materials Testing 2.0 methodologies for advanced materials.
  • Combining large measurement datasets with numerical simulations to optimize testing methodologies.
  • Assisting in teaching courses provided by the MST group.
  • Contributing to the daily operations of the lab.


  • Full-time position as a doctoral fellow for an initial period of 12 months, extendable to a maximum of 48 months after positive evaluation.
  • Salary aligned with the net salary of an AAP member, determined by family status and seniority, and exempt from personal income tax.
  • Benefits including training and education opportunities, 36 days of annual holiday leave, bicycle allowance, eco vouchers, and more.
  • Access to international scientific conferences and interaction with international researchers.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email their applications to with the subject line ‘Vacancy: PhD Dynamic material testing’. Applications must include the following documents merged into one PDF attachment:

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 3 pages)
  • Copies of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificates

Short-listed applicants will be notified shortly and references will be requested.

Last Date to Apply:

June 30, 2024, 23:30

For more information on the cost of living in Ghent, visit Numbeo. For details on MST-DyMaLab’s research facilities, visit MST DyMaLab.

Join us in pushing the boundaries of materials science and engineering innovation in the charming and historic city of Ghent!



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