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We have mutiple PhD positions and we are currently looking for self-motivated and enthusiastic students with the following research backgrounds: 

  • Micromechanics of deformation in polycrystals, e.g., metals and alloys or ceramics.  
  • Neutron irradiation effects on metal alloys. 
  • Solid mechanics and finite element modeling of materials.
  • Crystal plasticity.
  • Diffraction and imaging experimental techniques. 
Applicants with a bachelors or masters degree in mechanical or materials engineering are encouraged to contact Hamid Abdolvand.  
Prospective candidates will be assessed based on how well they meet the following criteria:
  • Excellent degree in their relevant discipline;

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills- Western's minimum acceptable TOEFL score for international students is 86 with no individual score below 20. Click here for more information.

The following skills are desirable:
  • Ability to work with finite element packages, eg, ABAQUS.
  • Ability to conduct experiments using SEM, EBSD, TEM, and XRD.
  • Ability to program in any of the following languages:Fortran, Matlab, or Python.
  • Abilitiy to develop or work with user materials subroutines.
Application Procedure
Please email your CV and cover letter to Hamid AbdolvandTo apply formally, candidates should send the required documents to the graduate office. For more details please check the following link:

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