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Recruitment Information

Project Background

Applications are invited for 10 PhD positions (‘Doctoral Candidates, DC’) as part of the METRAMAT project; a European Doctoral Network funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2022 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA). The main objective of METRAMAT Doctoral Network project is to actively train young researchers to become skilled in metamaterial development by researching and creating a combined set of design, simulation, manufacturing, testing, reliability assessment and integration tools that will strengthen the European manufacturing industry and lead to a sustainable society.

The manufacturing industry is fundamental to the technological sovereignty and competitiveness of the European economy. To maintain the leading position, the sector requires continuous innovations, exploring the limits of material properties. This is particularly the case in high-end technology applications, such as lithography machines and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) industry, where the limits of conventional materials come into sight. Metamaterials, built up from rationally, pre-designed architected substructures, hold the promise to outperform conventional materials and redefine the boundaries of industrial design practices. The metamaterial potential can drive the much-needed transformational changes in European manufacturing industry. However, the wide-spread use of metamaterials is hindered by the lack of knowledge of (i) design-for-production principles for metamaterials, (ii) integration at component and system level and (iii) design-for-reliability of metamaterials.

METRAMAT will train and deliver 10 researchers skilled in metamaterial development by researching and creating a combined set of design, simulation, manufacturing, testing, reliability assessment and integration tools. The involvement of  MEMS, lithography and additive manufacturing industries ensures that scientific training is tuned to existing industrial challenges requiring new fundamental solutions, such as positioning accuracy, sensor sensitivity or shielding of external vibrational disturbances, with emphasis on design for manufacturability and reliability. Together with the transferable skills training, secondments and network, this will provide the doctoral candidates a strong basis for a successful career in industry or academia. The new scientific insights, engineering tools and educational programs to be developed within METRAMAT program will pave the way to wide-spread manufacturing and application of metamaterials in European industry, elevating it to the next level.

In view of the challenges identified above, the consortium has designed the methodology addressing the three main focus domains, forming the work packages: WP1 Design and Simulation, WP2 Manufacturing, Characterization and Reliability and WP3 System Integration. The work packages define the 10 different DC projects, shown in Figure 1. This creates a coherent program allowing for maximum cross-fertilization between different sub-projects across the distinct disciplines and application areas.

Research Fields

  • Computational engineering and computer aided design
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
  • Numerical analysis
  • Simulation, optimisation and modelling


  • Mechanical Metamaterials
  • Vibration Control
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Multiscale modelling and characterization

METRAMAT Consortium

METRAMAT brings together a multi-disciplinary team of 5 universities and 5 industrial partners, all world-class leaders in their respective academic or industrial disciplines. The offered positions are at one of the 4 European universities:

  1. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands
  2. KU Leuven (KUL), Belgium
  3. Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU), Norway
  4. Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi), Italy

Furthermore, the METRAMAT consortium includes 1 academic and 5 non-academic (industrial) associated partners. They will participate in the project by providing industrial master classes and by hosting DCs for industrial secondments.

  1. Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), USA
  2. ASML, the Netherlands
  3. KMWE, the Netherlands
  4. Additive Industries (Addi), the Netherlands
  5. GrindoSonic (GOS), Belgium
  6. STMicroelectronics (STM), Italy
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in mechanical/civil/aerospace/processing engineering, applied physics, applied mathematics or similar.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • A research-oriented attitude, with excellent analytical, numerical and experimental skills
  • Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent by the researcher as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not considered.
  • The recruited researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
  • The recruited researchers must be employed full-time (granting authority may approve a part-time employment for personal or family reasons).
  • The recruited researchers must be working exclusively for the project.
The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Doctoral Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance, and a family allowance (if applicable). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e., EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin).

As equal opportunity employers, we strive to increase the number of women working in the field advertised. Female candidates are encouraged to apply; contact details of a female researcher are provided for each position. In addition, there is the possibility of flexible working hours for family circumstances, and most campuses have child care availability.
The METRAMAT consortium embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. In the recruitment process measures will be taken to ensure that equal opportunities criteria in the selection process are applied, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation. In case of disability, a special needs allowance is available from the EU to ensure adequate participation in the action.

Selection Procedure

Apply for your preferred position(s) on the website of the host institution. 

Applications must be in English. A Recruitment Committee will select suitable candidates for a first round based on academic formation, professional and/or research experience, motivation and references. Selected candidates will be given a short assignment related to the topic of the project to evaluate analytical abilities and level of written English, followed by interviews. Interviews will take place online to provide equal opportunities to all candidates independent of their location. 

Applications are open until January (see individual DC positions), selected candidates will be invited for their online interview to take place approximately end of January. Ideal starting date for candidates is between March and August 2024.