PhD candidates with a strong background in mechanical engineering and/or materials science and interest in the relationship of structure and mechanical properties of selective laser-melted/additive manufactured materials, high-entropy alloys, bulk-metallic glasses and/or biological materials are encouraged to request further information regarding potential open positions. Applications of such materials range from energy-efficient, light-weight structural components in the aerospace industry, wind energy systems or in transport systems to telecommunication devices such as cell phone casings, bio-implants, and high-temperature materials for nuclear applications.
Bernd Gludovatz was educated at the University of Leoben in Austria where he received his M.S. in 2006 and his Ph.D. 2010, both in Materials Science and Engineering as a student of Prof. Reinhard Pippan. Subsequently he was working as post-doctoral fellow of Prof. Robert O. Ritchie at the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the United States before joining UNSW as a Senior Lecturer of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 2017.
His research interests are in the mechanical behavior of structural materials, particularly the mechanisms underlying deformation, fracture and fatigue of advanced metallic alloys, nature-inspired composites and biological materials. Additionally he is interested in the analysis of components that fail in service.