ACTIVE: 1 PhD position on “Experimental analysis of advanced 3D woven hybrid composites”

This position is now closed. 31 January, 2020

1 PhD position on “Experimental Analysis of Advanced 3D Woven Hybrid Composites” 

The scientific research project will be headed by Dr. Serra Topal (Sabanci University), and includes Dr. Hatice Sinem Sas Cayci (Sabanci University) and Dr. Adnan Kefal (Istanbul Technical University), and be conducted in Sabanci University Composite Technologies Center of Excellence (Istanbul). The project duration is 3 years.


3D woven fabric materials have recently attracted significant attention in the science and technology area, as they offer superior resistance to delamination compared to their 2D woven or unidirectional fibre reinforced composite counterparts. Only recently, 3D woven carbon composite fan blades were designed for the next generation GE engines in aircrafts. To date, progress toward 3D woven fabric reinforced polymeric composites is still hampered by the deficient knowledge on their predictive models and structure-property relationships under various loading conditions.


  • Production of 3D woven hybrid composites with low void contents
  • Dynamic mechanical testing


  • Bachelor’s/Master degree in: material science, chemistry, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering
  • Excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills in English
  • Basic knowledge of materials science
  • Dedicated applicant with clear goals in academic career


  • Interest in 3D woven composite production with hybrid textiles
  • Interest in dynamic experimental analysis of composites
  • Interest in process modeling of woven composite materials

What we offer

  • Highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment with unique access to state-of-the-art production, characterization and testing tools of composite materials, cutting edge research facilities and collaborations at IMC CTCE
  • Work place at the CTCE located close to the international Sabiha Gokcen Airport of Turkey’s historical city Istanbul, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city offering a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities
  • Campus located 20 minutes shuttle distance to the research center, including opportunities to accommodation, health and social services

Your application
Interested candidates should submit their:

1- curriculum vitae listing education, research experience,  work experience, career breaks (if any), published publications (unpublished work will not be considered), contact info (max. 5 pages, Word/PDF)

2- a statement on their motivation for joining the group and their career objective (max. 1 page, Word/PDF)

Copies of academic transcripts, and names/contacts of two references might be required in the forthcoming stages.

Please do not email any other staff member in the institute. Applications will be archived by the job poster.

Dr. Serra Topal
Sabanci University