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Research project title

Additive manufacturing of reconfigurable structures

Education level



Director: Sampada Bodkhe

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November 30, 2025

Areas of expertise

Structural materials

Solid mechanics

Modelling, simulation and finite element methods

Flexible robots


Polymers and coatings

Materials structure, properties and testing

Materials processing/fabrication

Unit(s) and department(s)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Laboratory for Multi-scale Mechanics (LM2)



  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.
  • Background knowledge in one or multiple fields: smart materials, composite fabrication, additive manufacturing, mechanical design, solid mechanics, finite element analysis, multiphysics simulations (i.e., electromechanical, thermomechanical, etc.).
  • Knowledge of CAD software, Python, Arduino and microprocessors programming.
  • ANSYS, COMSOL or ABAQUS modeling experience or experience in composite fabrication and 3D printing.
  • Technical writing skills for scientific publications.
  • Communication skills in English/French.
  • A problem-solving-oriented mindset, self-motivation, initiative, resourcefulness, and dependability.
  • Ability to both work independently and as part of a team.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent in TOEFL/GRE.


Applications should be sent in the form of a single PDF (with a total size less than 2MB) to Prof. Sampada Bodkhe ( or Prof. David Melancon ( using the subject line “PhD Application – Additive manufacturing of reconfigurable structures”. A complete application should include:

  • A cover letter describing your research background relative to the above topics, your motivation to join our team and the reasons why your expertise and background are appropriate for the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a list of scientific publications.
  • Copies of transcripts (BSc and MSc).
  • Contact information of two references.
  • Summaries of up to three of your most significant contributions to research and/or to practical applications, if any, otherwise a project report you independently wrote in English.


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. However, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. The starting date is [as early as possible].

Detailed description


We are seeking 2 PhD students to work on various aspects of a research project focused on the additive manufacturing of multifunctional adaptive structures. We offer a highly stimulating environment for individual growth alongside a competent team of 40+ researchers, as well as training opportunities for professional development. PhD students will receive a stipend of $25k/year along with additional opportunities for teaching assistantship. 

Our institute is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. We encourage women, Indigenous BIPOC students, as well as researchers with disabilities students, racialized scientists as well as researchers with disabilities and from LGBTQ2+ communities to submit their application. Accommodations are available on a confidential basis.


The research project aims to design, simulate, and fabricate hybrid composite structures with embedded actuation and sensing for the adaptive structures to be applied in both aerospace and biomedical fields. The project is led by Prof. Sampada Bodkhe. Multiple  positions are available with a focus on: (i) Automated fabrication of smart structures, (ii) numerical simulation and FE analysis of multifunctional structures, and (iii) advanced additive manufacturing of reconfigurable structures.

Financing possibility

PhD students will receive a stipend of $25k/year along with additional opportunities for teaching assistantship.


Additive manufacturing of reconfigurable structures

Sampada Bodkhe

Sampada Bodkhe

Assistant Professor

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