Mechanics and Interactions
Mechanics is a basic science allowing to face the current challenges of our society such as energy, smart materials and systems, health, environment, climate. It thus bridges the gap between fundamental science and innovative technologies.
The PhD Track “Mechanics and Interactions” of the “Institut Polytechnique de Paris” combines advanced academic knowledge in Mechanics together with long term research projects on complex interactions in such fields (fluids, solids, turbulence, waves, metamaterials, etc.). The program is proposed to students with excellent skills in Mechanics and ambition to perform a PhD in the stimulating research environment of the “Institut Polytechnique de Paris”.
The academic program of the first two years of the PhD Track is defined as a selection of courses from the Master program in “Mechanics” of IP Paris. Depending on the student background, a mentor will be selected among the Community of Mechanics. He will interact with the student in order to establish his personal academic training for the first two years, closely coupled to his field of interest for his PhD project. The training combines scientific courses with research projects performed in the environment of IP Paris. The student will have to choose a research unit and a research project at the beginning of his training. He will have the ability to adjust his project and laboratory at the end of the first semester and at the end of the third semester.
The first year will combine a core of compulsory courses (among: continuum mechanics, atmosphere/ocean, experimental methods, incompressible flows, numerical methods, waves and vibrations) together with optional courses (among: climate, compressible flows, data processing, elastic solids, finite element method, advanced fluid mechanics, mechanical principles of living organisms, mechanics of materials, microfluidics, elastic and acoustic waves). At the beginning of the first semester, the student will have to choose an introductory research project with a formal evaluation and adjust his academic program. A second research project in the lab will be done during the second semester. Language and cultural courses will be added to the program according to the background of the students.
The program of the second year will include optional courses taken from the M2 programs in “Mechanics” (choice of 10 courses among 46 proposed in the 5 different tracks: biomechanics, fluids, solids, vibrations, environment). A six-months research projects is also included in this program. It will be evaluated on the basis of a written report and oral examination. The research project will lead to a better tuning of the PhD project for the following three years. Language and cultural courses will also be part of the training program during the second year.
The following three years will be devoted the PhD project according to the rules defined by the doctoral school of IP Paris.
Licence/BSc (or equivalent diploma) with highest honors.
Students may also have the possibility to start the PhD Program in the second year of the MSc (4-year PhD program).
The deadline for PhD Track application is February 28, 2020
Eligible applicants on the basis of the provided documentation will be contacted for an interview from the 15th of March onwards.
You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
Successful applicants will obtain a three-year PhD scholarship for year 3 to 5.