MSCA-ITN PhD Student Refracture 2 Project: Experimental material characterization of refractory materials at high temperature

Vesuvius is seeking to appoint one high-calibre Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network - European Industrial Doctorate RE-FRACTURE2 'Modelling and optimal design of refractories for high temperature industrial applications for a low carbon society'.

Vesuvius Group is a global leader in the supply of specialized refractory products and packaged technology solutions to the steel making, foundry and glass industries, employing more than 12,000 people in 90 different countries. Vesuvius develops and produces highly specialized Flow Control Systems packages which contain advanced refractories and devices for the controlled casting of liquid steel mainly for the process of continuous casting in steel plants. R&D activities at Vesuvius Ghlin site include fundamental research in refractory material characterization on thermomechanical behaviour and material modelling by finite element analysis, in addition to continuous research to advance the state-of-the-art in flow control equipment and technology. These activities support the essential contribution of Vesuvius towards realizing the targets of the steel industry to produce high quality steel at the lowest possible energy consumption, hence reducing CO2 emission and production cost.



The PhD student will develop innovative protocols for experiments aimed at investigating the mechanical properties of materials deformed at room and high temperature. Here, new technologies will be developed, under the supervision of VESUVIUS and UNITN, to provide thermal shocks to material elements and measure the induced damage. Moreover, simple prototypes will be built to highlight the features of the mechanical behaviour under consideration and to show up cyclic and dynamic effects. Since refractory linings of furnace ladles are assembled in masonry-like structures, models of these will be replicated in a laboratory environment to analyse stress distributions and mechanical weaknesses.

Expected Results: 

- Set-up of innovative testing methods for refractory materials, both at room and high temperature;

- Development of reliable testing procedures and design or improvement of testing devices;

- Scientific publication on the results of the material characterization.

The successful candidate will be a team player, prepared to work closely with the Project’s senior staff and other ESRs. The successful candidate will receive a prestigious fellowship and will benefit from a wide-ranging training program and activities :

Duties & Responsibilities :

  • Undertake postgraduate research in support of the agreed doctoral research project.
  • Work closely with the academic and industrial supervisors to ensure the compatibility of the individual project with the overall goals of RE-FRACTURE2.
  • Disseminate the research outputs through publications in international journals.
  • Present the research at major international conferences to both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Communicate the results of the project through outreach activities.
  • Attend and participate in academic and non-academic conferences, events and seminars.
  • Attend and participate in all training events and supervisory meetings.
  • Be seconded to other network partners as necessary to fulfill the grant obligations.
  • Prepare progress reports and similar documents on research for funding bodies, as required.
  • Contribute to the delivery and management of the wider Program, including attending and participating in program committee meetings.


You’re interested and you think you fit the profile? Before applying, please read all the information on the following link: MSCA-ITN PhD Student: Experimental material characterization of refractory materials at high temperature | EURAXESS (

Fixed-Term – 36 months: from 1st November 2021 to 31st October 2024