The focus of this doctoral program is the nonlinear mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, energetics) of transformations of solids, geo- and bio- materials as well as fluid flows (geometric non-linearities).


The ambition of the program is to cover the theoretical formulation (functional, variational and differential), the numerical simulation (space, time and matter discretisations) and the experimental identification (heterogenous/anisotropic material testing, optical diagnostic techniques, signal processing) of relevant mechanics problems. On the theoretical side, contemporary multiscale models (hierarchical, reduced, …) and correlated micro-macro scale bridging methods (homogeneisation, …) are emphasized in several courses and proposed as thesis subjects.

The objective of the program is to form highly knowledgeable and innovative research scientists in the modern aspects of continuum mechanics.

EPFL Civil & Structural Engineering is ranked 11th and the Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering is ranked 18th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.

If you have in mind to become a future scientist in Mechanics, you are most welcome to apply to this program.

The 4 main fields of research in the doctoral program in Mechanics are:

  • Biomechanics
  • Geomechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics

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Prof. Tobias Schneider

Martina Keddouh

EPFL EDME program
GC A2 454
CH-1015 Lausanne

[email protected]

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