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

Basic constitutive laws of mechanics of materials (elasticity, viscoelasticity, elastoplasticity, thermoplasticity, damage, fracture) as well as the rheology (viscosity) of non-Newtonian liquids (material non-linearities) are of primary interest. Complex phenomena such as occurring in contact mechanics and tribology, porous media, fluid-solid interactions, phase transformations, non-smooth mechanics, and multidisciplinary extensions such as thermo-hydro-mechanics and chemo-mechanics attract our particular attention. The objective of the program is to educate and train in the modern aspects of mechanics highly knowledgeable and innovative research scientists and engineers.

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.

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

  • Biomechanics
  • Geomechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics

EPFL is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is among the world’s best universities in the fields of engineering and technology.

EPFL is ranked 12th in the world according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

EPFL offers an excellent framework, both in terms of its renowned and dedicated faculty as well as in terms of its outstanding research equipments and facilities, to achieve a no less excellent doctorate.

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


Before starting your application, make sure to read the general guidelines as well as the program's specific information:

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Dominique Pioletti

Martina Keddouh

EPFL EDME program
GC A2 454
CH-1015 Lausanne

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