DR2 - EM Material characterization method applied to carbon-fiber-filled plastic

Eindhoven University of Technology
January 15, 2023
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DR2 - EM Material characterization method applied to carbon-fiber-filled


PhD position in Microwave Engineering and Metrology, with cross-overs to Material Engineering and Electromagnetic Compatibility.



Irène Curie Fellowship



Electrical Engineering



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Job description

DO you want to become a researcher who takes RF material characterization from the lab to the field to test innovative and sustainable materials? You could make the next step in microwave material characterization for highly lossy materials. This is crucial to design Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design Electromagnetic shielding solutions for our future mobility.

We propose you to join a long-lasting multidisciplinary, academic-industrial network for doctoral training, with leading European industries and academia.

The Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (DN) “PARASOL – European Doctoral Network for Safe and Sustainable ElectroMagnetic Shielding Solutions for Mobility” has a consortium formed by 6 hiring Universities: TU Eindhoven (NL), University of Twente (NL), KU Leuven (BE), Tomáš Baťa University (CZ), University of York (UK) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ES). Together, these universities have a proven track record in the management of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Material Engineering, Sustainability Management, and System-Safety Engineering, and are the leaders in their field in Europe. 16 Industrial Partners are completing the Doctoral Network, and representing the complete life cycle of (future) shielding solutions dedicated to Mobility: starting with development of Innovative Material (DSM, Dycomet), design and packaging of Integrated Chips and Power Switches (NXP, CITC, Dynex), Interconnects and Cables design (Ferristorm, Radiotechnika, Schlegel) and, to ensure completeness of the traning program, all means of transport with cars (Jaguar-Land-Rover, Ford, Lotus), trains (Siemens), planes (NLR, Evektor) and ships (Thales).

This project has received funding from the European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Europe Horizon under Grant Agreement No. 101072881 and UKRI (Public Body for Innovation and Research in UK, for position DR5 and DR9).

We are looking for a Doctoral Researcher who will develop neat methods for RF material characterization, covering a large frequency band (100MHz-20GHz), to measure the complete constituent parameters without modifying the material under test. While broad-band methods for material characterization at frequencies are relatively well established for dielectric materials, convenient methods for characterization of magnetic materials are much rarer and often cumbersome. Furthermore, most methods are destructive. For the materials at hand here, we need to know the complex permittivity and permeability, possibly in their tensor forms for anisotropic materials, without modifying the material itself. Therefore, we need to develop new methods to do this, using techniques from the antenna, RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave engineering fields. After developing the method(s), its' uncertainty needs to be estimated. This novel (in-situ) material characterization method will then be applied to a set of carbon-fiber-filled plastics produced with specialists from the company DSM. To overcome the intrinsic connection limitations in such fiber composites, synergistic filler combinations will be exploited (e.g., with carbon fillers). Your techniques will be used for real life test and analysis at the company Jaguar-Land Rover.

As one of the 12 Doctoral Candidates of the DN PARASOL, you will be trained to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with a new mindset tuned towards the inclusion of the Safe and Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD) framework - a holistic approach that integrates the safety, circularity, energy efficiency and functionality of materials, products, and processes throughout their lifecycle – into the design of innovative shielding solutions for mobility. For this inclusion to occur, each DR will develop through their research the missing dedicated materials, tools and techniques, and apply them to a representative set of shielding solutions under development. This hands- on training is supplemented with several scientific professional courses and an immersive training where the DRs can fine-tune their skills for the Jobs of tomorrow, while addressing the societal challenges of the PARASOL program.

Job requirements
  • Applicants should have, or expect to receive, a Master of Science degree or equivalent in a relevant electrical engineering or applied physics discipline.
  • Previous experience in the (practical) areas of antennas and/or microwave engineering is required.
  • Proficiency in using scientific and engineering software packages such as Matlab, ADS, CST etc. are advantageous.
  • Applicants need to fully respect the following eligibility and mobility criteria (to demonstrated in the Europass CV):

  • Supported researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession1 of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
  • Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. For 'International European Research Organisations' (IERO), 'international organisations', or entities created under Union law, the researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment in the same appointing organisation. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent by the researcher as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention 2 are not considered.
  • 1 Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.

    2 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol.

    Conditions of employment

    The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Doctoral Researchers.

    The gross salary in the first year will be €2,541 and in the fourth year 3,247. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance, and a family allowance (if applicable). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e., EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin). Position DR5 and DR9 are exceptions to these conditions and will be directly funded by UKRI (Public Body for Innovation and Research in UK).

    In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills for the Jobs of Tomorrow acquired through a unique immersive learning.

    Information and application

    More information

    PARASOL website : https: // parasol-project.eu/ Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact: dr.ir. Anne Roc'h (a.rochattue.nl) – Coordinator of PARASOL and Supervisor of DR2.

    Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact HR Services Flux, HRServices.fluxattue.nl.

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    We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. The application should include a:

  • detailed CV (Europass format 1 obligatory),
  • a motivation letter
  • and transcripts of bachelor and master's degree 2.
  • During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (cf. DR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency).

    We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

    1 https: // europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/curriculum-vitae

    2 Master students who will graduate in the next coming months are welcome to apply. In that case, please provide an overview of the transcripts that are already available.

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