PhD Position: Active Composites for Tomorrow’s Innovative Structural Materials

University of Twente
October 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2.770
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The goal of this 4-year project is to understand the design and engineering of structural materials and surfaces that can be adaptive to their operating environment and conditions. To reach this goal, inspiration will be taken from natural structures and materials to design next-generation biomimetic structural materials, capable of structural switching. The validation focus of the research will be towards elastomer-based composites.

The Challenge

Next generation structural materials whose local properties can be tailored and tuned to be adaptive to the loads and environments in which they are operating offers exciting prospects in a wide range of applications. The challenge to realizing these materials lies in taking a science-based approach to understand the fundamentals behind how new levels of material performance can be achieved.

The fabrication of biomimetic materials is commonly realized through imitating structures, interfaces, and synthesis processes of natural materials. The current research will go beyond copying, to learn and adapt the design principles found in nature through multiscale computational analysis and data analytics and using this as an inspiration for the development of next generation structural materials.

First, relevant literature will be explored to define possible structural systems. This will be achieved using data analytics to unravel the complex solutions found in nature. The information will then be used to design polymer-based composite material systems through multi-scale modelling. The active function of the new materials will be achieved through appropriate material additions. To validate the findings, new structures will be fabricated during the research. Processing routes to fabricate these structures will be explored on a lab-scale.

Your profile
  • A master's degree in Materials or Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics or similar related discipline;
  • Excellent experimental skills;
  • Good knowledge, and demonstrated awareness, of modelling material properties;
  • A strong creative but analytical mind, an eye for detail, and a critical attitude towards assessment of experimental results;
  • Passionate about learning new concepts and doing original research;
  • Fluent in English and express yourself easily in speech and in writing.
  • Our offer

    The UT provides a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance, excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus.

    We offer:

  • A full-time 4-year PhD position;
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating international research environment with excellent facilities;
  • You are offered a professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente;
  • A starting salary of € 2.770,- gross per month in the first year and increasing to a salary of € 3.539,- in the fourth year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of fulltime employment.
  • Information and application

    Please submit your application before October 20th, 2023 by using the “Apply now” button. Applications should at least include the following:

  • Letter of motivation and/or research interest.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • List, with grades, of courses from both Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
  • References and, if applicable, a list of publications.
  • For more information, please contact Dr. David T.A. Matthews ([email protected]) or Prof. dr. Anke Blume ([email protected]).

    A Game-Based-Assessment can be part of the selection procedure.

    The first round of interviews will take place in the first week of November.

    About the organisation

    The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

    Want to know more Matthews, D.T.A. (Dave)

    Associate Professor

    Matthews, D.T.A. (Dave)

    Associate Professor

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    How to apply Step 1

    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

    Your Colleagues
  • Kaewsakul, W. (Wisut)
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