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2 PhDs: Bearing Steels for Wind Turbine Applications

Controlling and preventing failure through characterisation and modelling

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 - € 2840 per maand


Large case-carburised steel bearings in wind turbines show premature failure in the form of irregular white etching cracks. To control and prevent failure, the aim is to establish the relation between failure and steel processing routes: (1) experimental characterisation of new and used bearings, for identification of the decisive microstructural features in relation to failure; (2) model development to quantitatively relate the processing conditions to the microstructure of case-carburising steels and the microstructure to the performance. Both will lead to a quantitative description of the effects of processing parameters on microstructural parameters and (local) material performance in rolling contact fatigue of case-carburised steel to counteract premature failure of large bearings.


Candidates should hold an MSc degree in physics, metallurgy, or materials science. They must also have knowledge of physics and microstructures of metals. For one position, knowledge and experience with experimental characterisation is required, for the other, knowledge and experience with model development. Candidates should have:
• an affinity for industry-related fundamental research,
• an academic attitude with excellent analytical skills, initiative, inventiveness, curiosity, and critical thinking.
• strong communication skills (high English proficiency), ability to integrate, and good social behaviour.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit graduateschool.tudelft.nl/ for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Jilt Sietsma, e-mail: j.sietsma@tudelft.nl or Jolanda de Roo, phone: +31 (6)-572913508, e-mail: j.deroo@mindsforinnovation.nl.

Additional information

Jolanda de Roo
+ 31 (0)6-57291350   

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) of Delft University of Technology undertakes coherent and innovative research dedicated to developing, producing, characterising, and manipulating materials, with a focus on metals. The aim is to develop fundamental understanding forming the basis for better performance and a longer life cycle with preservation of functionality, while at the same time optimising sustainable use of resources and minimising the environmental footprint.

The Microstructure section of the MSE Department, with three senior scientists and some 15 PhD students and post-docs, has a leading position worldwide in the field of microstructure control, based on both experimental characterisation and physical modelling. For more information, see https://mindsforinnovation.nl/vacancies/2-phds-bearing-steels-for-wind-turbine-applications-technical-university-of-delft-the-netherlands/.