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2 PhDs: Material Toughness Design

High-strength steels and fracture toughness

11 maanden geleden


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


The MicroTough project aims at developing a relation between microstructural characteristics of high-strength steels and their fracture toughness. We will generate a physically-based statistical model to predict cleavage fracture based on a statistical distribution of microstructural parameters. By providing a bridge between complex, multi-parameter microstructural geometry and properties to macroscopically observable fracture toughness, this research will deliver a functional tool to understand and analyse the material in a new way from the material manufacturing process to the safety of the whole structure.
The project is organised along two interrelated sub-projects, and a PhD candidate is sought for each sub-project. In project 1, high-strength steels with appropriate chemical composition will be generated and subjected to characterisation of 3D microstructure, microstructural mechanical properties, and cleavage fracture micromechanisms. Project 2 will focus on development and validation of the fracture model, considering the statistical distribution of microstructural properties. This is a joint project between the TU Delft and TNO, with Allseas Engineering, the Dutch Ministry of Defence, Dillinger, and Lloyds Register. The responsible department at TNO will be Structural Dynamics, which brings structural research into application in the Dutch and European maritime and offshore industry.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• excellent analytical skills, initiative, inventiveness, curiosity, diligence, and critical thinking skills;
• ability to work with scientific and industrial partners;
• strong communication skills (high level of English proficiency), team player, and good social behaviour.
Project 1:
• knowledge of physics of materials, solid state physics, phase transformations, and mechanical behaviour;
• affinity for experimental materials research and mechanics of materials;
Project 2:
• demonstrated competences in computational methods using FEA and mechanics of materials;
• strong understanding of continuum mechanics.


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 Dr Vera Popovich, e-mail: v.popovich@tudelft.nl, or Jolanda de Roo, phone: +31 (6)-572913508, e-mail: jolanda.deroo@mindsforinnovation.nl.
Minds for Innovation is the recruitment partner for this project. For more information regarding recruitment please contact Jolanda de Roo, e-mail: j.deroo@mindsforinnovation.nl, phone: + 316 572 913 50.
To apply, please visit the website https://www.mindsforinnovation.nl/vacancies and use the online application tool by 6 April 2018. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE18-10.

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 Joining and Additive Manufacturing section of the MSE department has a strong track record in welding technology and metallurgy and is currently developing the research field in additive manufacturing. The research of the group follows both experimental and numerical approaches to obtain a better physically-based understanding of the phenomena encountered. For more information: https://mindsforinnovation.nl/vacancies/2-phds-material-toughness-design-technical-university-of-delft-the-netherlands/