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PhD: Austenite Formation in Steel

Through-process model for streel product development

10 maanden geleden


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


The formation of austenite from an initial microstructure of ferrite and pearlite plays an important role in the production of advanced, high-strength steels. However, analysis has shown that the formation of the austenite microstructure is not described accurately enough. It is expected that this is primarily caused by inaccuracies in the nucleation model. Furthermore, in modern practise it happens that the initial structure before continuous annealing consists of bainite. Therefore, a model that describes austenite formation from bainite will be developed as part of a through-process model for streel product development. The scientific aim of the project is to extend and experimentally validate the existing cellular automata, sharp interphase, phase transformation model CASIPT by developing (sub-)models that describe the relevant effects of the initial microstructure on the austenite formation kinetics.


A successful applicant must have a MSc in Materials Science or Physics or the equivalent. He/she must have a sound understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations in metals, computer modelling, and the experimental characterisation of metallic microstructures. Furthermore, the applicant should:
• be able to work in a team and have good communication skills.
• be self-motivated, scientifically curious, and able to (gradually) take the lead in the PhD research.
• have strong communication skills (high degree of 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 professor Erik Offerman, e-mail: s.e.offerman@tudelft.nl or Jolanda de Roo, phone: +31 (6)-572913508, e-mail: j.deroo@m2i.nl.
M2i human Capital is the recruitment partner for this project. For more information regarding recruitment please contact Jolanda de Roo. e-mail: j.deroo@m2i.nl, phone: + 316 572 913 50.
To apply, please visit the website www.m2i.nl/vacancies/ and use M2i's online application tool by 28 February 2018.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-76.

Additional information

Jolanda de Roo
+31 (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 -Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

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 Metals and Sustainable Development group performs research related to improvements in steel processing. For more information: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/3me/organisation/departments/materials-science-and-engineering/research/metals-and-sustainable-development/