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PhD: Intergranular & Interphase Precipitation

Metallurgical process, computational fluid dynamics

10 maanden geleden


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


Physical models for microstructure evolution, which are critical for optimal control of high-quality steel production are currently integrated models of precipitation, recovery, and recrystallisation. Precipitate sizes and fractions evolve with time and are usually described using LSW theory or cluster dynamics, or with empirical- and ab initio-based kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations. Recently, progress has been made to integrate precipitate size distribution/evolution models with models for recovery and recrystallisation. Combining all the various processes involving precipitation, dislocation motion and deformation, and phase transformations is a great challenge. Our aim is to achieve this modelling in approximate real time so that it can be used to steer and fine-tune the steel production process.


The PhD student must have an MSc in Materials Science or Physics or the equivalent, and a sound understanding of thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations and computer modelling. Furthermore, an applicant should:
• Have ability to work in a team and good communication skills (high degree of English proficiency).
• Knowledge of modern software design, specifically related to Python, is a plus.
• Be self-motivated, scientifically curious, and able to work with little direct supervision.      


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 Marcel Sluiter, e-mail: m.h.f.sluiter@tuelft.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 M2i vacancy 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 3ME17-79.

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

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 Virtual Materials and Mechanics programme is focused on applying advanced computational methods to help solve engineering problems of scientific interest and societal importance by studying materials behaviour under specialised, controlled conditions and by designing new materials and processing techniques. For more information: https://www.tudelft.nl/3me/organisatie/afdelingen/materials-science-and-engineering/research/computational-materials-science/