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PhD: Localised Corrosion of Micro- & Nanodevices

Establishing corrosion mechanisms at the micro- and nanoscale and verifying the limits of existing localised electrochemical techniques

11 maanden geleden


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


The PhD student position is part of a European ITN network consisting of 15 PhD students enrolled at different universities and institutes across Europe, called mCBEEs (see www.mcbees.eu). The mCBEEs consortium aims to perform research related to corrosion at the microscale in applications linked to electronics, energy, and biomaterials. Each PhD student in the consortium will focus on a specific project but with a certain level of interconnection and synergy with the others. Inside the consortium, the students will attend common training activities and networking events. 
The present research project will focus on the research of the main mechanism of corrosion in micro- and nanodevices. Corrosion will be studied first in model samples with controlled properties (composition, film thickness, geometry, etc.) and later on in real devices. Experiments will be perfomed using high-resolution electrochemical methods. The main goal is to establish the corrosion mechanisms at the micro- and nanoscale and to verify the limits of the existing localised electrochemical techniques (e.g. SECM, EC-AFM). During the project, three research stays are planned with some consortium partners (Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey).


We are looking for a candidate with a Master degree in materials engineering, material physiscs, chemistry, or the equivalent. The successful candidate is truly interested in experimental work, has a passion for research, is not afraid to face new challenges, is self-driven, and can work as part of a team in an international and multicultural environment. The Master degree should have been obtained not more than 4 years before the time of employment. It is advantageous if you have a background in electrochemistry and/or corrosion. Some previous experience in experimental electrochemistry will also be an asset.


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 Yaiza Gonzalez-Garcia, phone: +31 (0)15-2788369, e-mail: y.gonzalezgarcia@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 1 February 2018 to: application-3mE@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-68.

Additional information

Yaiza Gonzalez-Garcia
+31 (0)15-2788369

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. Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering The mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is to provide internationally recognised, high-quality materials research of benefit to industry and society, addressing material lifecycle, structure, properties and functionality from a physics-based perspective, and to furnish graduates and post-graduates with a top-level education in materials science and engineering, preparing them to meet existing and future technological and societal challenges.

The ultimate research mission of the Corrosion Technology and Electrochemistry (CTE) group is to gain fundamental knowledge of local corrosion processes and promote education and best practices in corrosion control for the benefit of society, preservation of resources, and protection of the environment.