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PhD: Multiscale modeling of damage evolution in thermoplastic composites

Thermoplastic composites are the lightweight materials of the future, supporting the automotive and aerospace needs to reduce fuel consumption and extend …

5 maanden geleden


Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


Thermoplastic composites are the lightweight materials of the future, supporting the automotive and aerospace needs to reduce fuel consumption and extend vehicle range. They combine low weight with reduced processing costs and the possibility for end-of-life recycling. Unfortunately, the long-term performance of these materials is currently very poorly predictable. As a consequence, composite parts are generally overdesigned and, therefore, not optimal in weight reduction. The candidate will work in the context of a project funded by the Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) aiming at improved predictability of the performance of thermoplastic composite parts through experimental and numerical research. This PhD project is focused on the numerical aspects. Its main objective is the development of a computational multiscale model for the long-term behavior of thermoplastic composites.    


Applicants must have a relevant MSc degree with knowledge on mechanics and strong programming skills. You should have an analytical approach to problem solving and eagerness to learn new things. You should be capable of showing own initiative in performing independent research and have good communication skills in written and oral English. The selection of the candidates will also be based on passion and persistence for doing research.


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. 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 www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Frans van der Meer, Assistant Professor, e-mail: f.p.vandermeer@tudelft.nl, tel: -31152785918.

To apply please send us the following documents: Detailed CV, a letter of motivation, an overview of your grades and the abstract of your master thesis (1 page). Send your application to recruitment-citg@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG18.11.

Deadline for the application is 31st March 2018.


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 Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Faculty consists of 7 departments: Materials Mechanics Management, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering , Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Watermanagement.

In the Applied Mechanics programme, research is performed into the analysis of solids and structures relevant to civil engineering. The research mission of the programme is to provide mechanics-based tools and solutions to civil engineering challenges. Novel computational and analytical techniques are developed for more reliable, efficient and effective analysis of materials and structures. There is a specific interest in new and innovative civil engineering structures and high-performance materials. The research work is fundamental and applied in nature, and has a mono-, multi- or transdisciplinary character. The scientific work should keep pace with the highest level in the international scientific community and with the front line of technical innovations and challenges.