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PhD: Nano-devices for optical sensing surfaces

optics, metamaterials or micro/nanomanufacturing, cutting-edge technology for high-precision sensing

12 maanden geleden


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


Mechanical devices at the nano-scale have optical properties determined by both their structure and their material. Surfaces covered with these structures are of particular interest because of their potential application in communication, waveguides, signal processing, and sensing.
As a PhD candidate, you will investigate these, so-called photonic structures for the development of a new type of strain sensors. The project is a cooperation with leading industrial companies, active in the field of high tech systems. Your tasks include:

• Modelling of photonic devices and their reaction to deformations. You will be working with another PhD on the wave-structure interaction modelling.
• Design of the photonic strain sensor structure for an industrial application setting.
• Realisation of industry-oriented demonstrators, including performance validation.
• Writing a doctoral dissertation, publishing results in renowned peer-reviewed journals, and presenting your research at international conferences.


You should have the following qualifications:
• a strong background in solid mechanics (MSc university degree in mechanical engineering, physics, or a related area).
• some expertise in one or more of: optics, metamaterials or micro/nanomanufacturing.
• Ability to deal with multi-domain modelling and design.
• Ability to do explorative, experimental work.
• Proven skills in teamwork and good communication skills.


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. J.F.L. Goosen, phone: +31 (0)15-2786500, e-mail: j.f.l.goosen@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 15 March 2018 to: application-3mE@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME18-06.

Additional information

J.F.L. Goosen
+31 (0)15-2786500

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 Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) focuses on developing knowledge and methods for small, innovative high-precision devices and systems, such as precision equipment and scientific instrumentation for the high-tech industry. Increasing miniaturisation and function density, and improving precision, speed, and reliability are the key topics in our work. Our approach is multidisciplinary, fundamental, and inspired by industry needs.

This project initiated with the Nano-Engineering Research Initiative (NERI), which brings together PME’s various disciplines to collaborate with industry and other academia to work on long-term, larger, overarching challenges in order to bring nanoscience to real industrial applications. As such, this project is a cooperation with leading industrial companies, active in the field of cutting-edge technology for high-precision sensing.