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PhD position Smart material structures for actuating engineering materials

Advances in technology greatly depend on engineering materials. The successful candidate will research how to improve the performance of a selection of smart …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


Advances in technology greatly depend on engineering materials. The successful candidate will research how to improve the performance of a selection of smart material actuators and how to tailor them for actuation in high-tech engineering applications. On theoretical side you will study the state-of-the-art of the electroactive polymer actuators, design actuators with tailored functionalities, and analyse their performance using mathematical or FEM tools. In labs you will develop additive manufacturing processes (combinations of inkjet printing, laser ablation and similar) required to manufacture these materials, integrate them with compliant mechanisms and measure their functionalities. Research demonstration links to new generation motion systems for high-tech applications and small-scale robotics. This work will be conducted in the well-equipped facilities of the PME department in TU Delft.


A suitable candidate is strongly motivated about the research content and has a suitable preparation to conduct research that consists of both theoretical and experimental tasks:

  1. Strong interest and curiosity in:
    a) actuating materials and mechanisms design;
    b) additive manufacturing processes;
    c) interplay between materials in manufacturing processes;
    d) experimental evaluation.
  2. MSc (or equivalent) degree in an *engineering* or *natural sciences* discipline: Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Physics, etc;
  3. Experience in *one* (or more) of the following fields:
    a) Additive manufacturing: inkjet printing, multi-material manufacturing;
    b) Smart material transducers: manufacturing, experimental characterisation;
    c) Composite materials: manufacturing, experimental characterisation;
  4. Beneficial experiences that will give an advantage (the more the better):
    a) Experience with aerosol jet printing, laser ablation and sintering;
    b) Experience with other additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in small length scale;
    c) Experience with custom experimental set-ups: design, building and measurement automation;
    d) Experience with lab equipment for materials research;
    e) Modelling of smart materials (piezoelectric ceramics and crystals, electroactive polymers or other stimuli-responsive materials);
    f) Experimental model identification (black box, grey box or physics- based);
    g) Physics of materials adhesion and interfaces;
    h) Modelling of continuum and multi-body systems;
    i) Publication history in (international) conferences or journals;
  5. Excellent level of spoken and written English.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

For more information about this position please contact Andres Hunt, Assistant Professor, email: A.Hunt@tudelft.nl.