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PhD: Trivalent Chromium Coating Technology in an Industrial Steel Strip Plating Process

The objective of this PhD candidate study is a fundamental understanding of the strip plating process of mixed chromium metal-carbide-oxide coatings from …

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2266 - € 2897 per maand


The objective of this PhD candidate study is a fundamental understanding of the strip plating process of mixed chromium metal-carbide-oxide coatings from trivalent chromium based electrolytes. A study of the deposition process is very challenging due to its complexity and the many steps that happen both progressively and simultaneously. The time scale in industrial steel strip plating is typically a few seconds, so fast techniques need to be employed to study the chromium deposition process. To obtain fundamental insights in the deposition mechanism and its kinetics as a function of process parameters (electrolyte composition, current density, line speed) and their effects on coating chemistry, texture and morphology, advanced combined and in-situ electrochemical and surface analysis techniques are required. These techniques will allow to study the interplay between the process parameters and surface structure in more detail, and to derive the optimal process conditions to obtain robust and reliable chromium based coatings.  


We are looking for MSc graduautes with a background in materials science, physics, chemistry or other related studies, with the following requirements: - proven experience or affinity with corrosion, surface treatment, electrochemical and/or surface analysis of metals and/or coatings
- excellent analytical skills, initiative, inventiveness, curiosity, diligence, persistence and critical thinking;
- ability to work with scientific and industrial partners;
- strong communication skills (high English proficiency), team player, and good social behaviour. 


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.

Minds for Innovation is the recruitment partner for this project. For more information about this specific project, please contact Professor Arjan Mol, E: J.M.C.Mol@tudelft.nl.
For more information regarding recruitment please contact Jolanda de Roo. E: j.deroo@mindsforinnovation.nl, T: + 316 572 913 50.
To apply, please visit the website http://www.mindsforinnovation.nl/vacancies/ and use the online application tool by 15 August 2018. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE18-46 in the subject of your motivation letter.