PhDs Alginate (ALE) micro- and nano-composites
We are searching for PhD candidates for the recently granted NWO Gesloten Kringlopen (Closed Cycles) project 'Nanocycle'. The NWO Closed Cycles programme aims …
- Van der Maasweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 2222 - € 2840 per maand
We are searching for PhD candidates for the recently granted NWO Gesloten Kringlopen (Closed Cycles) project 'Nanocycle'. The NWO Closed Cycles programme aims to promote studies on topics that enhance our knowledge on Cyclic Economy related subjects. The Nanocycle Project examins the properties of the alginate like exopolymer (ALE) derived from granular sludge based processes, such as the Nereda wastewater treatment process.
This study aims to understand the microbiological processes that govern microbial extracellular polymer (i.e. ALE) formation in aerobic granular sludge in Nereda reactors. With the knowledge of the fundamental cellular processes (genetic and metabolic regulation) process conditions that lead to formation of an optimised biopolymer will have to be developed.
This PhD study concerns the investigation of the ultimate mechanical properties of ALE (and alginate) (bio)polymer based micro- and nano-composites, where we propose to build on our current expertise and understanding. The indications are that competitive high materials performance can be obtained by intelligent design of the material's formulation and processing, making use of detaled insight in macromolecule physics, control of interactions and explicit use of non-equilibrium structure formation processes. In particulat the stiffness, light weight, non-flammbility, bio-based and low-cost combination is quite unique.
PhD candidates are expected to follow the various courses as specified by the graduate school and contribute part of their time to teaching assistance.
PhD 1: Academic MSc level in Life Science with affinity for (meta)genomic and metabolomic approaches
PhD 2: Academic MSc level in (technical) physics, chemsitry or materials science;
General: Good knowledge of English; Good writing skills and demonstrated aptitude for academic 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.
For more information about the selection procedure, plesae contact Veby Agus, Management Assistant, e-mail: V.A.Agus@tudelft.nl.
To apply for this position, please e-mail a CV and a letter of application by 1 June 2018 to M.C.M.vanLoosdrecht@tudelft.nl (PhD1) and to S.J.Picken@tudelft.nl (PhD2). Please send a copy to Ms. Veby Agus, e-mail: V.A.Agus@tudelft.nl.
When applying for one of these positions, please refer to vacancy number TNWCE18-026.