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Post-doc: Flexible Piezoelectric Composite Materials

Composite materials for sensor, actuator, haptic feedback, and energy harvesting applications

6 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 4084 per maand


We are looking for a post-doc candidate with an interest in materials science, chemistry, and physics for research on composite materials for sensor, actuator, haptic feedback, and energy harvesting applications. The researcher will work on making new composite materials and evaluating their electrical properties. The upscaling of the technology is also to be investigated. The project is funded by and will be carried out in close collaboration with industry. Finally, the researcher is expected to make independent contributions to the planned scientific publications and to present the results from this project to the outside world.


Candidates should have an interest and preferably some experience in materials science and an interest in chemistry and physics. Such expertise should have been obtained in an MSc programme leading to a degree in chemistry, mechanical engineering, materials engineering, chemical engineering, applied physics or a similar field. A PhD in the same field is required. Experience with piezoelectric materials and their applications is preferred. While we guarantee active supervision, we expect candidates to have the ability to work independently and to be self-motivated. Given the nature of the project and our research culture, good communication skills and the ability to work individually as well as in a team are important pre-requisites. Fluency in English is a requirement.


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.

For more information, please contact Prof. Pim Groen, phone:+31 (0)15-2781607, e-mail: w.a.groen@tudelft.nl. To apply, please send the following: 1) a cover letter (max. 1 page A4), emphasising your specific interests, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position, 2) a detailed CV, 3) a summary of academic record or research experience as well as a list of your publications, 4) proof of English proficiency and 5) names of three references. Please e-mail your application by 21 January 2018 to S. P. Visser, s.p.visser@tudelft.nl.
When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR18-01.

Additional information

Pim Groen
+31 (0)15-2781607

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. Aerospace Engineering The Aerospace Structures and Materials Department (ASM) in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering is a world leader in the design of new materials, (hybrid) material combinations and structural concepts for aerospace applications. The three sections in the department, Novel Aerospace Materials (NovAM), Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics (ASCM), and Structural Integrity and Composites (SIC), together with their Structures and Materials Laboratory (DASML), focus on complementary aspects and work synergistically towards their common goal of new, lightweight technologies for the aerospace industry.

Novel Aerospace Materials (NovAM) specialises in the design and development of new materials for aerospace and other high-tech applications. Our research covers metals, polymers, self-healing materials and SMART materials. In the SMART materials part we work on functional composites based on piezoelectric filler particles inside a polymer matrix. These composites can be used for sensors, actuators, and energy harvesting.