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Promovendus in Computational Modelling of Morphogenesis in Biomaterials

Challenge: Understand of how material growth interacts with environmental factors   
Change: Develop multi-physics computational models to simulate growth of biomaterials in realistic settings
Impact: Provide insights guiding the development of bio-inspired materials that mimic natural growth

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


Material growth is ubiquitous in nature and in engineering systems. Understanding the mechanisms that govern this multi-physics phenomenon will prove fundamental in diverse areas of science and engineering, including design of innovative bio-inspired materials, classification of tumours for optimal treatment, and patient-specific medicine, to name a few.

The computational modelling of growth and morphogenesis presents significant challenges as a result of the interplay between several coupled mechanisms, which include the large deformation of the soft solid, the diffusion of nutrients sustaining the growth through the solid, and the chemical reactions. In addition to modelling challenges, algorithmic challenges also arise when considering large-scale problems in arbitrary three-dimensional settings.

In this PhD project you will use novel mathematical models to describe the coupled problem of material growth, you will develop algorithms simulating the evolution of the multi-physics system and you will implement these algorithms in an object-oriented finite element software library written in C++/Python. The end goal of the work is to advance our understanding of how material growth interacts with environmental factors.

Within this broad area, there is room to shape the project to your own interests. You will develop your research in a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team, where you will have the opportunity to build up your own research network.


  • MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering, Applied Mathematics or a closely related discipline
  • Fluent in at least one programming language
  • Strong mathematical modelling skills
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)


  • Experience in computational mechanics
  • Experience in C++ programming language
  • Experience developing software under Linux OS


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 vacancy, please contact Dr. Bianca Giovanardi, Assistant Professor at the Department of Aerospace Structures and Materials, email: b.giovanardi@tudelft.nl.

Preferred start date of position : Fall 2021 or on a mutually agreed date thereafter.