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PhD: Metallic Microstructures & Mechanical Properties

Department/faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering 
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week 
Contract: 4 years
Salary: € 2125 to € 2717 gross per month

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) of Delft University of Technology undertakes coherent and innovative research dedicated to developing, producing, characterising and manipulating materials, with a focus on metals. The aim is to develop fundamental understanding forming the basis for better performance and a longer life cycle with preservation of functionality, while at the same time optimising sustainable use of resources and minimising the environmental footprint.

The microstructure section of the research group Metals Processing, Microstructure and Properties, with five senior scientists and some 15 PhD students and post-docs, has a leading position worldwide in the field of microstructure control, based on both experimental characterisation and physical modelling.

Job description

For a joint project of the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Statistics at the Delft University of Technology, a position for a PhD student in materials science is available. A PhD student in statistics will work on the same project. The research will aim at substantial deepening of the understanding of the relation between metallic microstructures and mechanical properties, through advanced experimental research and physical and statistical modelling. The project will be performed in collaboration with Tata Steel, Materials Innovation Institute (M2i) and technology foundation STW. The research aims at the development of physical relations between the intricate, 3D features of multi-phase, metallic microstructures of Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) and the mechanical properties of the materials. The quantitative characterisation of the microstructure will be far more involved than is now in use for estimations of the mechanical properties, which is a necessity due to the complexity of AHSS microstructures. Moreover, the prediction of mechanical properties on the basis of microstructural features will be extended beyond the usual limitation of the yield stress to properties like toughness, bending strength and hole expansion. A statistical approach will be used to find relations between microstructural and mechanical quantities, and these equations will be used to develop the physical understanding and quantitative relations. In addition, microstructural modelling on the basis of the Finite Element Method will be used to simulate the behaviour of multi-phase microstructures with given characteristics.

Requirements

A critical and creative approach to the research is essential for the PhD student. An “academic attitude” is required: excellent analytical skills, taking initiative, inventiveness, curiousity and critical thinking about the research approach and about the results, strong communication skills, ability to integrate, and good social behaviour.
The candidate has a Master degree in Materials Science, Physics or Chemistry, and a strong interest in experimental research on metallic microstructures and properties, as well as sharp analytical skills. The required quality of the PhD student is very high in order to obtain the far-reaching results that we expect for this project.

Conditions of employment

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 www.phd.tudelft.nl for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Jilt Sietsma, phone: +31 (0)15-2782284, e-mail: این آدرس ایمیل توسط spambots حفاظت می شود. برای دیدن شما نیاز به جاوا اسکریپت دارید or M. Rupert, phone: +31 (0)6 30477067, e-mail: این آدرس ایمیل توسط spambots حفاظت می شود. برای دیدن شما نیاز به جاوا اسکریپت دارید.
Please apply via the website http://www.m2i.nl/vacancies/ by 1 December 2015.