Post-doc: Soft Magnetic Actuator for Mechatronic application (3ME18-20)

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Post-doc: Soft Magnetic Actuator for Mechatronic application

Department/faculty: Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering - Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME)
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 12 months
Salary: 3111 - 4084 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering - Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME)

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 Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) focuses on developing knowledge and methods for small, innovative high-precision devices and systems, such as precision equipment and scientific instrumentation for the high-tech industry. Increasing miniaturisation and function density, and improving precision, speed and reliability are the key topics in our work. Our approach is multidisciplinary, fundamental and inspired by industry needs. PME delivers skilled professionals and contributes knowledge to the open innovation environment to support leadership of the High-Tech Systems Industry. We focus on exploiting scientific and engineering concepts to create technologies for the extreme miniaturisation of high-tech systems and for improving accuracy and reliability of scientific instrumentation. 

You will be working in a challenging international environment, with access to state-of-the art facilities for high-tech system development. You will participate in a large team with strong industrial and academic collaborations. The vacant position is in collaboration between the department of PME ( ), Delft Center for System and Control and Department of Biomechanical Engineering.    

Job description

This is a postdoctoral research position, with a limited 12-month duration. You will develop, conduct and supervise research on energy efficient magnetic actuators for mechatronics. You will be engaged in the development of novel systems aimed at creating a demonstrator as a proof of principle, based on tuneable electromagnetic with applications in precision mechatronics applications.

The tasks to be performed include:
The design of a soft material actuator suitable to the mechatronic and biomechanical applications,
• The development of a suitable fabrication process for the manufacturing of the system,
• The characterization and testing of the device’s functionality, stability and reliability,
• The supervision of MSc student projects related to your own,
• Being an inspiring member for the PME department by proactive participation,
• Engaging in the writing of scientific articles and proposals to secure funding for further work on the topic.    


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
•  PhD and multidisciplinary background within the fields of (but not restricted to) Mechanical Engineering,  Electrical engineering, Mechatronics, Applied Physics, Material Science.

•  Experience with:
° Softmatter actuators (polymeric, magnetic, electrical, penumatic, etc)
° Magnetic actuator
° Modelling and control of such systems.

•  Experience or high interest (not mandatory but preferred) with:
° Hands on experimental work and fabriation
° Compliant mechanisms or robotics applications.

•  A good publication record.

•  Interest in educational tasks such as teaching and supervision of Master and PhD students.

•  Good skill in writing scientific articles and funding proposals

•  High motivation for teamwork and good communication skills.  

Conditions of employment

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.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr Hassan HosseinNia, Assistant Professor, e-mail:, phone: 015-2784248.  To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date, detailed curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, and the names and contact information (telephone number and e-mail address) of two references by 30 May to: . When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME18-20.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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