PostDoc: Water Lubricated Compliant Machine Design (3mE20-02)

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PostDoc: Water Lubricated Compliant Machine Design

Department/faculty: Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 1 year with the possibility of extension to 2 years
Salary: 3389 - 4274 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in ground breaking 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 along with improving precision, speed and reliability are the key topics in our work. Our approach is multidisciplinary, fundamental and inspired by industry needs.

Within this department of PME, the focus group Mechatronic System Design is working in a reseach field that is characterized by synergistic integration of mechanisms, sensors, actuators and control to perform complex tasks in a multiphysical environment.

The fundamental technologies that we develop in this area are vital for high performance systems in future machines, robotics and automation settings.  The development of distributed actuation, sensing, and control concepts is one of the common characteristics of all research in our group.

New system and machine components are developed for diverse applications, ranging from motion devices and stages with nano-positioning accuracy, to small-scale machines for dedicated tasks in for instance inspection or manufacturing of devices with nano-scale features for micro robotics, to novel concept machine components for large or huge scale applications, such as wind energy harvesting turbines.

Job description

Offshore wind turbines are becoming larger in size and power, resulting in lower speed and higher torque. This results in a significant increase in drive train size and mass, requiring larger and more expensive support structures.

Alternative drive train concepts are developed to address this. One promising solution is the use of an hydraulic drive train, consisting of a high power density hydraulic pump in the nacelle and a central turbine / generator combination on sealevel.

Your task as a PostDoc is the study and development of critical components in this new, water lubricated, high torque, drive train. This is an extension of the previous work on compliant bearings from the same research group.

In addition, the results of this research need to be introduced in the development of the wind turbine design of the industrial partner. The communication, realization, and testing of the new water lubricated machine components on this offshore wind turbine scale will be your responsibility as a PostDoc.


We are looking for a team player with a background in mechanical engineering, with a proven affinity for machine design and tribology. A PhD-degree from a mechanical engineering related project is required. Familiarity with modelling and simulation is necessary, as is an affinity with mechanical design and manufacturing.  A willingness to become familiar with other fields is essential. The work is part of a larger research and industrial development programme, and you must be able and looking forward to function in a multidisciplinary environment and co-operate with people from university and company.

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 information about this vacancy, you can contact Ron van Ostayen, Associate Professor, email: [email protected] , tel: +31 15 27 81647.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Irina Bruckner, HR-Advisor, email: [email protected] .

To apply, please submit a letter of interest (including motivation relevant to the research topic), a detailed curriculum vitae (including study curriculum rankings if available, relevant research experience and publications) and your official transcripts (in English) by 13 March 2020.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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