Postdoc Film Extrusion of Functional Polymer Nanocomposite for Inductive Polymer Welding Processes

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 07 Jan 2024

Challenge: To help making the E-Mobility climate neutral.
Change: Change the way we assemble and disassemble lightweight structures with functional polymer systems.
Impact: Contributing to sustainable.

The mobility sector is undergoing drastic changes to radically adjust its footprint to contribute to the energy and material transition. In this Next Gen Initiative, Dutch companies and knowledge institutions work together to develop advanced manufacturing approaches for sustainable thermoplastic composite structures considering the entire life cycle. Polymer-based joining and disassembly processes, referred to as welding and de-welding are of particular interest. Here, we wish to embed magnetic (nano) particles to into polymer matrices or films, creating functional nanocomposite, to melt the material on-demand in alternating magnetic field (induction) for highly tailored fusion processes.

You will be developing a compounding and film extrusion process to disperse candidate magnetic (nano)particle into high performance polymers. This includes investigating and developing (in-line) characterisation techniques to evaluate the homogeneity and magnetic properties of the compound. Finally, you will develop a custom inductive heating setup to evaluate the heating and melting performance of the functional polymer films by using advanced non-invasive monitoring techniques.

The outcome of this research is crucial to our project partners to develop on-demand fusion bonding techniques for the assembly, disassembly or recycling of lightweight structures in future sustainable mobility systems. The position is embedded in the faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies Group and is supervised by Prof. Clemens Dransfeld in collaboration with Dr. Laura Rossi, assistant Professor from the Colloidal Engineering and Materials Design Group from the Faculty of Applied Sciences

You have an excellent track record in engineering, materials science or processing related aspects of polymers and composites. You are driven in applying science to application inspired challenges, you are detail driven and are interested in solving important societal problems from the bottom up. You have outstanding experimental skills and you have the ability to combine experiments with numerical methods. You are a strong team player and enjoy collaborating with people working on a broad interdisciplinary range towards a common goal. You are willing to develop managerial skills by helping with the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students working on the same project.

The positions at TU Delft require English proficiency to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well and write scientific articles.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

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Challenge. Change. Impact!

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 270 PhD candidates and close to 3000 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond. 

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If you would like more information about this role, please contact Clemens Dransfeld, [email protected]   or Laura Rossi, [email protected]

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 7 January 2024 via the application button and add the following documents to your application:

  • Motivation letter.
  • Detailed CV.
  • At least three relevant publications.
  • Names and contact information of at least three relevant references.


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