Postdoc on Life Cycle Evaluation and Design of Thermoplastic Hydrogen Pressure Vessels

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 25 Jun 2023

12 May 2023
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

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Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

25 Jun 2023 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Life cycle evaluation is an important aspect of novel structures and needs to become an integral part of design. As such, the life cycle evaluation of composite pressure vessels, which may be used as storage tank for LH2 in future airplanes, is an important aspect to investigate. In this work, two aspects of life cycle evaluation will be investigated to determine whether thermoset or thermoplastic composite materials are the best to use. On one hand, the manufacturing process itself will be studied, on the other hand the additional design options (and possible weight savings) when using thermoplastic material rather than thermoset will be investigated. By the end of the project, an informed decision about the best option shall be presented.

This position is part of the COCOLIGH2T (COmposite COnformal Liquid H2 Tank) project. In this project the main aim is to design, develop, and manufacture a disruptive, safe, and lightweight LH2 storage system for the aviation sector with increased volumetric efficiency. This storage system will be conformal and made out of composite material.

Specific Requirements
  • You are an enthusiastic researcher with excellent qualifications, such as a PhD degree (or equivalent) in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related subject.
  • You have affinity with life cycle analysis and composite design is strongly preferred. Experience with research on thermoplastic composites is a big plus.
  • You have a very good command of the English language, in direct communication as well as writing skills and enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • You are expected to publish scientific articles and participate in international conferences.

Additional Information

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (based on scale 10: € 2.960,00 - € 4.670,00). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 25 June 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. ir. Julien van Campen, Assistant professor, email: . For more information about the recruitment process, please contact .

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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