Postdoctoral Researcher on Fundamental Understanding of Crystallisation Pressure to Prevent Building Damage

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Deadline: 10 Mar 2024

1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 3,226 - € 5,090

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Organizational unit
Faculty of Science

Application deadline
10 March 2024

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The goal of this project is to understand and optimise the role of inhibitors that are added to mortars to minimise damage to buildings caused by salt formation. This requires first an assessment of the phenomenon of crystallisation pressure without additives, because it has become clear that this is still not understood, even after 150 years. While fundamental in nature, the project partners provide a direct link to applications.
To understand the phenomenon of crystallization pressure in detail, you will perform systematic experiments in close interaction with local staff members . The systems investigated start from single crystals in model set-ups, but will also include porous media and additives that alter growth and damaging behaviour. You will publish the research results in scientific publications.
  • You hold a PhD in physics, chemistry or materials science.
  • You should have an interest and experience in the physical chemistry of crystal growth and mass transport.
  • You possess good experimental skills and good social skills.
  • You have a good command of spoken and written English.

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You will be employed by Radboud University. The research is part of an NWO-funded collaboration between Delft University of Technology, Radboud University and Eindhoven University of Technology. This fundamental part will be conducted at the latter two locations (in the Solid State Chemistry group and Transport in Permeable Media group (link is external) respectively). You will join both groups to benefit from their complementary expertise and techniques. The goal of the Solid State Chemistry group is to obtain a fundamental understanding of the processes that occur during crystal growth. The goal of the Transport in Permeable Media group is to understand the physics of transport and phase changes in complex permeable media, in order to better design and engineer materials for a sustainable society.

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  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,226 and a maximum of €5,090 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10 ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 1,5 year.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services . Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

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Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions . You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

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For questions about the position, please contact Elias Vlieg, Professor at +31 24 365 30 70 or [email protected] .  Alternatively, you can contact Leo Pel, Assistant Professor at +31 40 247 34 06 or [email protected] .
Practical information and applying
You can apply until 10 March 2024, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Elias Vlieg. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
The first round of interviews will take place on Monday, 25 March. You would preferably begin employment as soon as posible. 
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We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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