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PhD/PD position in WAX+ project


Job description

Heat storage using phase changes in paraffin wax is a fundamental technology with great potential to contribute significantly to the energy transition.
The WAX+ project aims to create new heterogeneous hybrid materials in which a highly conductive graphene network is embedded in paraffin to significantly improve the thermal responsiveness of the material. WAX+ involves a collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE; Profs. Lyulin, Bobbert, Huinink and Friedrich) and the University of Twente (UT; Prof. Geurts). The project is associated with CCER, the Center for Computational Energy Research. In total three research positions are involved in WAX+ of which

  • one is focussed on experimental work synthesizing and characterizing the new hybrid material (TUE),
  • one is focussed on molecular dynamics analysis of heat transport at the nano scale (TUE) and
  • one is focussed on multiscale modeling and simulation of heat transport on larger scales, up to system size (UT)

This advertisement concerns the PhD/PD position at the University of Twente (UT). In this sub-project we are targeting the development and application of computational models for the multiscale analysis of heat transport in hybrid paraffin with embedded highly conducting graphene heat pathways. The successful applicant will join the Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (MMS) group of the Department of Mathematics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

For more information about the WAX+ project, click here

Your profile

We look for a highly motivated, enthusiastic researcher who is driven by scientific curiosity and has:

  • an M.Sc. (PhD) degree in applied mathematics, applied physics, thermal engineering, or a related field
  • a creative and interdisciplinary approach to pushing boundaries of science and engineering
  • programming experience (e.g., Fortran, C++, Matlab, Python)
  • proficiency in English and good oral and written communication skills

Our offer

We offer an exciting temporary research position in a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance. UT offers excellent working conditions, a stimulating scientific environment supported by an international scientific community on campus.

  • You will be appointed on a fulltime PhD (PD) position for four (three) years, with a qualifier in the first year.
  • You will have a full status as an employee at UT. This includes a pension plan, health care benefits and good secondary conditions as part of our collective labour agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities.
  • The salary of the PhD will range from EUR 2.395,- (1st year) to EUR 3.061,- (4th year) per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%). In case of interest at PD level, salary scales will be determined in relation to actual experience and expertise levels.
  • We also offer facilities for professional and personal development.

Information and application

Are you interested to be part of our team? Please send your application before February 14, 2021 via the "apply now" button and include:

  • an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your interest, qualifications and motivation to apply
  • a detailed CV (resume) and, if applicable, a publication list – please indicate whether you apply at PhD candidate of as candidate for the PD position
  • an academic transcript of your B.Sc. and M.Sc. education

An online assessment will be part of the application procedure.

The first interviews are scheduled in the 1st week of March, 2021. Please take this into account.

For more information you are welcome to contact B.J. Geurts (

About the organization

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the EEMCS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

PhD/PD position in WAX+ project
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