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PhD-position on “printing Thermal Interface Materials”

Job description

Are you fascinated to develop advanced materials for thermal fluid engineering applications? Do you have an experience on synthesis and characterization of functional materials?

We are looking for a 4- year PhD researcher to reinforce our team!

In sustainable energy applications including electrical engine driven vehicles, energy storages, or other electronic devices, increasing energy densities and down-scaling have resulted in a pressing need for efficient heat removal. Furthermore, connecting electric components to an external cooling structure requires new flexible and lightweight materials for highly effective heat transport and cooling. These materials must be eco-friendly and tuneable from nanometre to centimetre length scales.

Ideally, the thermal properties of copper are combined with the flexibility of polymer foams and then based on renewable resources. These materials hardly exist, but we believe that this is achievable by combining a novel method for printing of polymer foams (Architected Polymer Foams via Direct Bubble Writing, Advanced Materials, 2019) with extremely conductive nanotubes/platelets. The new manufacturing technology allows to print foam of variable structure (pore size, polymer fraction) in a fast and reliable manner and with a variety of monomer- or composite-resins. Here, formulation, process optimization, and application go hand-in-hand. The resulting foams can be of high value not only for flexible thermal interface materials, but also aid applications in heat storage.

Your profile

The position requires a candidate with strong interests in multidisciplinary research. You have a high-level analytical capability as e.g. reflected by a strong academic track record or MSc thesis. You have experience with relevant equipment as used in experimental chemistry, physics, or materials science.

  • Candidates should have obtained a master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Materials Engineering with outstanding results.
  • Candidates should have a strong theoretical and experimental background on topics such as polymer chemistry, resin formulation, high-speed imaging, or nanomaterials synthesis and application.
  • Knowledge of materials characterization, microfluidics, and heat transfer is desirable.
  • Your writing skills are good - you have written technical reports and/or scientific papers. You are fluent in English, both spoken and written.
  • You have strong analytical skills.
  • You have the ability to work independently.
  • You are excited about learning from and contributing to a high quality, impactful  research team that consists of MSc students, PhD candidates and post-docs

Our offer

During this cross-disciplinary project you will acquire unique expertise and outstanding skills through close contact with academic collaborators. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position.
  • We provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities.
  • You will be part of a dedicated team with which you will collaborate extensively with industry.
  • A starting salary of € 2.434,- gross per month in the first year and increasing to € 3.111 gross per month in the fourth year.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.

The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities.

Your first responsibility is to carry out the research, but you are also encouraged to acquire teaching experience. We support you to broaden your knowledge by joining international exchange programs, by participating in national and international conferences and workshops and by visiting industrial companies, research institutes, and universities worldwide.

Information and application

You are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Wilko Rohlfs: w.rohlfs@utwente.nl for any questions you might have.

Please upload your application via the ‘Apply now’ button.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter exposing the candidate motivation for this position.
  • An up-to-date CV, detailing work experience and research and academic achievements
  • Transcript of records (applicant’s ranking and marks) for both Bachelor degree and Master degree.
  • At least two reference letters from a (former) supervisor, professor, or a manager with contact information.

Only complete submissions that include all the aforementioned documents will be considered for future processes.

A first selection will be made based on this written application. A selected group of applicants will be invited for an interview.

The application deadline is 15 December 2021.

A Game-Based assessment will be also part of the selection procedure.

About the organization

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor's and Master's students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, 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, customisable conditions.

PhD-position on “printing Thermal Interface Materials”
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