Mechanical metamaterials are a fascinating new class of materials. Metamaterials are architected materials, i.e. they have an inner micro-scale structure, that determines the macro-scale properties. Since this microstructure can be rationally designed, entirely new opportunities for designers arise: materials can be constructed with unique and tailored properties not found in nature. Also, by adapting the inner structure, the property can be actively tuned during use.
Mechanical metamaterials are expected to lead to innovations in many applications. In this project we explore mechanical metamaterials for use as compact motion component. Programmed deformation of the metamaterial can be used to fine-position objects, e.g. optical elements like lenses in complex machines: the material becomes a machine.
This PhD project focuses on the design of such metamaterials. Based on systematic methods as e.g. used in mechanism design, metamaterials are designed to meet targeted specifications. The end-goal is to establish generic design methods for user-oriented design of metamaterials. Part of the work is the realization and testing of research demonstrators using our laboratory facilities.
This position is part of a team we are establishing of in total 2 PhD and 1 Postdoc researcher. Next to the current design-oriented position, we have positions for manufacturing of metamaterials (PhD) and for integrating actuators (Postdoc).
The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) of the 3mE faculty focuses on developing knowledge and methods for small, innovative, high-precision devices and systems, such as scientific instrumentation and biomimetic platforms for the molecular diagnostics and high-tech industry. Increasing miniaturization and functionality along with improving sensitivity, speed and reliability are the key topics in our work.
Candidates have a MSc degree in mechanical or mechatronic engineering, design engineering, micro/nano engineering, or related fields. We are looking for candidates who are knowledgeable with analytical or numerical design methods and design principles for mechanical systems, mechanism design theory or have related expertise. Being familiar with micro-engineering and micro-manufacturing principles is a strong advantage. Preferably, candidates have proven skills for defining and carrying out laboratory experiments using state-of-art equipment for manufacture, imaging and observation and mechanical characterization.
Several Dutch high-tech companies take part in this project. The collaboration with a team of fellow researchers and the interactions with the companies will give you the unique opportunity to learn a lot on the applications for which metamaterials have the potential of providing a breakthrough solution. Successful candidates must be able to operate in a team setting and be able to interact with companies.
Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.
TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
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Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.
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