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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023


Fusion bonding with magnetic nanoparticles for sustainable aviation

Job description

In this postdoctoral vacancy, you will devlop multi scale heat transfer models in thermoplastic fusion bonding based on polymer matrices functionalized with magnetic (nano)particles. Your work complements our current experimental research aiming at novel fusion bonding approaches for thermoplastic composites for next generation zero-emission aircrafts made from circular materials. You will explore novel approaches towards formulating constitutive laws considering scale effects of magnetic systems in heterogenious material architectures considerring nonlinear behavior in the magnetic and polymer domain.

This position is part of a R&D Mobiliteitssectoren (RDM) funding scheme for fully composite liquid hydrogen tank for civil aviation and will be jointly supervisedby Laura Rossi - Colloidal Engineering and Materials design ( and Clemens Dransfeld - Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies Group (


You have an excellent track record from your PhD studies in physics, engineering, materials science or related. You are driven by scientific curiosity, are detailed driven and are interested in solving important societal problems from the bottom up, starting from the fundamental aspects and first principles. You have experience with numerical methods and are willing to combine them with targeted experiments. You already have experience or are willing to delve into the physics of magnetism and magnetic materials as well as polymer physics. You are a strong team player and enjoy collaborating with people working on in a broad interdisciplinary range towards a common goal. You are willing to develop managerial skills by helping with the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students working on the same project.

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 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 we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

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Additional information

The Advanced Soft Matter (ASM) research group is focused on the development and characterisation of new, functional, soft molecular and polymer materials, as well as the design and synthesis of new functional molecules and polymers. Examples include dynamic gels and surfactants, self-healing materials and out-of -equilibrium systems, often formed by self-assembly or directed self-assembly of molecular building blocks. Materials of interest may range from bio-organic to opto-electronic, nanostructured materials.

The Department of Chemical Engineering promotes the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge in chemistry and chemical engineering, with a focus on materials for energy and health applications. We aspire to improve the quality of life in a sustainable society through discovery and innovation, the quality of life of our graduates through inspiration and teaching, and the quality of life of our peers through collaboration and exchange. With a proud heritage in chemical engineering, the department seeks to break new ground in areas where molecular understanding and engineering design meet. 

Application procedure

For more information about this vacancy please contact Professor Clemens Dransfeld, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, or Assistant Professor Laura Rossi, Faculty of Applied Sciences,

IMPORTANT! Only use these contacts for questions about the vacancy. Additional material and applications sent to these email addresses WILL NOT be considered.

Applicants are invited to submit a motivation letter, a detailed CV and names and contact details of three references that we may approach as part of your application procedure. DO NOT submit general reccommendation letters with your application, these will not be considered.  For further information about the application procedure, please contact Ms. Veby Agus,

The applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, therefore you are invited to submit your application as soon as it is ready. We reserve the right to stop the selection procedure before the deadline once a suitable candidate has been identified.