Are you interested in working in a research consortium with esteemed partners from both academia and industry?
Are you inspired to push the boundaries of design principles in high-end technology applications?
Are you fascinated by the potential of metamaterials to outperform conventional materials?
Join the METRAMAT project, a MSCA European Doctoral Network aimed at training young researchers to become skilled in metamaterial development by researching and creating a combined set of design, simulation, manufacturing, testing, reliability assessment and integration tools that will strengthen the European manufacturing industry and lead to a sustainable society.
The European manufacturing industry, crucial for economic competitiveness, faces challenges pushing the limits of traditional materials, particularly in high-tech sectors like lithography and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Metamaterials, built up from rationally, pre-designed architected substructures, hold the promise to outperform conventional materials and redefine the boundaries of industrial design practices, which can drive the much-needed transformational changes in European manufacturing industry.
METRAMAT aims to train 10 researchers in metamaterial development, of which 3 at the TU/e. The involvement of MEMS, lithography and additive manufacturing industries ensures that the scientific training is tuned to existing industrial challenges requiring new fundamental solutions, such as positioning accuracy, sensor sensitivity or shielding of external vibrational disturbances, with emphasis on design for manufacturability and reliability. Together with the transferable skills training, secondments and networking opportunities, this program will provide a solid foundation for a successful career in either industry or academia.
Position DC1: For this position, you will focus on modelling, design, and optimization of metamaterials with tunable mechanical properties. You will develop modelling techniques for rational design and optimization of new metamaterial unit cells with switchable mechanical properties, using multiphysics modelling and topology or shape optimization tools. The main focus will be on relation between static and dynamic properties, such as effective stiffness and changes in anisotropy, leading to switchable directional band gaps or adjustable directionality in wave propagation and vibration control. You will also spend some time at our partner organizations during planned secondments at NTNU (NO), Politecnico di Milano (IT) and Additive Industries (NL).
Position DC4: For this position, you will focus on design and modelling techniques for metamaterials based on emergent non-linear phenomena. You will investigate non-linear phenomena exploitable for metamaterial design for 3D meta-MEMS, analyze suitability of the amplitude dependent energy exchange between propagating and evanescent waves for potential design of a sensor or actuator and develop efficient modelling and analysis techniques for non-linear metamaterials going beyond the direct fully resolved time domain simulations. You will also spend some time abroad during the planned secondments at Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Politecnico di Milano (IT) and STMicroelectronics (IT).
Position DC9: For this position, you will focus on simulation methodologies for metamaterial integration at the system level. You will develop efficient computational techniques to enable simulations for metamaterial integration into (existing) components or systems, which imposes constraints on the finite size and shape of metamaterial domain, and requires taking into account the effects of boundaries and interfaces to other system components. You will also spend some time at our partner organizations during planned secondments at KU Leuven (BE) and ASML (NL).
More information on the METRAMAT project and other METRAMAT DC positions, both at TU/e and at partner institutions, can be found on the METRAMAT website: http://metramat.eu/recruitment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Varvara Kouznetsova, Associate Professor in Multi-scale Mechanics of Solids, v.g.kouznetsova[at]tue.nl or +31 40 247 5885 for positions DC4 and DC9 or Ondřej Rokoš, Assistant Professor in the Mechanics of Materials , o.rokos[at]tue.nl or +3140 247 2644 for position DC1.
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A recruitment committee will select suitable candidates for a first round based on academic formation, professional and/or research experience, motivation, and references. If selected, you will be given a short assignment related to the topic of the project to evaluate analytical abilities and level of written English, followed by interviews. Interviews will take place online to provide equal opportunities to all candidates independent of their location (estimated to take place the end of January). Ideally, you will start this position between March and August 2024.
The METRAMAT consortium embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. In the recruitment process measures will be taken to ensure that equal opportunities criteria in the selection process are applied, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation. In case of disability, a special needs allowance is available from the EU to ensure adequate participation in the action.