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PDEng 3D printing of multiple materials: Concrete, Insulation, Reinforcements

PDEng 3D printing of multiple materials: Concrete, Insulation, Reinforcements

PDEng position to develop 3D printing technology for multiple materials: Concrete, Insulation, and possibly Reinforcements, to be used to fabricate 3D printed building panels.
Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng trainee)
Department of the Built Environment
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Job description

PDEng position to develop 3D printing technology for multiple materials: Concrete, Insulation, and possibly Reinforcements, to be used to fabricate 3D printed building panels. Candidates have an MSc in Mechanical, Civil, or Industrial Engineering; have strong technical skills; are familiar with Dynamics and Control, and can write well-structured texts in fluent English.

The Department of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology offers you a PDEng position to follow a two-year post-master technological designer program, which leads to the degree of ‘Professional Doctorate in Engineering’ (PDEng). The program consists of first year workshops and a second year design project.

To meet the targets set by the Dutch government to fulfil the Paris Climate agreement (2015), tomorrow's renovation of housing requires extensive research and engineering, made possible by the recent financing of the nationwide research program BTIC. Within this program, it is realized that he renovation of many buildings can take place by stripping their existing facades, and by replacing these facades by new panels that are both structurally sound (to serve as a structural facade) and insulate thermally well. However, as almost every building is unique, this requires custom production, i.e. 3D printing, and a technology that can print multiple materials during the manufacturing process. The PDEng second year design project will develop this technology. It will make use of technology for 3D printing of concrete as developed at Eindhoven University of Technology, and will extend this for with the possibility to include several materials (concrete and insulation, and possible reinforcements). The design project will be carried out in the unit of Structural Engineering and Design ( within the Chairs of Concrete and Masonry Structures and Applied Mechanics, and with additional support from company Saint Gobain Weber Beamix (Dr. Blaakmeer) and the Chair of Design Systems (Prof. Bauke De Vries).

The first year workshops will be arranged by the Smart Buildings & Cities PDEng program, which contributes to the transition towards smart, intelligent and sustainable cities via new solutions which can only be created through multiscale and transdisciplinary (design) approaches. You will follow technical workshops in which you acquire knowledge concerning important concepts of disciplines other than your own (master) specialism. You will follow these workshops with other trainees (all with different master specialisms). The workshops increase your ability to effectively and efficiently communicate with these other disciplines in multidisciplinary design teams. Furthermore, you will follow workshops on design methods, entrepreneurship and professional skills. This enables you to become a technical designer with a broad technological understanding of energy related disciplines in and engineering environment (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, building physics and services and ICT). You will excel in your own discipline and you are able to work in multidisciplinary design teams, contributing to design issues outside your own core disciplines; integrating different technologies into new products and concepts; and understanding the commercial aspects of these innovative products and concepts.

Job requirements

  • An excellent and highly motivated candidate with an MSc degree in Mechanical, Civil, or Industrial Engineering, and strong technical and experimental skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in: Experimental Mechanics, Dynamics and Control
  • Preferably also experience in scripting and programming.
  • An academic attitude to develop new systems and perform applied research with an integral view on what is needed for the future built environment.
  • An excellent command of the English language, both in speaking and writing, and structured writing skills in general.

Conditions of employment

We offer a fulltime PDEng traineeship of two years. The traineeship is a formal employment at the Eindhoven University of Technology according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Trainees receive a financial compensation according to this standard. Gross monthly income: € 1913

Trainees are provided with their own work place in the building of the Department of the Built Environment. The university provides all general modern facilities belonging to first class universities; mediation in housing, excellent sports facilities, language courses, modern digital library facilities etc. For more information please visit

Information and application


You can respond to this vacancy via our application page by clicking on the button "Solliciteer op deze vacature / Apply for this job". We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

You can upload a maximum of 5 documents of up to 2 MB each. We would like to receive the following five documents (in pdf-format):

1. A motivation letter (max 1 A4)

2. A Curriculum Vitae (max 3 A4)

3. Copies of relevant BSc and MSc diplomas with transcripts + copies of English proficiency tests scores such as IELTS or TOEFL

4. Copy (or a most recent draft version) of your MSc thesis

5. At least references with contact details (preferably e-mail) of people whom we may contact for more information about you and your thesis, or last professional work.

Please do not upload documents larger than 2MB, so if necessary reduce the resolution of your documents.


The application deadline for this position is February 29, 2020. After this deadline the high potential candidates will be shortlisted. These candidates will be invited for a second selection round. In this second round the candidates are requested to send a small assignment (max. 2-3 pages). After this round the most promising candidates are invited for an interview with a selection committee. The invited candidates will be asked to prepare a short presentation motivating their interest in the program. After all interviews are conducted the selection committee will decide who will be offered the trainee position.

Our aim is to inform the candidate of our final decision no later than June 30, 2020.


If you have questions about the content of this positon, please contact H. Hofmeyer, phone number +(31)40 – 247 2203, e-mail: h.hofmeyer[at]

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