Post-Doc researcher on Printable Cementitious Composites (V38.3910)

Post-Doc researcher on Printable Cementitious Composites

The department of the Built Environment of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) opens a part-time vacancy (0,5 fte) for the position of PostDoc researcher on Printable Cementitious Composites within the Chair of Structural Design of Concrete Structures
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department of the Built Environment
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Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a leading research university specializing in engineering science and technology. The development and implementation of the Industry 4.0 is one of the major challenges in the architecture, engineering and construction industry to improve on construction productivity and sustainability. It is for this reason that the chair of Structural Design of Concrete Structures develops robotic driven digital concrete technologies with a focus on 3D Concrete Printing (3DCP). More information on the research group can be found on:

Research Project
The PostDoc position is part of the Open Technology project ‘Systematic Development of a Printable Strain Hardening Cementitious Composite for Structural Purposes’, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Dr. ir. Freek Bos is the project leader. The research objective to systematically develop, characterize and model a 3D Printable Strain-Hardening Cementitious Composite (3DP/SHCC) for structural applications, based on a quantification of printability requirements and correlation between print process parameters and printed product properties. The project is a collaboration between Eindhoven and Delft Universities of Technology (TU/e and TUD, respectively) and organized along three work packages (WPs). WP 1 will be performed by a PhD candidate at the TUD, and focusses on the quantification of the printability of 3DP/SHCC through rheological and mechanical methods. A second PhD candidate will perform WP 2 at the TU/e, working on the relations between print process parameters and structural performance.

The primary responsibility of the PostDoc is WP 3 ‘Printing & Measuring’, with the objective to further develop the existing printing facility to be suitable for SHCCs, and incorporate advanced (online) measuring methods to allow a detailed recording of the printing process. This is a crucial prerequisite for a systematic studies envisioned in WPs 1 and 2. The PostDoc will be supported by Non-Scientific Personnel.

Job requirements

Tasks & Requirements
The PostDoc is expected to drive the technological development of the TU/e 3DCP facility for the purpose of the research project, to perform scientific research in this domain and to publish research results in scientific journals, in close collaboration with the PhD candidates, their supervisors ( Theo Salet and Akke Suiker of TU/e, and Erik Schlangen of TUD) and the project leader ( Freek Bos, TU/e).

Applicants should have completed (or be close to completion of) a PhD degree in the field of structural engineering of concrete with an affinity for concrete materials technology, or vice versa. Experience with concrete printing or other digital concrete manufacturing technologies is highly appreciated, as is experience with (the development of) SHCCs, and/or affinity with advanced measuring or experimenting technologies for fresh and/or hardened concrete. Fluency in English is required.

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and you will be part of the TU/e 3DCP research group;
  • an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher for a period of 2 years with an intended starting date of 1 September 2019; the gross salary is in the range of € 3.255,- to € 4.274,- per month (on a full-time basis); 
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, coverage of costs of publishing the dissertation/scientific papers and excellent sports facilities).

Information and application

More information about this position and the research programs should be addressed to: dr. ir. Freek Bos, phone +31 40 247 2168, e-mail: f.p.bos[at] Information about terms of employment can be obtained from the HR office (j.m.sieben[at), phone: +31 40 247 3946). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at

Your application must  contain the following documents (all in English):

  • Application letter (2 page max), which includes a motivation of your interest in the vacancy and an explanation of why you are a good fit for the project;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae;
  • Name and contact information of two references. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents of 2 MB each can be uploaded.

You can send your application through the online job portal of the TU/e by using the apply button.

If you are interested, we invite you to apply as soon as possible. The application deadline for this position is June 3, 2019. After all interviews are conducted the selection committee will decide who will be offered the PostDoc position.

Our aim is to appoint the candidate to this position on September 1, 2019.