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PhD and Postdoctoral fellow positions for advanced materials for soft robotics

PhD and Postdoctoral fellow positions for advanced materials for soft robotics

Vacancies are available for PhD students and post-doctoral research fellows in the field of advanced materials for soft robotic applications at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands.
Aanstellingsfunctie(s)
Promovendus, (Postdoctoraal) onderzoeker
Faculteit(en)
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
FTE
1,0
Sluitdatum
31/12/2020
Aanvraagnummer
V37.4595

Functieomschrijving

Research background

Soft robotics is a relatively new subfield of robotics that deals with constructing robotic functions from compliant materials. Soft technologies and integrated soft systems can revolutionize the use of robotic devices, for instance in applications where elastic versatility and safe human/machine interactions are needed. It is predicted, and certainly has the potential, to lead to the development of radically new generations of machines. The examples are numerous. In the medical world, they will increasingly assist surgery, in-vivo therapeutic treatments or contribute to the rehabilitation of disabilities by exoskeletons. Soft robotic functions have the perspective to enhance the communication between man and machine or between machines mutually. We foresee that we can make materials that can feel, sense, behave and act as human skins, but with enhanced sensitivity and accuracy. They can be used as stand-alone and autonomous devices, but also be applied as coating or integrated with electronics or even with biological material to perform functions not accessible otherwise. And as a long-term perspective one can foresee the development of evolutionary self-developing soft robotics following nature’s approach to intelligent soft machines.

Projects description

In our research team we develop responsive materials that address the advancing needs in specialized medicine, man-machine communication and miniaturized mechanics. Smart soft materials are in potential capable to fill in gaps in present technologies and to generate new, specialized functions making use of their ability to adapt their shape, to comply to confined and sensible spaces and to provide their functional duty on location.

A key aspect of our projects is to translate molecular effects to macroscopic phenomena which, in turn translate into (robotic) devices. Consequently, the approach to successfully develop new robotic functions adapted to their field of application must be multidisciplinary, containing all the aspects from materials design/development, photonics, electronics and mechanics. In the material, the various molecular functions are brought together, and the soft robot is given a body, which can be as simple as a thin film actuator or coating, but also be complex consisting of a composite of materials in an accurate three-dimensional shape. It brings organic and inorganic materials together in hybrid materials, built around soft electronics.  More information can be found at www.danqingliu.nl.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for talented, motivated and enthusiastic PhD and postdoctoral students who meet the following requirements:

  • Background in chemical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, materials science or bioengineering.
  • Prior knowledge in soft matters, responsive materials and experience in microscopic techniques and device fabrication/ characterization are appreciated.
  • Ability to independently work within a dynamic team and multidisciplinary research environment.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world en part of the European technology hotspot ‘Brainport Eindhoven’; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists!

We offer

  • A challenging job in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious university. You will work with innovative analytic equipment and you will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
     
  • For PhD
    - A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after one year.
    - To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • For Postdoc:
    - A full-time employment for 1 year, with the possibility to extend with one or two years.
    - You will have free access to high-quality training programs for research and valorization,  professional development courses and didactical courses of the TEACH training program.

Informatie en sollicitatie

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact dr. Danqing Liu, e-mail: d.liu1[at]tue.nl

For information about terms of employment, please contact Ms. P.J. van de Weijer, HR-advisor, p.j.v.d.weijer[at]tue.nl or click here

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!

Application

We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'sollciteer nu'-button on this page. Please note that applications will only be accepted via online application. We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. You can upload a maximum of 5 documents of up to 2MB each.

Screening will continue until the position has been filled. For this vacancy we will recruit simultaneously both internal as external. In the case of equal suitability internal candidates take priority over external candidates.

We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.