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PhD Turning construction and demolition waste into circular building materials

PhD Turning construction and demolition waste into circular building materials

Are you eager to work on making the world a better place? This PhD position aims to develop new types of composites focusing on the replacement of non-renewable raw materials by sustainable and circular resources.
Aanstellingsfunctie(s)
Promovendus
Irène Curie Fellowship
Nee
Faculteit(en)
Built Environment
FTE
1,0
Sluitdatum
31/03/2024
Aanvraagnummer
V38.7232

Functieomschrijving

Concrete is by far the most produced material in the world, and reducing it environmental impact is major concern. In this project concrete recycling will be improved in order to avoid “downcycling”. The crushing of concrete and other mineral C&D wastes will be studied, and the input and output materials characterized by state-of-the-art real-time measurement techniques. The resulting streams of materials will be used to design and produce new more circular building materials. This project is part of the Horizon 2020 EU project “CIRCULess”, in collaboration with several industries and universities in Europe.

The candidate will join the Building Materials group  group which contains 25 PhDs, 2 postdocs, 2 assistant professors, 1 associate professor, and 2 full professors. This research group works on new, sustainable, and circular building materials containing or synthesized from secondary raw materials with good chemical, physical and aesthetic properties, and added functionalities. Examples are natural fibers, fly ashes, nano-silica, aerogels, slags or recycled aggregates. Functionalities, including fire resistance, air purification, self-cleaning, high performance, and hydrophobicity, are investigated and developed for these building materials. Moreover, durability and sustainability, such as the degradation of, or leaching from, building materials when exposed to aggressive service environments, are studied. The investigations are carried out based on experimental observations and modeling.

The research group possesses a well-equipped, state-of-the-art building material laboratory for physical/chemical/mechanical/environmental treatment, testing and recycling, and has access to the structural design laboratory at the same department, and shares facilities with the sister Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The group has close contacts with the building material industry and frequently cooperating with other researchers, both domestic and international.

Functie-eisen

  • A master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Engineering (civil, mechanical, chemical…).
  • Knowledge about mineralogical materials, cementitious/inorganic binders, concrete, and recyclcing.
  • A research-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and interested in collaborating with industrial partners.
  • Motivated to develop your teaching skills and coach students.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English: C1 level = IELTS: 7.0 score or TOEFL: 90 score.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

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:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Informatie en sollicitatie

About us

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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Information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager Prof. Brouwers, h.j.h.brouwers[at]tue.nl.

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Application

We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button.
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.
  • A letter of recommendation from one or more of your references.
     

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.