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Postdoc: Designing multi-phasic polymeric electromagnetic metamaterials

Postdoc: Designing multi-phasic polymeric electromagnetic metamaterials

Aanstellingsfunctie(s)
(Postdoctoraal) onderzoeker
Faculteit(en)
Mechanical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Sluitdatum
20/12/2020
Aanvraagnummer
V35.4697

Functieomschrijving

A postdoc position is available within the framework of the ERC Starting grant project “PEM-Sprint: Polymeric electromagnetic metamaterials created by flow-induced structure printing”. Numerical simulations will be used to design the microstructure of polymer nanocomposites containing conductive and magnetic fillers with the aim to generate electromagnetic metamaterial behavior.

About the project

The increasing miniaturization and integration of numerous components in electronic devices and the booming use of wireless technologies leads to an explosion in the amount of electromagnetic waves and resulting crosstalk. In addition, with the recent 5G mobile network,
a major challenge is to enhance the range of the electromagnetic waves, which could be accomplished by suitable wave bending around obstacles. To make these upcoming technologies viable for the future, a novel class of materials is needed.

These materials need to fulfil two major requirements namely processability into complex and customized shapes and local interactions with selected electromagnetic waves. By using polymeric materials with conductive and magnetic inclusions, 3D structures can be generated that allow to induce electromagnetic metamaterial responses such as wave bending or complete absorption. These structures will be generated by advanced processing techniques.

To enable these developments in material design and processing, fundamental understanding should be generated on the relations between microstructure and electromagnetic properties in 3D structured materials with conductive and magnetic inclusions. The aim of the postdoc project will be to set up a numerical framework that allows to develop structure-function relationships and to design microstructures for various desired electromagnetic responses.

For more info, visit the project website:
https://www.kuleuven.be/english/research/EU/p/horizon2020/es/erc/pem-sprint

Research Group Polymer Technology

The postdoc position is in the Polymer Technology group in the Mechanical Engineering department at Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) with short visits to the Soft Matter, Rheology and Technology section at KU Leuven (Belgium). The project will be supervised by Profs. P. Anderson and R. Cardinaels. There will be a strong collaboration with
3 PhD researchers, who will perform the experimental part of the research project and will be based at KU Leuven in Belgium.

In the Polymer Technology group, our research is aimed at bridging the gap between science and technology in the area of polymer processing and design, through the use of experimental and computational tools in the modeling of the full thermo-mechanical history of material (elements) during their formation, processing and final design, to quantitatively predict properties of processed objects. The research is aimed at bridging the gap between science and technology in the area of polymer processing and design, through the use of experimental and computational tools in the modeling of the full thermo-mechanical history of material (elements) during their formation, processing and final design, to quantitatively predict properties of processed objects. Extensive state-of-the-art experimental facilities for the characterization of mechanical properties in the liquid (rheology) as well as solid (polymer testing) state, combined with microstructure characterization are available as well as high performance computer clusters for numerical simulations.

An overview of the research performed in the Polymer Technology group can be found at here.

Functie-eisen

  • We are looking for a talented, self-motivated and enthusiastic candidate with a PhD degree in materials science or electrical engineering.
  • The successful candidate has experience with finite element numerical simulations, preferably in the area of electromagnetic properties or metamaterials design.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.
  • A strong motivation to do original, fundamental research in an interdisciplinary team are essential. 
  • An interview and a scientific presentation are part of the selection process.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

  • A meaningful and challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • State-of-the-art computational facilities.
  • A full-time employment for one year, with possible extension to two years, upon positive evaluation.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • 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.

Informatie en sollicitatie

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact Ruth Cardinaels, R.M.Cardinaels[at]tue.nl.

For information about terms of employment, click here.

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'solliciteer nu'-button on this page.
The application should include a:

  • cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • detailed Curriculum Vitae (including education, prior employment, publications and research experience)
  • transcript of your MSc grades
  • contact information for at least two references

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Only complete applications will be considered. Screening will continue until the position has been filled. Starting date of the position is after 1 February 2021.