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Postdoctoral fellow positions for Human Interactive Materials

Postdoctoral fellow positions for Human Interactive Materials

Vacancy is available for post-doctoral research fellows in the field of human interactive materials for soft robotic machine and haptics application at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands
Aanstellingsfunctie(s)
(Postdoctoraal) onderzoeker
Irène Curie Fellowship
Nee
Faculteit(en)
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
FTE
1,0
Sluitdatum
18/12/2022
Aanvraagnummer
V37.6089

Functieomschrijving

Research background

Our research encompasses the development of new communicating materials like silicones, hydrogels and liquid crystal elastomers for soft robotic functions. Those materials are capable to communicate by transmitting information between man and machine or between machines mutually. We foresee that we can make materials that can feel, sense and behave. As a long-term perspective one can foresee the development of evolutionary self-learning 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 postdoctoral researchers who meet the following requirements:

  • Background in chemical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, materials science, electric engineering 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

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 one year with the possibility to extend for another year.
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 10.4 (€3.557,- gross per month).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.

Informatie en sollicitatie

More information

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.

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

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Ms. P.J. van de Weijer,
HR-advisor, p.j.v.d.weijer[at]tue.nl.

Application

We invite you to submit a complete application 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.
  • List of five self-selected ‘best publications’.

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.

Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary please combine files.

An assessment can be part of the selection procedure. Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.