2 PhD Positions Dynamics and Thermomechanics of Graphene

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in materials engineering at Delft University of Technology. This position is open until filled.

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in ground breaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) focuses on developing knowledge and methods for small, innovative, high-precision devices and systems, such as precision equipment and scientific instrumentation for the high-tech industry. Increasing miniaturisation and function density along with improving precision, speed and reliability are the key topics in our work. Our approach is multidisciplinary, fundamental and inspired by industry needs. The vacant positions are in the Dynamics of Micro and Nanosystems (DMN) group. The group focuses on exploiting dynamics of small scale systems to create technologies that can lead to new products in the fields of scientific instrumentation, consumer electronics and healthcare. Our research spans from measuring and manipulating materials at the micro and nano scale, to the design of world-class MEMS and NEMS sensors and actuators. You will be working in an international environment in one of the leading technical universities of Europe, with access to state-of-the art micro-nano testing facilities and advanced numerical modelling tools. You will be contributing to a challenging topic in a team comprising of mechanical engineers and physicists. Your work will be part of the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant, ENIGMA, of Dr. Farbod Alijani, that aims at exploring and exploiting nonlinear dynamics in graphene nanomechanical systems.

Micro and nanomechanical systems are being adopted in billions of products, that address a wide range of sensor and actuator applications in modern technology. The advent of graphene, and the ability to fabricate single atom thick membranes, promises further device downscaling, enabling ultimate sensing capabilities that recently could only be dreamt of. But, these atomically thin membranes are in an unexplored regime of mechanics entangled with entropic fluctuations, intrinsic wrinkles and diverse sources of nonlinearities. At the same time, these features pose a big challenge for proper thermal and mechanical characterization of these membranes, which will be the core of your assignment.

As a PhD student you will work on explaining the rich nonlinear phenomena that govern the dynamics of graphene and other 2D materials and will exploit these nonlinearities for their mechanical (PhD 1) and thermal (PhD 2) characterization.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Farbod Alijani, e-mail:

To apply, please send a letter of motivation, a list of three reference contacts, a complete CV with transcripts and a list of publications before2 November 2018 to Irina Bruckner, HR advisor, by email to


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