Postdoc for Research in The Application of Sealing Technology in The Food Packaging

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in mechanical engineering to join Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. There is no application deadline for this position.

The faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s largest faculties devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. In the Netherlands it is the only research and education institute directly related to the aerospace engineering sector. It covers the whole spectrum of aerospace engineering subjects. In aeronautics, the faculty covers subjects ranging from aerodynamics and flight propulsion to structures and materials and from control and simulation to air transport and operations. In astronautics, topics include astrodynamics, space missions and space systems engineering. The faculty has around 2,700 BSc and MSc students, 225 PhD candidates and 27 professors supported by scientific staff.

The faculty’s mission is to be the best Aerospace Engineering faculty in the world, inspiring and educating students through modern education techniques and enabling staff to perform ambitious research of the highest quality for the future of aerospace. The working atmosphere at the faculty is friendly, open-minded and dedicated.

The Department of Aerospace Materials and Structures is dedicated to research on and development of structures and materials. The department consists of multiple groups that together cover the range from fundamental material science to full-scale structural component testing.

The Structural Integrity and Composites group focuses on the performance needs of future structures and products by intergrating design, safety, manufacturing, and maintenance. The group has a unique reputation in the field of fatigue of structures and materials,combined with expertise in structural hybrid/composite concept development and manufacturing for assuring structural integrity during all phases of the entire operational life.

The aim of this project is to find the reasons of failure and to understand which physical or chemical phenomena are relevant for the observed micro- failure of compressed steel- polymer package seals on glass containers.

The primary research questions that have to be solved are: ‘What influence has the compression and flexibility of the seal material on the closure performance?’ and: ‘is it possible to simulate the polymer's performance for gases as a function of time?’ The answers to these questions may help our industrial partners to develop compressive seals that can ensure a long-term quality seal performance.

A large part of the research work will be experimentally based. The main part of the experiments are expected to take place in the DASML laboratories.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative researcher motivated to push the limits in package sealing.

PhD in material engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, polymer chemistry, applied physics or another relevant discipline

Comfortable to work both independently and in a team

Expected to publish and participate in international conferences

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, which include holiday pay and year end bonus as well.

To apply, please send a detailed CV, along with a short letter of motivation, contact information of two persons who can provide references, a publication list, an abstract of your MSc and PhD thesis and two selected publications.

Please send your application by9th ofdecember2018 to Hans Poulis, email: When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR18-34.


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