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AfbCareersM2i is the network organisation in the field of functional and structural materials. We conduct outstanding fundamental and applied research in the fields of structural and functional materials.

Currently more than 100 PhD and PostDoc reseachers are working on M2i’s research projects which are carried out in close cooperation with M2i’s industrial partners by top-level university groups both in the Netherlands and abroad.
As researcher in the M2i research program, you will be recruited and employed by M2i’s academic partners (universities, research organisations). 

Research vacancies

Hybrid Polymer Composites (HyPoComp)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Project number: M11.4.12474

Project leader: Prof.dr.ir. R. Benedictus

Project information: Thermoplastics offer the potential for relative short processing times and for assembly using physics based processes like welding. Thermoset materials have a relatively low cost and allow for ease of manufacture, large freedom in shape, a high level of integration, and assembly using co-bonding and co-curing. It seems to be attractive to equip thermoset components with the welding potential of thermoplastics to further increase the flexibility in integrated manufacture. In addition it lowers the threshold to apply thermoplastic composites since the combination with thermoset composites can lower the average material costs of components While joining of thermoset parts is restricted to either co-curing, adhesive bonding or mechanical fastening, thermoplastic composites can be joined by a range of welding techniques, as well as by conventional adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening. Adding this quality to thermoset structures will be beneficial. One way to do this is by insertion of thermoplastic films/sheets in the thermoset part.
The aim is to find or develop combinations of thermoset and thermoplastic polymers and their processing methods that can yield weldable composite structures that do not need any mechanical jointing.
The project will be executed by a Postdoc, who will be involved for two years. The main focus of the postdoc will be on the welding of the hybrid components and the influence of the welding process on the thermoset constituents in these components.

The Postdoctoral candidate must be knowledgeable in material and manufacturing sciences, especially in joining of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers. Affinity with aerospace and manufacturing engineering of composite parts and structures is appreciated.
The candidate is asked to deliver clear in-depth insight in the state-of the art of thermoplastic welding processes and proceed from this to investigate and develop a potential welding process for hybrid composites. Next to this, the candidate should investigate the influence of welding process on the short and long term properties on the joined materials.
The candidate must be enthusiastic, a good team player and result oriented.
Primary working location is Delft University of Technology.

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Multi-scale physical modelling of failure due to Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue in cast iron
PhD position, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

This project is a collaboration between DAF and Eindhoven University of Technology within the FOM-M2i Industrial Partnership Program Physics of Failure.

For more information and application, please contact:
Dr.ir. V.G. (Varvara) Kouznetsova
Dept. Mechanics of Materials, Fac. Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
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Phone: +31 40 247 58 85

The researcher will be employed by Foundation of Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM).

Shifting the limits for nut coke usage in the iron making blast furnaces
PhD position, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

This project is a collaboration between Tata Steel and Delft University of Technology within the M2i research program. 

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Thermo-mechanical fatigue in cast iron, occurring in truck engines
PhD position, Ghent University, Belgium

This project is a collaboration between DAF, Ghent University and Eindhoven University of Technology within the FOM-M2i Industrial Partnership Program Physics of Failure.

For more information and application please contact:
Prof.dr.ir. L.A.I. Kestens
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
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Phone: +32 9 331 04 58

The researcher will be employed by Foundation of Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM).

Understanding the interface decohesion in complex polycrystalline microstructures 2
PhD position, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands / MPIE, Germany

This project is a collaboration between Tata Steel, Eindhoven University of Technology and Max Planck Institut für Eisenforschung within the M2i research program.

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Office vacancies 

Program Manager Functional Materials
M2i Office, Delft, The Netherlands

As Program Manager Functional Materials in the M2i research program, you will be responsible to initiate new research projects and programs and to manage a number of running projects. You will be the account manager for selected industrial partners ensuring that the results of fundamental research are transferred to the industry so that they can be used in practice. For these partners you will manage a portfolio of research projects that are executed at universities. You will also be responsible for starting new research initiatives attracting new partners to the institute, and for organising funding for the research projects.

The Program Manager Functional Materials should develop a good insight in the needs of his industrial partners and of other industries in the same market segment, and look up and down the value chain to identify promising strategic opportunities. The focus will be on functional materials; where the material has designed properties serving specific application needs. Examples are optical, electrical, magnetic and thermal materials. Much of the related industries can be found in the high-tech sector, the main focus will be on lighting, solar, printing, and semiconductor applications.

The range of research projects is very broad and many projects are combining materials science with physics, chemistry and materials processing and process control. For this reason the program manager should develop a good understanding off the multidisciplinary aspects of programs and be aware of the capabilities of universities and research institutes to execute the desired research.

M2i is based in Delft in the Netherlands. The Program Manager will travel frequently, mainly to universities and industries in The Netherlands.

The Program Manager Functional Materials will be responsible for:

Starting new projects and programs:

- Selection of the topics for new projects and programs

- (Assists in) preparing proposals for new projects and programs

- Look for industrial and academic partners to stimulate knowledge sharing

- Look for national and international funding of research activities

Managing a portfolio of projects:

- Ensure that the project progress is reported on a regular basis and that project- progress meetings are organised, all according to the standards of M2i

- Look at the progress of the projects and evaluate and decide with the involved industrial and academic partners about eventual project direction changes, taking both the scientific output and the needs of the industry into account.

- Ensure valorisation of the results so that the results are translated to the industrial practice.

Meetings and conferences

- Help to organise events such as meetings and conferences aiming to transfer knowledge to the industry, to start new initiatives and to attract new partners to the institute.

More information and application

 

Program Manager Structural Materials
M2i Office, Delft, The Netherlands

As Program Manager Structural Materials in the M2i research program, you will be responsible to initiate new research projects and programs and to manage a number of running projects. You will be the account manager for selected industrial partners ensuring that the results of fundamental research are transferred to the industry so that they can be used in practice. For these partners you will manage a portfolio of research projects that are executed at universities. You will also be responsible for starting new research initiatives attracting new partners to the institute, and for organising funding for the research projects.

The Program Manager Structural Materials should develop a good insight in the needs of his industrial partners and of other industries in the same market segment, and look up and down the value chain to identify promising strategic opportunities. The focus will be on structural materials such as metals, alloys, ceramics and composites. Structural materials have to bear loads and examples of key properties are elastic modulus, yield strength, ultimate tensile strength, hardness, ductility, and fatigue performance. Much of the related industry can be found in the transport and construction sector.

The range of research projects is very broad and many projects are combining materials science with physics, chemistry and materials processing and process control. For this reason the program manager should develop a good understanding off the multidisciplinary aspects of programs and be aware of the capabilities of universities and research institutes to execute the desired research.

M2i is based in Delft in the Netherlands. The Program Manager will travel frequently, mainly to universities and industries in The Netherlands.

The Program Manager Structural Materials will be responsible for:

Starting new projects and programs:

- Selection of the topics for new projects and programs

- (Assists in) preparing proposals for new projects and programs

- Look for industrial and academic partners to stimulate knowledge sharing

- Look for national and international funding of research activities

Managing a portfolio of projects:

- Ensure that the project progress is reported on a regular basis and that project- progress meetings are organised, all according to the standards of M2i

- Look at the progress of the projects and evaluate and decide with the involved industrial and academic partners about eventual project direction changes, taking both the scientific output and the needs of the industry into account.

- Ensure valorisation of the results so that the results are translated to the industrial practice.

Meetings and conferences

- Help to organise events such as meetings and conferences aiming to transfer knowledge to the industry, to start new initiatives and to attract new partners to the institute.

 

More information and application

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