FEM Research Engineer (MSc, PhD or PostDoc) – Delft (The Netherlands)

////FEM Research Engineer (MSc, PhD or PostDoc) – Delft (The Netherlands)


Do you have a MSc or PhD with daily experience in FEM and some CFD? Are you capable of implementing newly acquired scientific insight into applicable industrial models? Then have a look at this interesting opportunity at the Materials Science Institute (M2i).


The Materials innovation institute (M2i) is the Dutch network organisation in the field of fundamental and applied research on structural and functional materials. The activities of the institute are embedded in the Dutch Top Sector High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) and described in the High Tech Materials Roadmap. M2i is based in Delft (The Netherlands) at the TU Delft campus, and is involved in both fundamental and applied materials research in the Netherlands and is an active participant in several European projects.

M2i plays a vital role in initiating and coordinating European research projects involving universities, research institutes and industrial companies. We strive for an active participation in European projects. Our role is to guide the development of computational models translating fundamental knowledge on materials into models that can be implemented into industrial codes (‘valorization’).

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As result, we are looking for a specialist with the ambition to understand the basic principles of the applied models. Strong expertise and skills in calculating with FEM or CFD is essential. Having insight makes the difference. What do you want to know; can you picture the final desired result; how do you balance accuracy versus experimental results and speed of the simulations; which material laws do you apply, and which parameters need adjusting?

Your main tasks will be performing advanced computational simulations, using existing or developing new models. You will also attend and present M2i’s work at project meetings with Dutch and EU partners. You will have the opportunity to attend conferences and write papers. To guarantee continuity of your work, you will network and spot opportunities to create new research projects. You will report to the Computational and Valorization manager, being part of a small team of computational solid mechanics experts, and building strong relations with all M2i colleagues.

Your way of working is pro-active and iterative. When you don’t have the whole picture you make a few ‘educated’ calculations to check your assumptions. With the results / insights you go back to your project partners and so on.

You will be a member of a multidisciplinary project. You rely on the input of others and others are relying on yours. A setting with many stakeholders and a multidisciplinary team is an environment you want to work in.


Knowledge and skills

  • MSc or PhD degree in engineering (Mechanical, Maritime, Aeronautical, Civil Engineering, Material Sciences) or Physics, with a specialisation in computational mechanics.
  • Knowledge of FEM software, e.g. Abaqus, Ansys, MSC.MARC, LS-DYNA, etc, or CFD
  • Programming skills: Fortran, Matlab, Simulink or C++.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and preferably also Dutch
  • Preferably, experience within multinational and multidisciplinary research projects.
  • Preferably, experience in research & project management.
  • Preferably, experience in writing proposals of computer simulation work.

Behavioural competencies

  • Team player, good social and communicative skills,
  • Builds good relations with colleagues and industrial and academic partners (having a good network within universities, industries and/or research institutes is an advantage).
  • Proactive initiator, identifies new business opportunities and engages other project partners in achieving your goals.
  • Able to work with little guidance and to operate successfully in a complex environment with multi-faceted programs and multiple partners.


  • Working for M2i means working in an exciting environment with multiple teams and partners, and in an open company culture with professional and enthusiastic people.
  • We offer a good remuneration package which includes a market conform salary and attractive benefits


Minds for Innovation is the recruitment partner for this project. For more information regarding recruitment please contact Harm Raijmans T: +31 (0)88- 0351991 E: h.raijmans@m4i.nl

For more information about the position please contact Jesus Mediavilla (T: +31 613720972 E: j.mediavilla@m2i.nl)


You are invited to apply if you recognize yourself in the profile of the Research engineer, please send us your CV and motivation via the apply button.

Apply before the deadline of August 1st 2018.

As one of the first selection steps, you will be invited to participate on our specialised online assessment. If you would like to know more about why we use this and how we have set it up, then check out the website.

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