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PhD Position in Origami-based Flexible Architected Materials for High-Tech Equipment – Delft, Netherlands

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands

PhD position in Origami-based Flexible Architected Materials for High-Tech Equipment for master degree in Mechanical/aerospace engineering, mathematics, physics is available at Machine Matter lab, Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) of the faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering (3mE) of Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), the Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2.434,00 - 3.111,00 Euro/Month

Workplace:
Machine Matter Lab
Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Mekelweg 2, Delft, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

To be considered for the position you will have

  • A university master degree in Mechanical/aerospace engineering, mathematics, physics or a related area;
  • An eagerness to learn new approaches and to combine theory, numerical simulation, and experiment;
  • A background in mechanism science (e.g. mechanical linkages and origami engineering) or you are interested to develop your knowledge in this field;
  • A demonstrated background in programming and modelling tools (e.g. MATLAB, ANSYS, ABAQUS);
  • Good command of the English language and good communication skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The semiconductor industry expectations for lithography machine performance demand ever-increasing capabilities, such as throughput, lifetime, cleanliness, sustainability, and precision for mechatronic systems. One of the key construction elements in high-tech mechatronic systems is flexible (i.e. compliant) mechanisms. Unlike their rigid-body counterparts, they allow motion in the desired directions enabled by their slender parts which deform elastically. Due to their monolithic nature, cleanliness, and predictability, they are desired in precision applications. Despite these advantages, flexible mechanisms are one of the main road blockers for high-tech mechatronic systems to achieve higher throughput, i.e. higher process speed and acceleration. This is due to their inherent drawbacks such as limited range of motion for a given design volume and low load bearing capacity (i.e. support stiffness).

In contrast, during the past two decades, flexible architected materials offer opportunities for developing elastic materials with tunable mechanical properties in unprecedented ways. These materials achieve their properties from their internal geometries, rather than only from their chemical composition. The goal of this project is to investigate the potential of using origami-based flexible architected materials for application in high-tech mechatronic systems.

In this project, you will study and develop: (1) kinematic synthesis methods for origami-based flexible architected materials, and (2) strategies for a proper stress distribution along origami crease patterns. The research includes both design and modelling, and also performing experiments.

This project operates on the frontiers of science to address an industrial need and will prepare you well for a career in academia and industry.

Our research team focuses on the development and understanding of flexible architected materials, including origami-based, instability-based, and mechanism-based architected materials. Besides developing fundamental understanding, we demonstrate applications of flexible mechanisms and architected materials in Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Soft Robotics, Medical Devices, Mechatronic Systems, and Precision Systems.

This team is part of the Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) of the faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering (3mE) of Delft University of Technology. Our department is well equipped with state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and experimental equipment.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: TUD01444
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Documents Required

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by 31 January 2022 via the application button and upload:

  • A letter motivating the application for this position (Cover letter);
  • Curriculum vitae with publications;
  • Grade transcripts and BSc and MSc diploma.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

About the Machine Matter Lab

The Machine Matter lab focuses on design and development of flexible mechanisms and architected materials that tackle the physical limitations of mechanical and robotic systems.

Our goal is to develop and provide a full understanding of flexible mechanisms and mechanical metamaterials that are integrated with decision-making ability and responsiveness, able to manipulate mechanical signals, able to store and manipulate strain energy, and are versatile in the kinematics they are able to achieve. This is very much related to developing systems that are inherently scalable, sustainable, autonomous in energy management, human-safe, low-cost, as well as energy and material efficient.

​Besides developing fundamental understanding, we demonstrate applications of flexible mechanisms and metamaterials in Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Soft Robotics, Medical Devices, Mechatronic Systems, and Precision Systems.

​Our lab is part of Mechatronic System Design (MSD) group of the Precision and Microsystems Engineering Department at the Delft University of Technology.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. Do you want to experience working at our faculty? This video will introduce you to some of our researchers and their work.

About the Employer: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Note or Other details

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.


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Contact details

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Davood Farhadi, Assistant Professor, email: d.farhadimachekposhti@tudelft.nl.

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Irina Bruckner, HR Advisor, email: application-3me@tudelft.nl

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