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PhD Vacancy – Detection of Heavy Metal Ions, Electrochemistry, Materials Science – Oct 2021

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

The Netherlands

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TU Delft (Delft University of Technology) invites applications for Ph.D. Position to work in the detection of heavy metal ions (HMI) is an essential step in water treatment at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, the Netherlands – Oct 2021 (Opportunities for materials science, chemical engineering, electrical (control) engineering in Master degree holders)

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: October 25, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2,434 EURO/Month

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Qualification Details

It is expected that you will:

  • Setup the experimental platform and model solutions.
  • Conduct relevant electrochemical measurements including EIS.
  • Conduct in-situ and ex-situ spectroscopy and surface and interface analyses to define equivalent circuit models.
  • Tune and fabricate sensors in clean rooms.
  • Contribute to programming and artificial intelligence.
  • Communicate the experimental results with partners.
  • Travel for measurments and meetings.
  • Write a doctoral dissertation, publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and present research in international conferences.
  • Engage in education activities, such as supervising master students.

You should have the following qualifications:

  • MSc in materials science, chemical engineering, electrical (control) engineering, or a related area.
  • Experience with analytical electrochemistry, in particular EIS technique.
  • Experience with surface & interface analyses.
  • Experience with clean-room and fabrication processes (preferred).
  • Eager to conduct a multidisciplinary project.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to be a team-player in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Excellent fundamental research mindset with application affinity
  • Self-starter with initiative and the ability to setup, organize and execute your research.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The detection of heavy metal ions (HMI) is an essential step in water treatment. Due to their adverse effect on human health and the environment, strict regulations are set forth certain HMIs and concentrations in wastewater. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) possesses great potential in providing live and quantitative data about water composition. However, the interfacial phenomena must be well-defined in advance. To this end, systematic physiochemical analyses of the surfaces & interfaces, with a set of HMI-included aqueous solutions, are proposed. Also, the development and fabrication of the EIS sensor including design improvement, contact deposition, and lithography steps are foreseen. During the course of the project, the experimental results and models defined will be communicated regularly with other parties for artificial intelligence and programming purposes.

The PhD project will run with a close collaboration with industrial and academic partners demanding frequent progress meetings and data sharing with other parties.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: TUD01500
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Documents Required

Please apply by 25 October 2021 via the application button and upload your letter of motivation, a detailed CV including publication list (if any), a summary of academic record or research experience, and names and contact information of three references.

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 Department

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering undertakes innovative research dedicated to developing, producing, characterizing and manipulating materials, with a focus on metals. Our goal is to enhance fundamental understanding, forming the basis for better performance, a longer life cycle and preserved functionality, while at the same time improving the sustainable use of resources. With a focus on metals and metal related materials, the MSE department conducts research dedicated to the sustainable development and characterization of materials that perform better, last longer, enhance functionality, conserve resources and have a low environmental footprint, bridging the gap between societal needs and available resources.

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

Conditions of employment

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 Dr. Peyman Taheri, Assistant Professor, email:, tel: +31 (0)15 278 45 26.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Anita van Vianen, HR-advisor, email:


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