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Postdoc Position in Search for High Entropy Alloys Based on Combined Ab Initio and Machine Learning Approach, at Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, at Delft (Delft University of Technology), in the Netherlands – 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: 2.846,00 - 4.490,00 Euro/Month

Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are interested in candidates with the following qualifications:

  • a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or a similar engineering discipline;
  • an expert in Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations;
  • experience in techniques to model chemically disordered structures such as Special Quasi Random Structure (SQS), Coherent Potential Approximation (CPA), etc;
  • experience in computing elastic and mechanical properties within DFT and MD;
  • a strong motivation to learn machine learning techniques;
  • a strong track record in scientific research, as evident from publications in international peer-reviewed journals and conference participation;
  • ability to work in team, collaborate with PhD students, attitude to work with accuracy and being scientifically productive;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • inventive and with independent attitude.


Responsibilities/Job Description

High entropy alloys (HEAs) have emerged as the most intensely researched materials in recent times because of their application in wide areas of industrial and societal relevance e.g. fuel cell, hydrogen storage, coatings, batteries etc. The biggest challenge in this field is the identification of the most promising HEAs out of the countless number of possible alloy systems with attractive mechanical properties. The only possible way to tackle this challenge is by the application of machine learning (ML) combined with atomistic simulations to predict the mechanical properties of promising HEAs, which is the goal of this project.

During this one-year project, the Post-Doc will work within a large team (two staff and their group members) on the above described research problem. The Post-Doc will especially focus on using Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations to determine the mechanical properties of HEAs. It is expected from the applicant to have prior experience on working with techniques to simulate chemically disordered structures such as Special Quasi Random Structure, Coherent Potential Approximation, etc. The acquaintance with ML is an added advantage but not mandatory. The applicant should be keen to learn new techniques based on ML.

This position is primarily scientific in nature, but the Post-Doc is expected to contribute to the creation of a large-scale follow-on project. The project will be carried out in the research groups of Dr. Luca Laurenti and Dr. Poulumi Dey. The two departments involved in this project are Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of TU Delft

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: TUD02085

Application Procedure

Please apply before 31 March 2022 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
  • 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/Section/Group

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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.

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Note or Other details

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount 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. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

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Contact details

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Poulumi Dey, Assistant Professor, via: [email protected] and Dr. Luca Laurenti, Assistant Professor, via: [email protected].

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