PhD position in Energy harvesting for sports

Research / Academic


Recently TU Delft has been granted a project in the field of sensor systems for sports to help prevent injuries. In this project, Dutch Universities work together with partners in the sports industry to develop systems to unobtrusively gather athlete data. In our part of the project, we aim to develop on-body sensors systems. This project concerns solutions to power these systems. Energy harvesting is a fast growing field with the aim of moving towards a battery less Internet of Things (IOT). Solutions with solar panels are now widely accepted but not suitable for our application area. Therefore, energy harvesting from vibrations, using piezoelectric materials, is an interesting alternative to power these devices. Here, the work will focus not only on materials development but also on their integration to produce a workable prototype. In our project we will evaluate different possible solutions in tandem with piezoelectrics such as thermoelectric materials. The energy harvesting system developed in this project will then be integrated into a complete sensor system for monitoring athletes together with leading partners in the sports industry.

The project counts on dedicated researchers at every level of the research and application chain. Our team is characterized by an active supervision of the PhD work. Active collaboration with the other project partners in the consortium as well as other researchers working in the same project is foreseen. The PhD student will be enrolled in the TU Delft graduate school and will receive ample scientific and other training


Candidates should have an interest and experience in materials science and engineering. Such expertise should have been obtained in an MSc programme leading to a degree in  materials engineering, applied physics or a similar field. Some experience with electronics will be an asset. While we guarantee active supervision, we expect candidates to have the ability to work independently and to be self-motivated. Given the nature of the project and our research culture, good communication skills and the ability to work individually as well as in a team are important pre-requisites.

The project is ideal for highly motivated students interested in working at the interface between academia and industry.

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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