Postdoc in mechanical separation of polymer flakes

Research / Academic

In this challenging position you will cooperate with another postdoc to further develop a separation technique for plastics based on a new strategy, called "logarithmic sorting". The Resources and Recylcing group is developing this technique to separate complex mixtures of plastic flakes into pure polymer products. At the basis of this new concept is the interpretation of colour/NIR images of two-dimensional fields of flakes into the action of thousands of high-precision micro-droplet jets to manipulate the flakes into the correct product flows. The information from the flake field image is used both to identify the polymer properties and to predict the mechanical behaviour and interaction of the flakes, in order to arrive at high-value circular plastics. The other postdoc is focusing on the flake-droplet interaction. Part of the research results should be turned into course material (in English).


We are looking for a motivated colleague with a professional academic and indepentent working attitude. The candidate is expected to have a doctorate in a field that has gained her/him experience with sensing and online image processing. Background in computational physics or data analysis is appreciated. Good communication skills in written and spoken English is a must and it is important that you have demonstrable experience with independent scientific writing and have good social skills.

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.

Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week


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