PostDoc: Characterization and modelling of mechanical properties of composites

Research / Academic
We are looking for a full-time Postdoc in the area of the characterization and modelling of the mechanical properties of fiber reinforced composite materials at the department of Mechanical Engineering. The position is within in the Mechanics of Materials group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. It is a 2-year position intended to start from June 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The objective of this research is to develop a new predictive modelling framework that allows the simulation of the mechanical performance of thermoplastic composites, in short-term as well as in long-term loading (creep, fatigue), taking into account the influence of harsh environmental conditions (salt water, low temperature, high pressure).

Modelling will be based on a micromechanical approach that builds on numerical tools previously developed in our groups. You will perform characterization and validation experiments on unfilled resin and unidirectional composites. Initially, only quasi static behavior will be studied. Later in the project, the experiments are extended to fatigue tests and experiments on samples that have been exposed to relevant environmental conditions. Final goal is the development of a multi-physics micro-mechanical model that captures the observed response and can be used in a design process.


Talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent analytical and communication skills holding a PhD in Engineering Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials or Polymer Science at a Mechanical Engineering of Aerospace Engineering department. A strong interest in mechanics of materials is required. Experience in multi-scale modelling, micromechanics, and experimental mechanics are of benefit.

Salary Benefits:

We offer:
  • A full-time appointment for a period of 2 years
  • A gross monthly salary between € 2.709 and € 4.274 (on a full-time basis), depending on experience and knowledge;
  • A yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • A yearly end-of-year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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