PhD Position: Direct-Write Manufacturing of Nanoparticle-based Structures, Netherlands

TU Delft University
Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 15 October 2017

PhD Position: Direct-Write Manufacturing of Nanoparticle-based Structures

Department/faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2222 to €2840 per month gross

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.


The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) focuses on developing knowledge and methods for innovative, high-precision devices and systems, such as precision equipment and scientific instrumentation for the high-tech industry. Increasing miniaturisation and function density and improving precision, speed, and reliability are the key topics in our work. Our approach is multidisciplinary, fundamental, and inspired by industry needs.


The vacant position is within the Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE) research group. This group aims to develop the nanoengineering discipline by pairing basic nanoscience with engineering and production concepts. Research topics include 2D nanomaterials, diamond thin films, nanoparticles, polymer micro- and nanomanufacturing, nanotools, scientific instrumentation, and scalable micro/nanomanufacturing.

PhD Position: Job description

Nanoparticles (NPs) are promising materials for a variety of new functionalities and applications. NPs are used in medical diagnostics and therapy, optical functionalities, and in catalysis. NPs are also used in advanced, direct-write manufacturing (additive manufacturing) methods.
This project aims to research concepts and technologies for the direct-write of local NP patterns and functions. Technologies for the synthesis of particles are available; this is explicitly not the topic of research in this project. However, once particles are generated, the challenge is to arrange these into functional patterns, in methods that are potentially industry-compatible. This is the core challenge in the project.
A specific field of use is flexible and wearable electronics. Patterns based on directly written nanoparticle systems may serve as interconnect line, chip interconnection, or sensor function.
The project is part of a cooperative two-PhD project with a research group from NTNU (Trondheim, Norway). The PhD researcher at NTNU will focus on complementary activities, i.e. thermal-mechanical modelling of particle systems. Industrial parties are involved in the project.

Your tasks include:
• Exploring the fundamentals of NP-based manufacturing. Developing and understanding viable manufacturing routes for direct-write of structures based on NPs.
• Defining and experimentally exploring new interconnection schemes, integrating polymer micro/nanomanufacturing and NP patterning.
• Publishing your results in quality journals, attending conferences, and writing a PhD dissertation.


You should have the following qualifications:
• MSc university degree in mechanical engineering, precision engineering, micro/nano technology and manufacturing, physics, electrical engineering, or a related area.
• Preferentially, you are familiar with and have expertise in one of the knowledge areas relevant to this project: flexible electronics, direct-write manufacturing, polymer micro/nanomanufacturing.
• Explorative experimental work is a key aspect of the project; successful candidates are expected to have the skills for this.
• Proven skills in teamwork and communication.

Note: the synthesis of particles is not the topic of interest in this project; researchers with an interest in particle synthesis need not apply.

Conditions of employment

The 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. The 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.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Marcel Tichem, phone: +31 (0)15-2781603, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 15 October 2017 to Marcel Tichem,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-47.

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