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Postdoc Position: Microstructure estimation with electromagnetic sensing

The Chair of Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente, has an opening for a postdoctoral position on the development of a computational homogenization framework for magnetomechanics of finitely deforming polycrystalline materials.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 3,557 - € 4,670
  • Deadline
    14 Jun 2023

The Challenge

In steel production lines, non-destructive and online electromagnetic sensor measurements are used to infer a material's magnetic properties from sensor signals and relate them to its mechanical properties. To achieve this, it is necessary to systematically understand how magneto-mechanical coupling in the material's evolving microstructure contributes to its polycrystalline magnetic response.

This project aims to build upon ongoing research at UT by developing physics-based models for electromagnetic measurements of steel sheets across a range of grades in a steel production line. The key tasks involve modeling the polycrystalline microstructure of the steel, enriched with the inclusion of magnetic domains using the phase-field method. By coupling magnetic fields with crystal plasticity, we aim to upscale the influence of dislocation density, phase distribution, and residual stresses on the material's transient and nonlinear magnetic response with hysteresis. This approach will enable us to optimize sensor systems based on sensor geometry and location, allowing an accurate prediction of mechanical properties and potentially leading to improved steel production processes.

In this project, you will report your research during bi-weekly meetings of our research group and frequent meetings with the industrial partner. You are encouraged to present your results at international scientific conferences and publish them in academic journals. Furthermore, as a researcher, you will be encouraged to tutor MSc students who do their final assignment on parts of the current research project.

Your profile

  • a Ph.D. degree in Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related field;
  • a background in electromagnetics, computational methods, materials science;
  • strong programming skills;
  • a high degree of responsibility and independence;
  • strong communication skills for effective academic and industrial collaboration;
  • proficiency in English, both verbal and written.

Our offer

  • a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance;
  • excellent working conditions in an exciting scientific environment and a green and lively campus;
  • a two years and eight months full-time postdoc position;
  • excellent mentorship and facilities;
  • gross salary between € 3.557,- - € 4.670,- per month depending on experience and qualifications according to the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO);
  • excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of  8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;
  • full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits.

Information and application

Please submit your application before June 15th, 2023, using the "Apply now" button, and include the following:

The intended starting date is between August and October 2023.

For more information, you can contact Dr. habil. Celal Soyarslan by phone:  +31 5 3489 7499, or by email: c.soyarslan@utwente.nl.

The first (online) interviews will be held on June  21st, 2023.

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The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

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Soyarslan, C. (Celal)

Soyarslan, C. (Celal)
Associate Professor

Soyarslan, C. (Celal)
Associate Professor

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The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

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If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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