[Neutron] Post-doc position at the Delft University of Technology

N. H. van Dijk N.H.vanDijk at TNW.TUDelft.nl
Mon Jan 29 13:01:32 CST 2007

<>Post-doc Self-healing of cracks by nanoscale precipitation
Delft University of Technology, Radiation, Radionuclides & Reactors 
Job description
Research of the section Fundamental Aspects of Materials and Energy 
currently focuses on three main
issues: (1) energy storage and conversion materials, relevant for the 
development of a sustainable energy
economy, such as high power lithium-ion batteries, hydrogen storage 
materials, solar cell materials and
fuel cell materials, (2) advanced construction materials, concentrating 
on the microscopic processes
involved in optimising high-performance metal alloys and (3) materials 
for (opto-)electronics applications,
focusing on the development and advanced characterisation of new 
materials (bulk and thin films) for
improved opto-electronic devices, including solar cells.
Self-healing is a new concept for structural materials. It has recently 
been recognised that a healing
mechanism can be built into structural materials in some cases to repair 
damage that accumulates
during operation in-situ. The goal of the current research project is to 
achieve self healing of ultra-fine
cracks in steels by the formation of nanoscale precipitates at the crack 
surface to significantly enhance
the lifetime of components in operation. This precipitation mechanism 
requires the presence of
supersaturated mobile solute atoms in the steel with an affinity to form 
nanoscale precipitates at a
crack surface. In order to identify the mechanism responsible for 
self-healing on a fundamental level,
the intention is to study model alloys with neutrons, X rays, and 
positron techniques (both in-house
and international facilities) in combination with thermal and mechanical 
treatments. The nanoscale
precipitates will be characterised predominantly by small-angle 
scattering (neutrons and X-rays)
and positron lifetime experiments during self-healing. The project is 
part of a newly-started national
programme on self-healing materials and is closely related to the 
research activities on self-healing
materials at the Delft University of Technology. <>

The candidate should have a doctorate and experience in the field of 
advanced radiation techniques
and/or materials science. A background in physics, chemistry or 
materials science is desirable.
Delft University of Technology is a bilingual organisation; a good 
command of English (written and
oral) is essential, while a good command of Dutch is also preferred. <>

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences,
<>Radiation, Radionuclides & Reactors department

Delft University of Technology is a multifaceted institution that offers 
education and conducts research
within the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. 
Education, research and designs are
strongly oriented towards social applicability. TU Delft develops 
technologies for future generations,
focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft, 
you will work in an environment
in which technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft is comprised 
of eight faculties, the
Assistant Staff Office, unique laboratories, research institutes and 

<>Faculty of Applied Sciences is a large, research-oriented faculty 
providing excellent, challenging
education and conducting pioneering, cutting-edge fundamental research 
of great societal relevance
in the natural sciences. It provides a world-class training ground for 
future leaders in scientific
professional practice and research. With more than 60 different 
nationalities studying and working
together, its environment is enriched and culturally diverse.

The department of Radiation, Radionuclides & Reactors 
(www.rrr.tudelft.nl) is housed in the
Reactor Institute Delft (RID). Binding elements for the department are 
nuclear radiation and reactions.
Although its areas of interest are varied, whether they be materials, 
sensors and instrumentation, energy
and sustainable production or health, all its research is related to 
radiation in some way. In experimental
research, extensive use is made of the research facilities of the 
Reactor Institute Delft as well as of large,
international research facilities. The close collaboration with the RID 
guarantees access to the reactor and
the irradiation facilities, as well as to the associated experimental 
facilities, and has also resulted in three
centres of knowledge: the Positron Centre, the Neutron Centre and the 
Luminescence Centre.
The confluence of this knowledge makes its research unique at a 
national, and - partly - an
international level. For more information about the department please 
visit http://www.rrr.tudelft.nl/fame.

Conditions of employment
Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 3500 - 4000

Salaryscale 10.
Maximum salary amount in Euro's a month 3554
Employment basis: Permanent
Duration of the contract: 24 months
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
This position has a temporary employment basis of 2 years. The extent is 
a maximum of
38 hours per week (1 FTE). The estimated starting salary for the 
Post-doc is based on scale 10,
with a maximum of EUR 3,554 per month gross (based on a full-time 
appointment and depending on
experience). Benefits and other employment conditions are in accordance 
with the Collective Labour
Agreement for Dutch Universities. With regard to selection, internal 
candidates take precedence over
external candidates. TU Delft strives to increase the number of women in 
higher academic positions;
women are thus especially encouraged to apply.

Additional Information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr. N.H. van Dijk
Telephone number: +31 (0)15 - 27 88677
E-mail address: n.h.vandijk at tudelft.nl 
<mailto:n.h.vandijk at tudelft.nl?subject=Additional%20information%20about%20the%20vacancy%20Postdoc%20%28Academictransfer%29>

Dr. A.A. van Well
Telephone number: +31 (0)15 - 27 84738
E-mail address: a.a.vanwell at tudelft.nl 
<mailto:a.a.vanwell at tudelft.nl?subject=Additional%20information%20about%20the%20vacancy%20Postdoc%20%28Academictransfer%29>  

You can apply for this job before 01-03-2007 by sending your application 

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences
Radiation, Radionuclides & Reactors
Dr N.H. van Dijk
PO Box 5042
2600 GA Delft
The Netherlands
E-mail address: n.h.vandijk at tudelft.nl 
<mailto:n.h.vandijk at tudelft.nl?subject=Application%20Postdoc>

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number ATTNWRRR07-007.

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