PhD Position Physics-Based Modelling of Segregation of Impurity Elements and Its Effects on Metallurgical Processes

PhD Position Physics-Based Modelling of Segregation of Impurity Elements and Its Effects on Metallurgical Processes

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Job description

In a more sustainable world recycling is essential.  Recycling of steel causes high concentrations of impurity elements such as copper, that segregate at grain boundaries.  Such local segregation has a big impact on physical phenomena during processing and on the final properties of products.  There are many types of grain boundaries and many types of impurities, while modeling physical phenomena can be challenging in its own right.  Therefore significant computational resources are required for predictive computational modeling.  To optimally utilize modelling data, and to enhance predictive ability, machine learning in various forms is employed.

The project presents a unique opportunity to work in a collaborative team and consortium of academic research groups and industrial partners. This position will be embedded in the research groups of Dr. Marcel Sluiter (TU Delft & U Ghent), Dr. Sid Kumar (TU Delft), and Dr. Kees Bos (Tata Steel Europe and TU Delft) along with collaboration with Dr. Miguel Bessa (Brown University).


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • MSc. degree in materials science or closely related field with an emphasis on computer simulation and computational modelling;
  • Strong interest in computational materials science, metallurgy & materials science from the atomic scale to the macroscopic scale, machine learning, and high-performance computing;
  • Good programming skills in Python, knowledge of thermodynamics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics;
  • Some experience with atomistic modeling and density functional first principles calculations is advantageous.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

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Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD03166


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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