Postdoc Fusion Bonding of Thermoplastic Composites

Postdoc Fusion Bonding of Thermoplastic Composites

Published Deadline Location
23 Jan 3 Mar Delft
Enable ultrasonic welding of composites through advanced process monitoring

Job description

We aim to advance the integration and joining of thermoplastics composites with a concerted effort of several researchers contributing towards a new approach to fusion bonding, combining process and performance optimization by simulations of physical phenomena and process monitoring using artificial intelligence. This postdoc will explore novel approaches in monitoring of ultrasonic welding through a multisensory approach feeding from the air coupled acoustic characteristics, temperature evolution, energy transmission etc., and implement data fusion methods to decipher the evolution of structure-process-property relationship during the ultrasonic welding process.

This position is part of the NWO Perspectief project ENLIGHTEN - Enabling Integrated Lightweight Structures In High Volumes and will contribute to the project through enabling advanced monitoring and control of fusion bonding processes.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You must have the following qualifications:

  • Strong experimental skills related composites manufacturing and testing.
  • Background in mechanical/aerospace/civil engineering, materials science, physics or a related field.
  • Experience with ultrasonic welding is a plus.
  • Proficiency with machine learning methods and corresponding software packages is a plus.
  • Fluency in English and proven academic writing skills.
  • The ability to work well in an interdisciplinary project in a collaborative setting and to interact with stakeholders.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2 years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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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 Aerospace Engineering

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 270 PhD candidates and close to 3000 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond. 

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Additional information

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 3 March 2024 via the application button and upload:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • A detailed CV including a list of publications.
  • Summary of academic record or research experience.
  • Names of three references.

Please note:

  • Applications will be periodically reviewed also before the application deadline therefore candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as they are ready and not wait until the deadline.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Baris Caglar, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, email:

For more information about the application procedure, please contact


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD04944


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

Application procedure

Application procedure

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

Make sure to apply no later than 3 Mar 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).