The Catalytic Processes and Materials (CPM) group, from the faculty of
Science and Technology (S&T) of the University of Twente, in collaboration
with the Thermal Engineering (TE) group, from the Faculty of Engineering
Technology are searching for a PhD candidate for the HOT project. In this
project, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), you will develop
thermal routers with a core made of graphite, exploiting its high thermal
conductivity and flexible properties, and a ultra-high thermal resistive
capping layer based on 2D heterostructures to facilitate heat to flow along
the graphite core. The thermal routers and the insolation layer must be
compact and flexible. These thermal elements will be applied for advanced
thermal management of batteries, leading to an isothermal operating
performance. The outcome of this project will play a key role in our
We envision a candidate that will be using thin-film layer deposition
techniques, like Chemical Vapor Deposition, to achieve conformal 2D layers
(transitional metal dichacolgenides) on top of graphite. We expect the
candidate to be able to conduct thin-film growth in both cleanroom and wet-
chemistry labs followed by detailed characterization of physico-chemical and
thermal properties of the materials. The thermal characterization will be
accompanied multi-physics modelling of the observed behavior, providing new
descriptors for the development of advanced thermal conduits. We expect the
candidate to interact with the industrial partners of the project, Philips,
Thales, VDL and InnoEnergy, for the development of fabrication recipes that
can be scaled-up in the future.
The work will be carried out in collaboration between the University of Twente
(The Netherlands) (~2.5 years) and the CSIC-Madrid (Spain) (~1.5
year). The work at the University of Twente will be conducted in the
Catalytic Processes and Materials group (Dr. ir. J.A. Faria) in the Faculty
of Science and Technology and the Thermal and Fluid Engineering group (Prof.
G. Brem) in the Faculty of Engineering Technology. In the CSIC-Madrid the
work will be supervised by the group FINDER (Dr. M. Muñoz Rojo). You are
encouraged to visit the different groups here:
- Catalytic Processes and Materials group
(https: // www. utwente.nl/en/tnw/cpm/)
- Thermal and Fluid Engineering group
(https: // www. utwente.nl/en/et/tfe/research-groups/TE/)
- CSIC-Madrid (https:// www. termoelectricos.imm-cnm.csic.es/)
We seek highly motivated early-career researcher with a MSc degree on applied
physics, material science, and/or nanotechnology with an excellent background
on thermal characterization, solid-state physics, micro-fabrication, and
cleanroom experience. Programing experience is highly valued on (MATLAB, C/C,
Python, COMSOL). Our ideal candidate must enjoy working in an internationally
and multi-disciplinary team contributing to the research of team-members. We
welcome strong interpersonal skills and interest in sharing knowledge at
conferences and meetings. Proficiency in English is required, both spoken and
written. The appointment will require mobility of the candidate between the
Netherlands (2.5 years) and Spain (1.5 years).
Full-time 4-year PhD position.
The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in
a stimulating scientific environment.
Salary and conditions in accordance with the collective labour agreement
for Dutch universities. The PhD salary is € 2.443,- in the first year and
increases to € 3.122,- in the fourth year.
Full status as an employee, including pension and health care benefits.
A stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research
facilities, including access to the NanoLab in the MESA+ Institute for
A personal development program within the Twente Graduate School.
Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free
allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary (the 30% tax regulation).
The number of holiday hours with full-time employment is 232 hours per
A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus
Information and application
Your application should include the following information:
A cover letter outlining your specific interest, qualifications, and
motivation to apply for this position.
A detailed CV.
Transcripts (in English for non-Dutch applicant) from your Bachelor and
Contact information of two scientific staff members (one should be the
supervisor of your MSc thesis project) who are willing to provide a
recommendation letter at our request.
An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection
Please submit your application via the “Apply now” button.
For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact Dr.
Jimmy A. Faria (email@example.com).
About the department
The Catalytic Processes and Materials (CPM) group is part of the Faculty of
Science and Technology, TNW, at University of Twente. Within CPM we apply
fundamental knowledge on molecular reactions and diffusion in/on heterogeneous
catalysts for exploration of new catalytic materials, catalytic devices, and
processes of relevance for industry and society. The research in the Thermal
Engineering (TE) group, within the Faculty of Engineering Technology, is
concerned with questions related to industrial applications of thermodynamics,
fluid mechanics and heat and mass transport.
About the organization
TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)
Our faculty focuses on three domains, namely Chemistry, Health, and Physics.
We are the home base for the research institutes TechMed, MESA+, the Techno
Centre for Education and Research (TCO), and the Twente Graduate School
(TGS). TNW offers six Bachelor's and seven Master's programs in Health
Sciences, Nanotechnology, (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, and Technical
Medicine. Over 850 colleagues and 2,700 students are active within the faculty
of Science & Technology.
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