Postdocs for finite element modeling on liquid crystal elastomer

Eindhoven University of Technology
March 19, 2023
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Postdocs for finite element modeling on liquid crystal elastomer

Vacancies are available for postdocs in the field of responsive liquid crystal elastomers at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands.


(Post-doctoral) Researcher

Irène Curie Fellowship



Chemical Engineering and Chemistry



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Job description

Research background

Our research focuses on developing liquid crystal elastomers for soft robotic applications. One of the key applications of liquid crystal elastomers in soft robotics is in the development of flexible, soft actuators. These actuators can be used to drive the movement of robots, enabling them to change their shape and size in response to external stimuli. Additionally, liquid crystal elastomers can be used in the development of soft sensors, which can detect changes in their environment and respond accordingly.

To achieve this, a combination of simulation, modeling, and experimentation to understand the underlying mechanics and behavior of these materials.

Projects description

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented individual to join our team as a Finite Element Modeler with a focus on soft elastic materials, particularly liquid crystal elastomers. The ideal candidate will have expertise in numerical modeling and simulations, as well as a strong understanding of the mechanical behavior of soft elastic materials.


  • Develop and implement finite element models to simulate the mechanical behavior of liquid crystal elastomers and other soft elastic materials
  • Conduct simulations and analyze results to support research and development projects
  • Collaborate with the research team to design and execute experiments to validate models and simulations
  • Present research findings at internal and external conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Job requirements
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or a related field
  • Strong background in numerical modeling and simulations, especially in finite element analysis
  • Experience with liquid crystal elastomers or other soft elastic materials is a plus
  • Excellent programming skills in MATLAB or other numerical analysis software
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Conditions of employment

    We offer a challenging job for four years in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious university. You will work with innovative analytic equipment and you will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together.

    The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world en part of the European technology hotspot ‘Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists!

  • Full-time employment for 4 years.
  • A gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), scale 10.4 (€3.557,- gross per month).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.
  • Information and application


    Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact the hiring manager dr. Danqing Liu,

    Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Ms. P.J. van de Weijer, HR- advisor,

    Are you inspired and would like to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit our career page.


    We invite you to submit a complete application using the apply-button. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • List of five self-selected ‘best publications'.
  • You can upload a maximum of 5 documents of up to 2MB each.

    The selection of applicants and the job interviews will start immediately until we find a suitable candidate.

    For this vacancy we will recruit simultaneously both internal as external. In the case of equal suitability internal candidates take priority over external candidates. An assessment can be part of the selection procedure. Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.

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