Applications are invited for a 2-year research position in the field of nanocomposites and, more specifically, graphene reinforced polymer fibers. The work will be performed in the Composite Materials Group of the Department of Materials Engineering at KULeuven. The research is supported by FWO within the FLAG-ERA funding scheme.
This position is part of GraSage project (Modelling of the electrical and thermal transport mechanisms in graphene nano-modified polymer compounds and fibres). The GraSage consortium is a partnership of four research institutes/universities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain. The goals of the project are to develop and understand the behavior of graphene-modified polymeric compounds and fibres using both experimental and modelling approaches.
The postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven will study the interaction between graphene and the surrounding polymer by performing simulations at the nanoscale. These predictions will then be transferred to quantitative models of the nanocomposite fibre to predict its resulting properties. The approach will combine discrete and continuum models.
The work requires a strong background in molecular dynamics (discrete) and finite element (continuum) simulations. The researcher will perform mainly modelling research with small experimental component to it, and it is hence vital that applicants are keen for such a combination. The experimental work will include characterization of the fiber structure morphology.
During this appointment, the researcher will:
- Develop a new multi-scale model for graphene modified fibers (translating phenomena at the nanoscale to the macro-scale);
- Perform parametric studies to understand the effect of different input data on the fiber performance;
- Characterize morphology of the fibers (using SEM/TEM);
- Write scientific papers for publication in top-level journals in materials science/mechanics;
- Present his/her research in project meetings, international conferences and outreach events;
- Work in close collaboration with the supervisors, while being the driving force for his/her own research.
The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for recruitment at KU Leuven. He/she has a PhD degree (in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or similar) and has experience in both molecular dynamics simulations and finite element modelling. Eligible applications will be assessed on the applicant’s (i) academic qualifications, (ii) background in materials modelling, (iii) technical skills, (iv) communication skills, and (v) motivation for the project. KU Leuven has an equal opportunities and diversity policy.
For further details about this specific position, please contact Larissa Gorbatikh, email@example.com, and David Seveno, firstname.lastname@example.org (to be copied to both).
Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae, cover letter and copies of the published articles to both e-mail addresses mentioned above.