Wednesday, October 22, 2008

PhD Studentship Design of Bulk Material Handling Equipment with Discrete Element Modelling Delft University of Technology Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Delft

PhD Studentship Design of Bulk Material Handling Equipment with Discrete Element Modelling Delft University of Technology Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Delft, (Zuid-Holland),

40 hours per week

Job description
This four-year PhD project aims at developing a new approach in modelling the interaction of behaviour of bulk materials and their handling equipment (such as conveyor belt systems, unloading and loading systems). This will be done by computer simulation using the Discrete Element Method grounded in experimental and/or field research to support and validate the simulations. This project will provide new insights into the behaviour of material in interaction with equipment.

These insights will result in an applicable, tailor-made design tool for bulk materials handling equipment with a focus on efficiency, sustainability and environmental aspects. In addition, this research will contribute to the validation and development of the existing Discrete Element Method simulation models. The project will be carried out in close cooperation with Dutch industry and other universities.The research will be completed by submitting a PhD thesis at Delft University of Technology.

Required education/skills:University Graduate
Applicants should have an MSc degree in mechanical engineering, civil engineering or another relevant research area. An affinity with powder, soil or particulate materials as well as with mechanics and dynamics is required. A good command of English is required, as well as initiative and communication skills. The candidate must be able to work autonomously and function as part of a team (including interaction with industrial partners) as well as supervise MSc graduation projects (starting from the second year).
Job type: Research / Advising
- Research trainees, non-tenured lecturers, researchers

Delft University of Technology
Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognized level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

The focus of the Department of Marine and Transport Technology (MTT) is developing, designing, building and operating marine, dredging, offschore and transport systems and their equipment. Due to strong public pressure for more efficient, cleaner (sustainable) and safer transport, and in order to improve the competitive position of the Dutch and European marine, dredging and transport sector, the pace of new developments is expected to increase.MTT offers education and conducts research to further develop knowledge of the dynamics and physical processes involved in transport, dredging. offshore and marine systems; the logistics and control of these systems; and the interaction between the equipment and the material to be handled.
Date of entry: 18/09/2008

Conditions of employment
Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 - 3000

Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 2558
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: Four years
Maximum hours per week: 40
Additional conditions of employment:
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, and the option of assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the ‘IKA’). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.For more information about this position, please contact D. L. Schott, phone: 31 (0)15-2783130, e-mail: For information about the application process, you are welcome to contact Arsha Timmermans, phone: 31 (0)15-278822, e-mail: apply, please send a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter stating why the proposed research topic interests you, your course programme and corresponding grades, names and addresses of reference persons, and any other information that might be relevant to your application. E-mail your materials by December 1, 2008 to: applying for this position, make sure to mention vacancy number 3ME08-44.

Additional Information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

D. L. Schott
Telephone number: 31 (0)15-2783130
E-mail address:

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You can apply for this job before 01-12-2008 (dd-mm-yyyy) by sending your application to:

D. L. Schott/MTT

When applying for this job always mention the vacancynumber 3ME08-44.