09/04/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD position as part of the MSC-ITN “Design of discontinuous coatings with enhanced de-icing properties” (ESR11 SURFICE)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    Physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    09/05/2021 21:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    956703

OFFER DESCRIPTION

We are looking for a young graduate with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Materials Engineering with outstanding grades, with experience in designing experimental set-ups, surface science, wetting, icing, for a 36-month doctoral position in the area of icephobic surfaces.

The candidate will participate as an early-stage researcher (ESR) to the Marie Skłodowska – Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project: “Smart surface design for efficient ice protection and control” (SURFICE), a project under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The project will be carried out at KU Leuven (Belgium), under scientific supervision of prof. David Seveno https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00089681, secondments of 3-6 month at different MSCA-ITN partner institutions will be part of the project.

The ESR will be affiliated as doctoral Student of the KU Leuven, from which she/he shall obtain a PhD degree in Materials Engineering.

Job Description

The project will focus on the design of discontinuous coatings, i.e. not uniformly covering the underneath surface, to facilitate de-icing. You will work at the Department of Materials Engineering of the KU Leuven (www.mtm.kuleuven.be). The Department is responsible for education, research and service to industry and society related to materials science and engineering. Both, the university KU Leuven and the Department of Materials Engineering are world-wide strongly positioned in the important rankings related to research, innovation and education.

You project will be structured in the following phases:

  • design and setup of an experimental strategy to combine inkjet printing of heat conductive inks and local contrast in temperature, roughness, wettability, and elasticity.
  • Identification of a link between the physical chemistry properties of the discontinuous coatings and the enhanced de-icing properties.
  • Conceptualization of the experimental results into a theoretical framework transferable to various surfaces.
  • cross-correlations with outputs from: (i) iCVD polymer coatings, developed at TU Graz in the group of prof. Anna-Maria Coclite, (ii) soft polymer coatings, developed at University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), in the group of prof. Carlo Antonini; and (iii) polymer coatings developed at TU Delft in the group of prof. Santiago J. Garcia.
  • Completed validation of the theoretical framework.

Based on the proposal, three secondments at SUSOS (CH), 2 months, at University of Milano-Bicocca (IT), 2 month, and FFT (UK), 1 month are planned during the PhD programme. These may be modified if more relevant/productive secondments become available as the work of the ESR and the SURFICE network evolves.

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Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

  • Candidates should have recently obtained a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Materials Engineering with outstanding grades.
  • Strong experimental and theoretical background in at least one of the following topics: coatings, surface science, wetting, icing, anti-icing technologies, and adhesion.
  • Desirable: programming experience e.g. Python, Matlab, or other coding languages.
  • Language skills: ENGLISH: Excellent; DUTCH: of advantage for the interaction within the University, however not required.
  • You have a talent for conceiving advanced experimental set-ups and can realize them in a target-oriented manner.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
KU Leuven
Belgium
Belgium
Leuven
3001
Kasteelpark Arenberg 44/bus 2450

EURAXESS offer ID: 626144

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