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Scientist Materials Modelling

Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO

9035936 | GELEEN | Detachering | WO | 40 uur | publicatiedatum 


Over de functie

As Scientist Materials Modeling you are responsible for advanced research in the field of modeling of polymeric materials, in particular of inhomogeneous materials, filled or reinforced with (nano) particles or reinforced with short or endless fibers (advanced composites). You will contribute to the success of the BMC programs by defining opportunities, analyzing them, and by developing and/or proposing the most efficient tools (numerical as well as experimental) to come to new materials technologies. You will analyze application needs and challenges identified by the industry, and translate these into defined research topics that can be studied in a structured model-based way.  

For the Additive Manufacturing program, the modeling efforts will focus on mechanical and functional properties in relation to microstructure and morphology, both for thermoplastic polymers and photopolymers. For the Lightweight Automotive program, the modeling will be used to better understand failure behavior of thermoplastic composites, in particular in hybrid systems where the (polymer-metal or polymer-polymer) interface will play an important role.   Multiscale modeling and the relation between nano/micro-structure and macroscopic continuum material models will be an important aspect of your job. You will independently perform research activities supporting these programs, but you will also support PhD, MSc and BSc students working at the BMC premises or at the connected universities.  

Typical work activities are:
• Analyzing complex application problems and simplifying these into workable research topics
• Leading research projects in the field of materials modeling (processing, performance, relation between structure and properties, characterization).  
• Coordinating the work of scientists and research assistants in research projects;
• Developing new consortia / projects in your field of expertise (project acquisition);
• Publishing and presenting your work, both internally and externally;
• Contributing to the TNO/BMC programs Lightweight Automotive and Additive Manufacturing.


You have a PhD degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or related field of study, with a specialization in mechanical or functional polymer properties and numerical methods (FEM).
You combine an open and creative mind with good analytical skills.
You are a conceptual thinker with the ability to quickly translate complex and multidimensional problems into simple but critical issues to solve. You have curiosity in finding out how "things work" and you tend to often ask the question “Why?”.
You are a pragmatic person who likes to implement gained knowledge into real solutions. You are open to bring expertise in from different disciplines in order to solve problems.  
You are a strong team player, but if needed you are also able to work on your own.
You are a good communicator and able to express your thoughts and findings in a clear concise manner, both orally and written.
You have strong interpersonal skills & ability to work effectively as a member of an international team.
You have project management experience.
You are highly motivated and self-initiating. Personal competencies like entrepreneurship, team building, leadership and result orientation are required.  
You are pro-active in stakeholder management (both internally and externally), and will contribute to the various BMC Program roadmaps.
You will shape new research consortia / projects and will be active in project acquisition.
Experience in this field is very relevant, and a good academic and industrial network is clearly an advantage.  
You have a strong background in the mechanical properties of polymer based composites or laminates and composite materials failure analysis.  
You have a proven track record working on the modeling (both experimental and numerical) of polymeric materials for industrial application.
You are fluent in Finite Element Analysis techniques of Micro & Macro level parts, including non-linear behavior and dynamic cycling.

You have at least five years of experience in composites modeling, including laminate design (Abaqus, Digimat), you have experience in process modeling for composites (Mold-Flow, Moldex-3D or others). You have experience in CAD packages (SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Pro-E & Part Meshing). You have a strong background and experience in plastics part design and application development.  You have knowledge and experience with material characterization; You have at least 5 years of industrial experience in the plastics industry, preferably Automotive.


We will boost your career through personal and technical growth. We’ll support you by offering a personal coach and the possibility to follow courses and training via our highly recommended Yacht Academy. We’ll offer interesting benefits and a market conform salary. You’ll become member of the team of professionals who share your education, ambitions and your competencies. This will enable you to interact with your colleagues from Yacht in your own technology language! You’ll become a member of the yacht network, which stretches the high tech industry. You will be challenged by your peers. As a result you’ll be able to keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date!


Progress in the field of materials has enabled numerous new technologies and applications, and will continue to do so. The key challenge for the Materials Solutions department lies in the development of materials with advanced (programmable) functional properties that are tailored for a specific application, by controlling their chemical composition with nano and/or micro structures. Obviously, technically efficient and cost effective production of such materials is a highly relevant aspect of the work.
The research group combines the expertise areas Colloïd Chemistry, Wet-Chemical Coatings and Polymer Materials, together with Material Modelling and Heterogeneous Catalysis, to develop such advanced material properties, ranging from passive / programmable functionalities to adaptive and even active functionalities in longer term.
Materials research is organized around several program lines with specific application areas, like Additive Manufacturing, Optics & Electronics, Lightweight Automotive, Geo Energy and Energy Conversion and Storage. The work is typically contained in multi-year and multi-client research and technological development projects, including those within the context of the European Framework Programs.
The group has well equipped laboratory facilities in Eindhoven and at the Brightlands Materials Centre in Geleen (a recent collaboration between TNO and Chemelot Scientific Participations), and works together with a variety of industrial partners, as well as with actors from the knowledge infrastructure, including other research organizations and technical universities.


Voor meer informatie neem je contact op met Rick Goyen via telefoonnummer 06-10343129

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