Post-doc: Fundamentals in Adhesion of Physical Vapour Deposited ZnMg Coatings

Department/faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 3 years
Salary: €3068 to €4028 per month gross

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) aims to provide internationally recognised, high quality materials research of benefit to industry and society, addressing material lifecycle, structure, properties and functionality from a physics-based perspective. MSE retains a strong (although by no means exclusive) focus on metals, providing coherent and innovative research dedicated to the sustainable development, characterisation, and understanding of materials that perform better, last longer, enhance function, conserve resources, and have a low environmental footprint.

The Surface and Interface Research group employs and further develops a range of advanced experimental techniques for the analysis of structure and composition of metals as well as for mechanical testing. In-house techniques include microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, diffraction, in-situ techniques to quantify materials' response to mechanical loading, temperature changes, and corrosive environments. Physical modelling of mechanical and structural behaviour of metals is developed at length and time scales that range from the atomic scale through the micrometre-scale to macroscopic applications.

Job description

The ultimate goal of the project “Fundamentals in the Adhesion of Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) ZnMg coatings for next generation steels (NGS)” is to solve the adhesion problem of novel PVD Al(Zn)-ZnMg dual-layer coated advanced high strength steels by optimising the coating design and interface structure.

The Post-doc project at TU Delft 3mE MSE aims at fundamental understanding of adhesion of metallic coatings on substrates in general, and more specifically: how is (PVD) coating adhesion related to the chemical composition and microstructure of both the coating and substrate and how is it effected by thermal processing. Physical and chemical modelling is envisioned to predict the coating adhesion by considering surface and interface energies.

Further, aspects as residual stresses and deformations by forming operations on the coating adhesion behaviour will be studied. This should lead to modelling adhesion and formability of the coating-steel substrate composite.
Finally, methods of quantitatively measure the coating adhesion should be developed in combination with modelling of adhesion and formability.

The project is a collaboration between Tata Steel, TU Delft and University of Groningen. The desire of Tata Steel Europe driving this research, is to develop continuous PVD coating as a breakthrough technology for depositing anti-corrosion ZnMg coatings on NGS strip.


The applicant should hold a PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science. Candidates who apply for the position should recognize themselves in:
• An ambition to do scientific work at a high level, as well as a strong orientation on result and process.
• A strong affinity for physical-chemical modelling of solid materials and outstanding experimental competence to validate. Experience in Multiphysics programs (Comsol or other) and programming in MatLab.
• Competence profile: independent in project execution, focus on solutions, result oriented, work consistently and accurate, plan based working with a good sense of direction, perseverance, open and unprejudiced.
• Good communication skills and the ability to work in a cross-organisational team, with stakeholders in industry, academics and technicians.
• Fluency in English and good experience in writing as evidenced by publications in leading journals.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. W. G. Sloof, phone: +31 (0)15-2784924, e-mail:
(0)15-2784924, e-mail:
To apply, please apply through the M2i website: and upload a detailed CV and your letter of motivation by 1 July 2017 with reference to vacancy number 3ME17-19. For more information about the selection procedure please contact Marike Rupert, phone: +31 (0)6 30477067, e-mail:

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
PhD degree
Working hours
3 years
€3068 to €4028 per month gross

Closing date
July 1, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact W. G. Sloof, Associate Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2784924

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Marike Rupert.