PhD position Sealing and closing of plastic packaging
University of Twente
Enschede, Netherlands
5 dagen geleden

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to solve the issue of micro-leakages in the sealing and closing of packaging with the final aim to reduce food waste.

This will be done in collaboration with The Delft University of Technology and several commercial companies. Are you ready to contribute to a better society in an interdisciplinary context?

The challenge

The first aim of this project is to find the reasons of failure and to understand which physical phenomena are relevant for the observed micro-

failures of packaging seals in the field.

The other research questions that have to be solved are : What measures can be taken in order to predict and improve the long term quality of a (heat) seal?

This may help the industry to develop sealing systems that can ensure the long-term quality seal performance.

The project will be executed in cooperation with TU-Delft (post-doc research of two years, experimentally based), where simulations of the behaviour plastic sealings will play an important part.

For this PhD position, we are looking for a candidate who is open to learning and applying mixed research methods in direct collaboration with industry.

You will work at the chair Packaging Design and Management of the University of Twente and in close collaboration with the Adhesion Institute of the Delft University of Technology, and in cooperation with the companies Ardagh Metal Group, Heineken, JDE and Yparex and a network comprising Wageningen University and The Technical University of Eindhoven.

The use of lab equipment is part of the job. You will work on generating fundamental knowledge and simulation tools to be able to improve the quality of sealing.

You will take lead in writing project deliverables and research publications.

Your profile

  • Master degree in polymer science (preferred), material engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, applied physics or another relevant discipline
  • Experience with material testing, analysis and polymer science
  • Knowledge of packaging, packaging materials and sealing mechanisms
  • Excellent English, communication and reporting skills
  • Comfortable to work both independently and in a team
  • A pro-active, independent, problem-solving, and result-oriented work attitude
  • Expected to publish and participate in international conferences

    You can submit your application (including CV, list of publications, research statements and three names of potential references) before 1st of March 2019.

    For more information you can contact prof. dr. ir. Roland ten Klooster (r.tenklooster

    Our offer

    We offer a very challenging fulltime PhD-position for 3,5 years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment.

    Your research is expected to result in a promotion. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • A starting salary of € 2.325,- in the first year and a salary of € 2.972,- in the last year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs.
  • The organization

    The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter.

  • New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands;
  • divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

    Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply. The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente.

    ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates.

    The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes : Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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