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PhD position on developing design guidelines for Precision Additive Manufacturing - Belgium  

KU Leuven (company)


Posted on : 02 June 2017

Project Description

  • Consistently producing accurate parts by Additive Manufacturing can only be achieved if the part’s design is well-tailored to specific capabilities of AM. 
  • Nevertheless, little research has been dedicated to the development of “design for additive manufacturing” rules for industrial components. 
  • Within this PhD project, you will investigate e.g.minimum producible dimensions (of holes and ridges), as well as develop a procedure to define the optimal support structure needed to avoid overheating and extreme down-facing roughness. 
  • You will moreover compare final part dimensions to design specifications in order to define correction algorithms for first-time-right processing. 
  • The influences of the AM machine and settings,the processed material, and the geometry all contribute to the challenge.
  • You will address this challenge both experimentally as well as through process modelling. 
  • For your experimental work, you will have access to a wide range of high-tech machines for Additive Manufacturing as well as for quality control (e.g. X-ray Computed Tomography) available within the university premises.
  •  The PAM network will moreover provide access to additional test facilities at our European partners, as well as to a dynamic network of PhD students that look forward to collaborate regarding e.g.the identification of critical features or regarding process modeling.

All researchers recruited within the  PAM² project  must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) and undertake transnational mobility:
  • Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. 
  • Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Researchers can be of any nationality.

Specifically for this vacancy we are looking for an enthusiastic and creative doctoral researcher with
  • a master's degree in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, or the like
  • good grades (at least one time ‘cum laude’ in master or bachelor degree)  
  • good English communication skills (oral and written)
  • open character, good team player
  • expertise in AM is a plus, but not required 

An exiting job in an international context!