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PhD Position: Novel concretes based on Basic Oxygen Furnace Slag

The cement and concrete industry is consuming large amounts of natural resources. One solution to this problem is the use of currently underutilized industrial side products in OPC-free binders. Such a binder based on Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) slag was recently developed at the Building Materials group, and it will be the goal of this PhD to investigate the behavior of concrete based on this recipe. The work will be done in cooperation with the slag processor and cememt producer Ecocem, and will focus on the mix design as well as the durability of the resulting concrete, including shrinkage, freeze-thaw resistance, carbonation behavior, etc.

The Building Materials group contains 23 PhDs, 2 postdocs, 3 assistant professors, 1 associate professor, and 2 full professors. The BM group works on new, sustainable building materials containing or synthesized from secondary raw materials with good chemical, physical and aesthetic properties, and added functionalities. Examples are slags, fly ashes, nano-silica, or recycled aggregates. Functionalities, including fire resistance, air purification, self-cleaning, high performance, hydrophobicity, are investigated and developed for these building materials. Moreover, durability, such as the degradation of building materials when exposed to aggressive service environments, is studied. The investigations are carried out based on experimental observations and modeling.

The research group possesses a well-equipped, state-of-the-art building material laboratory for physical/chemical/mechanical/environmental testing, and has access to the structural design laboratory at the same department, and shares facilities with the sister Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The group has close contacts with the building material industry and is frequently cooperating with other researchers, both domestic and international.


We are looking for highly motivated candidates with:

  • a MSc degree in civil engineering, materals science, or related disciplines.
  • the ability to work independently
  • strong communication skills and the attitude to participate successfully in an international and multidisciplinary team.
  • Professional working proficiency in English. A minimum grade of an independent language test is required (TOEFL or IELTS) for all non-native English-speaking candidates who hold a MSc degree from another program than the TU/e. IELTS: Overall grade 7.0 with a minimum sub score of 7.0 for both speaking and writing. TOEFL: Overall band score of at least 90 and a minimum score of 21 for each section. TU/e only accepts the TOEFL internet-based test.
  • Proofs of English level (such as certificates, coursework followed in English, manuscripts written in English etc.) should be mentioned

Any of the following could be considered an advantage and should be mentioned in the motivation letter:

  • Previous experience with concrete design and durability
  • Experience with relevant characterization techniques such as strength testing etc.
  • Previous publications and scientific communications
  • Affinity/experience with materials research and/or laboratory experience

Candidates who already hold the title of PhD/Doctor will not be considered for the current vacancy.

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary from € 2,395 (first year) to € 3,061 (fourth year) in line with the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • In addition, PhD candidates receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of the year allowance.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
prof. Brouwers, h.j.h.brouwers[at]tue.nl or dr. Schollbach, k.schollbach[at]tue.nl.

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact HRServices.be[at]tue.nl.

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!


We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a:

  • Cover letter (2 page max), which includes a motivation of your interest and an explanation of why you meet the job requirements (see above).
  • Detailed Curriculum vitae
  • Copy (or a most recent draft version) of your MSc thesis
  • Transcripts of academic records indicating courses taken, including grades
  • Contact details of two references (e-mail, phone number).

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it.
Screening will continue until the position has been filled.

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