PhD: New magnetocaloric materials for heat pumps operating in low magnetic fields or for heat recovery
Delft University of Technology, Faculty Applied Sciences

PhD: New magnetocaloric materials for heat pumps operating in low magnetic fields or for heat recovery


Department/faculty: Faculty Applied Sciences 

Level: University Graduate 

Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly 

Contract: 4 years

Salary: 2325 - 2972 euros monthly (full-time basis)


Faculty Applied Sciences


The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.


The position is in the Department of Radiation Science and Technology (RST, Radiation ties the RST department together. The focus of our research is on energy and health. However various our interests, whether they be materials, sensors and instrumentation, energy and sustainable production or health, all our research is somehow related to radiation. Close collaboration with the Reactor Institute Delft (RID) and the newly built Holland Proton Therapy Center (HollandPTC) guarantees access to the reactor and the irradiation facilities, as well as to a clinical proton beam.  


The section Fundamental Aspects of Materials and Energy, FAME, performs research on functional and structural materials aimed at practical applications. The focus is on the study of the relations between structure, dynamics and function at the atomic and nanoscale. For this we use neutrons, positrons, X-rays, NMR, muons, Mossbauer spectroscopy and first principles modeling, at both local (RID) and international facilities.


Job description


Experimental studies of novel magnetic materials aiming at:


A.            Improved fundamental understanding of the physics that drives the extraordinary response of MCE materials in external magnetic fields.


B.            Develop new materials with an enhanced magnetocaloric effect. New candidate structures have been identified based on the recently obtained insight in the physical mechanism responsible for the currently best performance materials. This development is aided by computational screening.


C.            Improved understanding of correlations between magnetic, electronic and lattice degrees of freedom from combined experiments and computational studies, allowing for a better definition of the maximum achievable magnetocaloric response.


D.            Achieve the same giant magnetocaloric effect (characterized by the coefficient of refrigerant performance) for a lower magnetic field of only 0.5 T in order to achieve the same performance with AlNiCo instead of NdFeB magnets.




We are looking voor a enthousiast researcher with experience in the field of Physics, Chemistry or Material Science. A good team player and good communication squils.


Conditions of employment


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.


As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information


Information and application


For more information about this position, please contact Prof.dr. E.H. Brück, head of section FAME, phone: +31 (0)15-2783158, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application to Ms. N.D. Banga (secretary) e-mail:
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWRST18-088.

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