PhD: Advanced modelling of granular handling for iron making processes Delft University of Technology, Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Netherlands

PhD: Advanced modelling of granular handling for iron making processes

Department/faculty: Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

Level: University Graduate

Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly

Contract: 4 years

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

Faculty 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 Section Transport Engineering and Logistics (TEL) is part of the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology in the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE) at Delft University of Technology. The focus is on the development, design, construction and operation of water and land-based transport systems and equipment. Education and research deals with transport-related topics that involve both technological and logistic issues. This combination of transport equipment and logistics is considered one of the strong points of the TEL section.


Job description
We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic candidate fascinated by granular materials for a fully funded 4-year PhD position.

This PhD project focusses on improving process efficiency of the iron making process by enhanced understanding of handling processes of the raw materials (iron ore, coke) related to the blast furnace. Key aspects include: (1) Establishing a numerical model capturing the material behaviour and specifically segregation of multi component mixtures on global and local detail, (2) Modelling transient and steady state interactions with equipment in various handling steps, (3) Calibration, verification and validation by a combination of simulations and experiments on both a lab and industrial scale.


The developed and validated model will be used to evaluate design and process improvements for optimal charging and as such contribute to improved process efficiency.
This project is in collaboration with Tata Steel and the Materials Innovation Institute (M2i).

More information on the TEL section can be found here.

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate who has:

a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical or Process Engineering or Civil Engineering, preferably with a background in granular materials, powder technology or bulk solids handling or related topics;

proficiency in English (English certificates will be required, such as IELTS and TOEFL);

good demonstrable communication and team-working skills;

knowledge/experience of experimental measurements and data analysis;

Experience in numerical modelling and analytical/computational tools for particle based systems such as DEM software.


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 information about this position you can contact Dr D.L. Schott, e-mail: For more information about the selection procedure please contact Nathalie van Benthem, HR advisor, email:

To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date, detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of application by 10 March 2019 to

When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE19-03.

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