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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

PhD Deformation in thin films

PhD position: Deformation of thin films of NiTi shape memory alloy
Delft, 2628 CD, (Zuid-Holland), 40 hours per week Foundation for
Fundamental Research on Matter

Job description
The PhD student will produce NiTi films in a sputter deposition system
at TU Delft. In order to find the conditions for 'good' films, he/she
will characterize those films by X-ray diffraction, SEM, TEM and EPMA.
In collaboration with researchers at Philips MiPlaza in Eindhoven he/she
will transfer NiTi films to a flexible substrate. The real interesting
part of the project is the micro-mechanical testing inside the SEM at
TU Delft. Here it will become clear whether or not there is a relation
between thickness and deformability of the films. The PhD student will
perform these tests, analyze the data and propose a model for the
observed deformation behavior of thin NiTi films.

Although we have a research plan ready for this project, we are willing
to deviate from that plan for a better one. Your research initiatives
will be strongly appreciated. We also expect a PhD student to supervise
undergraduate students in our group. This research project is part of
the FOM-M2I programme Size dependent materials properties, in
collaboration with five other Dutch University teams.

NiTi (Nickel Titanium) is a shape memory alloy known for its
application in satellite hinges, dental fixtures, and spectacle frames. Only
recently NiTi has been prepared as a thin film.

In the present project the suitability of NiTi as metallization for
flexible electronics will be investigated. For this application the
deformation of NiTi films is of crucial importance. Shape memory metals
exhibits pseudo-elasticity. This pseudo-elasticity allows bulk NiTi to be
strained reversibly up to 6%.

Other work on thin film metallization for flexible electronics has
demonstrated a huge thickness dependence of the 'strain to failure' for
gold films. Thin gold films can be stretched far more than thick films,
due to the coupling to the flexible substrate.

University Graduate
The successful candidate is an experimental scientist who holds a
masters degree in physics or materials science, preferably with experience
in thin films or advanced analytical techniques. The successful
candidate interacts easily with scientists from various disciplines and

Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter
Surfaces & Interfaces group (S&I) is part of 'Materials Science and
' (MSE) at TU Delft. The mission of 'Materials Science and
Engineering' is to provide novel materials solutions to societal demands.
The Surfaces & Interfaces group strives to do so by performing
world-class research on coating properties and interactions of the environment
with solid surfaces. Examples of present projects are: 'Thermal
barriers', 'Corrosion protection' and 'Hard coatings'.

Conditions of employment
Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 - 3000

Maximum salary amount in Euro's a month 2569
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional conditions of employment:
When fulfilling a PhD position at the FOM foundation, you will get the
status of junior scientist.
You will have an employee status and can participate in all the
employee benefits FOM offers. You will get a contract for 4 years. Your salary
will be up to a maximum of 2,569 euro gross per month.
You are supposed to have a thesis finished at the end of your four year
term with FOM.
A training programme is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor
will make up a plan for the additional education and supervising that
you specifically need. This plan also defines which teaching activities
you will be responsible (up to a maximum of 10% of your time). The
conditions of employment of the FOM-foundation are laid down in the
Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (CAO-Onderzoekinstellingen),
more exclusive information is available at this website under
Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).

Additional Information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Prof.dr. G.C.A.M. Janssen
Telephone number: +31 (0)15 278
E-mail address:

You can apply for this job before 28-05-2009 by sending your
application to:

Delft University of Technology
Mekelweg 2
2628 CD Delft
The Netherlands
E-mail address:

Please quote vacancy # 3ME08.48

Please send your:
- Resume;
- Motivation on why you want to join the group (max. 1 page).

Applications without this motivation will not be taken into account.
However, with this motivation your application will receive our full

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT85050.

The short URL code for this job opening is: 00403-165.
You can use this as a direct link to the job by adding the code to the

The way to AMINEF in Gedung Balai Pustaka

American Indonesian Exchange Foundation
Balai Pustaka Building, 6th. Floor
Jl. Gunung Sahari Raya No. 4
Jakarta 10720, Indonesia

1. The buses which goes to Senen Bus Station all of them pass through Gedung Balai Pustaka. Especially which route is through Pasar Baru .

2. Bus Transjakarta, from Blok M you have to change the bus 2-3 times.
Way 1 : from Blok M change the bus in Dukuh Atas bus stop to the bus towards Pulogadung, then take a bus in Pramuka bus stop towards Ancol, this bus pass through Gedung Balai Pustaka. The closest bus stop (Budi Utomo) is about 800 meters from Gedung Balai .
Way 2 : From Blok M take the bus in the Harmoni Bus Stop, the bus towards Pulogadung, get down in Senen Bus Stop and walk about 800 meters, or from this bus stop take the bus towards Ancol and get down as mentioned in way 1. About the distance, this two bus stops is about the same. (It is better if you take ojek or bajaj from this bus stop to Gedung Balai Pustaka)

3. If you take taxi with old tariff (TL=Tarif Lama) from blok M with no traffic jam is about Rp. 30.000,00.

4. From Blok M use bus Patas AC 76. Gedung Balai Pustaka is in the right side, after you pass through Depag, and say to conductor "Balai Pustaka"

5. Use a busway from Blok M towards Kota, get down in Sawah Besar bus stop. From here take a Mikrolet M12 towards Senen. After cross road Wahidin and before senen get down and cross the street.

Living Cost in Germany

Living Cost in Germany is vary from city to city, but this is th case if you stay in Aachen, Germany
Student accommodation or private sharing : 180 - 230 euros per month
Food : 10 - 12 euros per day (if eating outside)
Transport for students : free within Aachen and until Koln and Dusseldorf in regional trains)

Living Cost In Austria

Living Cost in Austria is depending on the city, for example the Capital of Austria, Vienna:
- Dormitory is about 250-400 euro per month.
- Living Cost 200-400 euro per month.
- Transportation 128 euro per 4 months (student and age < 26), or 49 euro per month (ordinary)

For visa, it has to be a letter from the University/Scholl in Austria. It takes about 2-3 months.

Where to do GMAT Test

GMAT Tests are held in Jakarta, Indonesia :
1. EEC Slipi +62-21 5320044 or +62-215323176
2. Kaplan GMAT Preparation +62-81388908450, +62-21 5211588, +62-215211701 (Information abaout this test can be asked in that number)
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