Postdoc position "Wear and surface fatigue in backup rolls"

The University of Twente is looking for a highly motivated Postdoc to strengthen our research portfolio in the area of modelling of degradation mechanisms. Your main task will be to the SFEC technique to analyze the current state of a backup roll.

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Mild wear and damage accumulation by fatigue taking place at a back-up roll are surface induced phenomena, which are in “competition” with each other. Quantitative lifetime predictions can be made by combining laboratory scale validation experiments with modelling of the physical degradation mechanisms. The SFEC technique will be used for model validation, but could also be used to inspect actual rolls in the near future.

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We are looking for a Postdoc who has excellent research skills related to the development of novel measurement techniques and related data analysis. But we also need a candidate who flourishes in an environment with many industrial contacts.

  • PhD degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent, preferably with a background in tribology.
  • You are an excellent researcher, eager to learn and to improve. 
  • You thrive in a collaborative environment.
  • Your communication skills in English are excellent.


  • A  1,5-years postdoc position (fulltime).
  • A gross salary between € 3.353,- and € 5.127,-  per month, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual end of year bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • Professional and personal development programs.
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other extracurricular activities.

Bedrijfsprofiel Universiteit Twente

The Department Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces & Systems (MS3), part of the faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is currently seeking a PhD student developing predictive wear and degradation models for back up rolls.

This project is part of a larger RFCS research project focusing on the wear of backup rolls. This means that there is a lot of interaction and cooperation with the industrial partners involved. You will work closely together with a PhD student, also working on the project. In general terms, the PhD student focuses on modelling, while the Postdoc will work on the development of a measurement method that can be utilized to analyse the current state of a backup roll based on a Swept Frequency Eddy Current (SFEC) technique.

At the University of Twente, the research will be done in the Surface Engineering and Maintenance group, where we work on a wide range of topics related to damage mechanisms and lifetime prediction.

Degradation mechanisms happening at surfaces are typically highly complex in nature. Many degradation mechanisms involve multiple physical domains, like interacting thermal, mechanical and chemical effects. Analysis and modelling complex degradation phenomena is exciting and very relevant. The improvement of lifetime, enabled by accurate degradation models, is ultimately important to make our society more sustainable

About the organization

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor's and Master's students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the ET Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.


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