Research Assistant in Robotic 3D Printing

  • Full Time
  • Delft

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Faculty/department Architecture & the Built Environment
Level Bachelor degree
Maximum employment Maximum of 32 hours per week (0,8FTE)
Duration of contract 6 months
Salary scale €2131 to €2877 per month gross

Architecture & the Built Environment
Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTE’s devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around €38 million, of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology provides education and performs scientific research in the field of building technology related to building design. It positions itself as an important player in the integration of design and engineering. The main core areas of interest are façade design,structural design, climate design, and computational design with an important core focus on sustainability.

The chair of Design Informatics focuses on computer applications, techniques, and methods directed at design and materialisation in the construction process. The chair teaches in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, and conducts research on computation and performance. Performance-based design is one of the main topics in which the computational methods and techniques have been integrated into the entire spectrum from concept design to demolition by a collaborative environment such as BIM (Building Information Modelling) and BEM (Building Environmental Modelling).

Job description
This 6-months research support position is part of the research through design project Double Face 2.0, which is funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The main aims of this project are developing a novel type of lightweight, translucent, adaptable Trombe wall system. It consists of a new system that passively improves thermal comfort and reduces energy demand using new lightweight and translucent materials for latent heat storage (PCM) and insulation (aerogel), and advanced 3D printing techniques, robotics, and computational means (like evolutionary algorithms) for design development. This grant makes available a position for an employee supporting the two researchers in this project.

The research support employee will
• be part of the research team and will focus on developing the robotic 3D printing infrastructure;
• work on the development of prototypes based on rapid prototyping techniques like FDM 3D printing and robotic FDM 3D printing;
• co-author publications that come out of this research project.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

• Bachelors degree (university or university of applied sciences) or the equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Robotics, Computational Materials and Production Engineering or any other related discipline;
• Proven skills in working with, operating, and programming Comau robots;
• Proven skills in FDM 3D printing (with polymers);
• Proven skills in working with Rhinoceros and its parametric plugin Grasshopper;
• Interest in research and innovative developments;
• Good communication skills and a good command of spoken and written English.

Conditions of employment
The 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.

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