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Postdoc (3 years) on finite element modelling of textile materials and processes

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a research project on textile modelling. In this project, the main purpose is to develop a multi-scale textile modelling framework that allows accurate simulation of textile manufacturing processes such as yarn unwinding from a bobbin, weft insertion during weaving, stitching and tufting. This framework is implemented using finite element modelling as well as virtual fibre modelling. Key here are the dynamics of these systems as most textile production happens at high speeds. Moreover, the approach should entail both kinematics as well as mechanics such that predictive simulations of textile manufacturing can be made. This is still a very new research topic and many scientific questions remain unanswered. The postdoctoral researcher will be part of a team of 4 researchers (3 PhD students and one postdoctoral researcher) who will all work on this large research project. The postdoctoral researcher is also expected to support the 3 PhD students and act as a mentor and tutor for them.


  • Experience with finite element mechanical modelling;
  • PhD degree in mechanical engineering, computational mechanics, materials science, or similar;
  • Familiar with mechanics of materials and computational techniques;
  • Good knowledge of English writing and speaking;

Optional expertise

  • Knowledge of Abaqus or other commercial FEA packages;
  • Experience with, or background in, textile materials and processes;

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