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ACTIVE: 1 PhD position on “Experimental analysis of advanced 3D woven hybrid composites”

This position is now closed. 31 January, 2020

1 PhD position on “Experimental Analysis of Advanced 3D Woven Hybrid Composites” 

The scientific research project will be headed by Dr. Serra Topal (Sabanci University), and includes Dr. Hatice Sinem Sas Cayci (Sabanci University) and Dr. Adnan Kefal (Istanbul Technical University), and be conducted in Sabanci University Composite Technologies Center of Excellence (Istanbul). The project duration is 3 years.

Topic

3D woven fabric materials have recently attracted significant attention in the science and technology area, as they offer superior resistance to delamination compared to their 2D woven or unidirectional fibre reinforced composite counterparts. Only recently, 3D woven carbon composite fan blades were designed for the next generation GE engines in aircrafts. To date, progress toward 3D woven fabric reinforced polymeric composites is still hampered by the deficient knowledge on their predictive models and structure-property relationships under various loading conditions.

Tasks: 

  • Production of 3D woven hybrid composites with low void contents
  • Dynamic mechanical testing


Required: 

  • Bachelor’s/Master degree in: material science, chemistry, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering
  • Excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills in English
  • Basic knowledge of materials science
  • Dedicated applicant with clear goals in academic career

Advantageous:

  • Interest in 3D woven composite production with hybrid textiles
  • Interest in dynamic experimental analysis of composites
  • Interest in process modeling of woven composite materials

What we offer

  • Highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment with unique access to state-of-the-art production, characterization and testing tools of composite materials, cutting edge research facilities and collaborations at IMC CTCE
  • Work place at the CTCE located close to the international Sabiha Gokcen Airport of Turkey’s historical city Istanbul, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city offering a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities
  • Campus located 20 minutes shuttle distance to the research center, including opportunities to accommodation, health and social services


Your application
Interested candidates should submit their:

1- curriculum vitae listing education, research experience,  work experience, career breaks (if any), published publications (unpublished work will not be considered), contact info (max. 5 pages, Word/PDF)

2- a statement on their motivation for joining the group and their career objective (max. 1 page, Word/PDF)

Copies of academic transcripts, and names/contacts of two references might be required in the forthcoming stages.

Please do not email any other staff member in the institute. Applications will be archived by the job poster.

Dr. Serra Topal
Sabanci University

ACTIVE: 1 PhD Position in: 3-year TUBITAK Aeronautics&Aerospace Research Project

1 PhD position on “Atmospheric Plasma Activation as an innovative, economic, environment-friendly method to improve the mechanical bonding properties of high-performance thermosetting and thermoplastic carbon-fibre reinforced composites”

The scientific research project will be headed by Dr. Serra Topal (Sabanci University/SU), and includes Dr. Bertan Beylergil (Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University/ALKU) and Dr. Cem Ozturk (Kordsa Inc.) together with Dr. Burcu Saner Okan (SU), and be conducted in SU Composite Technologies Center of Excellence (CTCE, Istanbul). The project duration is 3 years.

The topic

Atmospheric plasma activation (APA) is an innovative method for surface treatment to prepare the metallic/composite surfaces especially for bonding with adhesives, which offers unmatched advantages in aerospace&aeronautics applications compared to mechanical bonding techniques. This project aims to apply APA on high performance thermosetting and thermoplastic CFRPs, both in small-scale parametric studies and large-scale with the integration of multiple nozzles on robotic arm.

Required: all PhD applicants

  • Bachelor’s or Master degree in: materials science, chemistry, polymer chemistry, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering
  • Excellent written an oral communication/presentation skills in English
  • Good knowledge of materials science

CLOSED: 1 PhD applicant: “Robotic integration, composite production” (to study with Dr. Lutfi Taner Tunc, SU) (“PhD-3”)

  • Good knowledge on machine dynamics, robotics, kinematics
  • Basic knowledge in fibre-reinforced polymeric composites

CLOSED: 1 PhD applicant: “Chemical studies and adhesive development” (to study with Dr. Burcu Saner Okan, SU) (“PhD-4”)

  • Good knowledge/experience in polymer chemistry and lab processes
  • Interest in developing chemical formulations/compounds/adhesives from epoxies

OPEN: 1 PhD applicant: “Production and mechanical testing of CFRP thermosetting composites and their bonded joints” (to study with Dr. Mehmet Yildiz, SU) (“PhD-1”)

  • Good knowledge/experience in polymer chemistry and lab processes
  • Interest in producing thermosetting composites with vacuum infusion and surface treatment with innovative atmospheric plasma technology

What we offer

  • Highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment with unique access to state-of-the-art production, characterization and testing tools of composite materials, cutting edge research facilities and collaborations at IMC CTCE

Your application
Interested candidates should submit their:

1- curriculum vitae listing education, research experience,  work/project experience, career breaks (if any), published publications (if any; unpublished ones will not be considered), contact info (max. 5 pages, PDF)

2- cover letter (max. 1 page, PDF) Please state which profile you are applying: “PhD-3” or “PhD-4”.

Copies of academic transcripts, and names/contacts of two references might be required in the forthcoming stages.

Please do not email any other staff member in the institute. Applications will be evaluated by a Committee.

Dr. Serra Topal
Sabanci Univiersity