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Assistant Professor in Novel Thermoplastic Composites (Tenure Track)

The aerospace industry is in a continuous quest for more efficient lightweight structural materials with added functionalities.Thermoplastic composites are …

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Kluyverweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 3637 - € 5656 per maand


The aerospace industry is in a continuous quest for more efficient lightweight structural materials with added functionalities.Thermoplastic composites are becoming increasingly attractive due to their suitability for automated manufacturing processes, their high fracture toughness compared to thermosets, their potential recyclability and their suitability for joining methods. The aim of this faculty position is to explore the potential of novel thermoplastics composites by significantly enhancing processability, while improving its structural performance. This shall be achieved by usage of novel thermoplastics matrix system and by intricate control of the fibre micro- and mesostructure of the composite, being tailored towards specific novel and possibly disruptive manufacturing approaches. Next to the experimental approach, the establishment of digital twins for novel processing routes towards the multi scale representation of the manufacturing process is of particular interest. This shall aim at contributing towards advanced automation, smart manufacturing and data based approaches in thermoplastic composite processing. Being associated to the aerospace manufacturing technologies group, you will be closely cooperating with colleagues on related topics. Next to the the research activity which includes co-supervison of PhD students, you will also contribute to teaching aerospace engineering students at graduate and undergraduate leve


We are looking for an enthusiastic personality with excellent qualifications and an academic background in related fields. You have a passion for scientific detail and an affinity for experimental work, which reflects in an excellent scientific track record and you are very well networked in academia and industry. You enjoy teaching at graduate and undergraduate level and you have demonstrated to successfully coach PhD students. Experience with acquisition of funding for (collaborative) research projects in both fundamental and applied technology is prerequisite. Proven management, communication and people skills as well as a good command of English complement our profile. We expect the candidate to be a strong team player and competent in effectively cooperating within the aerospace manufacturing technologies group, the faculty and TU Delft.


A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position. For circumstances as having children or parental leave during the tenure track, it is possible to delay the definitive assessment and extend the Tenure Track appointment to a maximum of 8 years.

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. Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice can support with advice for you and your accompanying partner about your individual settling needs in the Netherlands. Once arrived you can be supported with individual consults and diverse workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.You will have 232 hours of paid leave each year and in addition to your salary, at TU Delft you will receive an annual holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your salary. The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, you get the chance to obtain this within three years.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. Clemens Dransfeld, full professor, email: c.a.dransfeld@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 15 27886939 .