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Assistant Professor Multi-Scale Modelling of Manufactured CE Materials (MSM)

Are you experienced in novel, advanced civil engineering materials in order to offer solutions to current societal challenges regarding safety, durability and sustainability? More specifically, do you have the understanding of modeling of manufactured CE materials? We are seeking an assistant professor for this specialization.

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur


To benefit from the flexibility offered by manufacturing technologies, a new class of computational techniques is required to support the analysis and design of products, materials, and processes. Especially 3D-printing of CE-materials will be a key technology to meet future demands on materials and structures with tunable properties, in view of the advantage of freedom of shape, customisation and on-demand production. The MSM tenure track focuses on development of multiscale modelling techniques to predict (i) residual stress/distortion, surface topology and nano/micro/mesostructure development including defects, (ii) post-production hydration processes, (iii) microstructure anisotropy due to printing direction, and (iv) the mechanical response of interfaces. The interplay between manufacturing process, nano/micro/mesostructure and material properties is of paramount importance. Close cooperation with partners in knowledge institutions, other scientific partners and industry is important. The tenure track includes publishing in peer reviewed journal papers, acquiring funding for research (industry EU and NWO) and contributing to courses on MSc level.

The position is located within the department Mechanics, Management & Design (3MD). 3MD focuses on the design, mechanics, materials and management of civil infrastructures and buildings. A multi-scale research approach is followed, starting at micro-scale (materials), to meso-scale (structures) and to macro-scale (infrastructures/systems). The department governs the entire life cycle from develop, design, build, maintain, operate to demolish or reuse. The department has strong competences in modelling and design for both civil infrastructures as well as buildings.

Novel, advanced civil engineering materials offer solutions to current societal challenges regarding safety, durability and sustainability. The group Applied Mechanics focuses on the computational analysis of multiscale failure processes in these materials. The analysis of failure processes involves many length scales and co-existing mechanical, chemical and physical processes. It is an interesting challenge to bridge the length scales through multiscale computational modelling and to couple the different processes through multi-physics computational modelling, which are core elements of this research programme. For this purpose, accurate, robust and well-founded models are developed for temporal and spatial discretisation, and algorithms are constructed for the efficient, accurate and robust solution of the ensuing non-linear algebraic equations. In recent research, there is a focus on the computational design of novel civil engineering materials such as polymers, ceramics, randomly fibre-reinforced materials and composite laminates through virtual materials testing. Furthermore, advanced nonlinear multiscale modelling techniques, and extreme computational mechanics problems (e.g. long-term variable amplitude fatigue loading, impact and blast loading) are investigated.


We seek a colleague who has the dedication to pursue a career in academia. You have a scientific track record, and are able to build and give a firm scientific contribution to our knowledge and understanding of modelling of manufactured CE materials. You can, through your research, personality and teaching qualities, inspire co-workers and students alike. Our future colleague is expected to establish a strong, externally funded research programme and is committed to excel in teaching at undergraduate (Dutch or English) as well as graduate level (English).


  • You hold a master degree in civil or mechanical engineering, as well as a PhD and additional experience in a postdoctoral or industrial position.
  • Experience in modelling of mechanical characteristics of printed materials would be highly recommended.
  • You should be able to work in a team, like to work in a cooperative and amicable environment and possess good organisational and communication skills.
  • You must be proficient in spoken and written English. International applicants are encouraged to acquire knowledge of Dutch.


At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leader and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive a start-up package and formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.

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 (min. € 3.637 max. € 5.656 gross per month based on a full-time basis).

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr.ir. L.J. Sluys, Professor, email: l.j.sluijs@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 (0)15 27 82728.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Anna Hoek, HR Advisor, email: a.c.m.hoek@@tudelft.nl.