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Assistant Professor of Composite Materials

Micro-scale structures and mechanical properties in fibre-reinforced composite materials

11 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 5405 per maand


We are seeking an ambitious and inspiring colleague to develop research examining the relationships between micro-scale structures and mechanical properties in fibre-reinforced composite materials, with particular emphasis on composites for large-scale maritime and civil engineering applications. The position requires an experimental bias. Potential areas of interest include damage initiation, damage propagation, failure mechanisms, environmentally induced degradation, protection, materials design, and recycling. Materials characterisation, mechanical testing, and computational facilities are available within the department. The position is offered in collaboration with the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit www.tudelft.nl/tenuretrack.


Candidates should hold a PhD degree and should have a proven track record of high-quality publications as well as a strong motivation for education. A high degree of creativity is expected in the exploration of new research fields, together with a strong drive to attract funding and a good eye for combining scientific excellence with industrial relevance. The successful candidate will play an active role in the education programmes of the Maritime (Offshore and Dredging) and Materials departments, with contributions to both Bachelor and Master programmes. An active role in departmental management tasks is also expected.


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.
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.
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, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Ian M. Richardson, phone: +31 (0)15-2785086, e-mail: i.m.richardson@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, list of publications and a vision document detailing research, teaching and valorisation (max. 6 pages) along with a letter of application by 8 January 2018 to Mrs Hilma Bleeker, application-3mE@tudelft.nl. The interviews will take place on 15th or 29th of January 2018.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-66.

Additional information

Ian M. Richardson
+31 (0)15-2785086

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering The Department of Materials Science and Engineering aims to provide internationally recognised, high-quality research of benefit to industry and society, addressing lifecycle, structure, properties, and functionality from a physicochemical perspective. We also aim to furnish a top-level education in materials science and engineering. Focus areas within the department include metals processing, microstructure and property characterisation and prediction, surfaces and interface engineering, degradation, joining, and mechanical behaviour. The department operates on a principal investigator model.
The position is offered in the field of mechanical behaviour of materials, which has input from a number of staff members with interests ranging from nano- and microstructural length scales to the macro scale. An important focus within the department is related to the influence of structure on mechanical properties and subsequent failure mechanisms. The research is of a physical nature, aiming at the understanding of materials behaviour in industrial processes and applications.