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Instrument Scientist (tenure track) position in Chemical Engineering

ChemE recently opened a new facility, Industrial Catalysis Lab (ICL, Building 67), where industry-relevant catalytic and high-pressure reactions up to 500 bar …

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Lorentzweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 3637 - € 4978 per maand


ChemE recently opened a new facility, Industrial Catalysis Lab (ICL, Building 67), where industry-relevant catalytic and high-pressure reactions up to 500 bar can be safely performed. Together with the labs in the main building of ChemE, ICL offers researchers at TU Delft and industry to advance catalysis science and high-pressure chemistry, catalysing collaborative projects and offering unique opportunities for research and education. Innovation in catalysis engineering demands instrumental innovation, for example designing reactor systems with novel and unique concepts including high-pressure operation with automation and possible use of robotics. To accelerate innovations in catalysis science and to fully exploit the potential of ICL, we look for an internationally competent instrument scientist as a faculty member at ChemE.

We invite applications for a tenure-track instrument scientist position from outstanding early-career scientists interested in instrumentation-driven innovation in catalysis science. Successful candidates are expected to develop an original scientific program towards that direction and offer colleagues cutting-edge and customised experimental tools. In addition, we expect our new colleague to enthusiastically teach and contribute to develop courses in our BSc and MSc programs on catalysis, reaction engineering, instrumentation and/or safety besides supervision of PhD students and postdocs. Strong leadership as well as managing and conducting applied research with industry partners are expected. Successful candidates are also expected to interact synergistically with existing research groups working on catalysis science and reaction engineering.

Specialized staff members are available at TU Delft to support tenure-track instrument scientist in building and strengthening their own research programs and to provide administrative support. Experienced scientists in the Department of Chemical Engineering are ready to act as sounding boards and mentors in discussions on scientific and personal development.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment offers young, talented scientist interested in instrumentation a clear and attractive career path. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit www.tudelft.nl/tenuretrack.


We seek an instrument scientist with a good scientific track record, a researcher with a creative and collaborative mentality who appreciates scientific and engineering challenges in innovating catalysis science and who through their research, management skills, and teaching qualities can inspire co-workers and students alike.

The ideal candidate has:
• A PhD in a relevant area,
• Relevant post-doctoral research experience,
• Relevant experience in industry and/or industry projects,
• A high-quality publication record,
• A proven expertise in developing instrumentation for catalysis research, in particular for high-pressure reactions,
• A vision on how to develop a new, independent research line on instrumentation in catalysis science and reaction engineering,
• A passion for education and coaching of students and early-stage researchers,
• Proficiency in English
• Motivation and ability to acquire funding, via public-private partnerships and/or direct industrial funding,
• Motivation and ability to contribute to organizational tasks of the department.


A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.
For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr.ir. A (Atsushi) Urakawa, email: A.Urakawa@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 15 27 89402.

In order to apply, please submit, in addition to your CV and publication record, a cover letter (max. 3 pages) explaining motivation for application, relevant expertise and visions on establishing connections with industry and on innovating instrument-driven catalysis research. In addition a 1-pager is required on the approach to establish education in high pressure environment and safety in chemical engineering.
Your application letter should be addressed to the attention of prof. dr. ir. A. (Atsushi) Urakawa and send to Mrs. C.J. (Karin) Wilhelm, Management Assistant, email: C.J.Wilhelm@tudelft.nl with reference number TNW CE 20-036.
This vacancy will remain open until we have found the right candidate.


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