Professor Positions (Asst./Assoc./Full) in Biotechnology

Biochemical engineering, bioprocess technology, fermentation technology, (cell) system engineering

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38 uur


Biotechnology is pivotal to several grand societal challenges, posing new research questions in various directions including circular and biobased economy development, the sustainable production of renewable materials, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals and energy carriers. At the TU Delft we wish to strengthen our leadership in the research areas of biochemical engineering/bioprocess technology/fermentation technology and (cell) system engineering with up to five staff positions. Therefore, we invite top talent that wishes to address these challenges with us. We welcome applications from candidates who are eager to develop an independent research line based on creative, innovative research ideas. The positions come with funding for PhD students for ambitious projects.
Candidates are expected to contribute to our education activities, including the popular BSc and MSc programmes on Life Science and Technology and Molecular Science and Technology, the international, advanced (post-graduate) courses run by Biotech Academy Delft and online courses (MOOCs, such as on Industrial Biotechnology). We also contribute to programmes of other faculties such as Industrial Ecology, Sustainable Energy Technology, Engineering and Policy Analysis. We work with novel and digital education modules for blended education in alignment with the Extension School. 

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


The candidate has:
• an MSc and PhD in a subject relevant for biochemical engineering/bioprocess technology/fermentation technology and or (cell) system engineering.
• a proven track record in research, and a career that allows successful applications for individual grants such as VIDI/VICI or ERC grants.
• affinity for and experience in teaching and development of academic education (at the BSc and MSc levels).
• proficiency in English and, for foreign candidates, the willingness to learn the Dutch language.
• ambition and ability to develop a leading research line in the subject described in the position description.
• affinity with research at the interface of academia and industry, and with working in multidisciplinary teams.


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.

As part of the recruitment procedure you applicants may be invited to present at the symposium ‘Grand Challenges in Biotechnology’ on 1 September 2017. For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Isabel Arends, phone: +31 (0)15-2786659, e-mail: For more information see the Recruitment website ( To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application addressed to Professor Arends by 1 August 2017 to
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWBT17-030.

Additional information

Prof. Isabel Arends
+31 (0)15-2786659

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. Applied Sciences The Department of Biotechnology ( engages in research in the fields of biocatalysis, bioprocess engineering, cell systems engineering, environmental biotechnology, industrial microbiology, and biotechnology and society. The department offers a stimulating environment in the biosciences, combining fundamental research, engineering, and design, all directed towards biotechnological process innovations. The department moved recently to a brand-new building, which also houses the Bionanoscience and Chemical Engineering departments. In our recently established virtual TU Delft Institute of BioEngineering we explore interfaces with other departments and faculties at the TU Delft.


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