Assistant Professor in Design and Manufacturing

  • WO
  • Tijdelijk
University of Twente (UT)


The Challenge

You'll work on innovative technologies, methods and tools to eventually improve the design, manufacturing, operation and circularity of future products and services. Utilizing advanced opportunities through digitalization is a key aspect. In line with our motto "High tech, human touch" the development of human-centered working environments is a special area of interest as well.

Your passion and expertise is wanted to support research and education. This includes the development and set up of innovative solutions within our own learning and research factories but also in industrial contexts. Specific fields of action within this position include:
  • Development of innovative solutions along the life cycle of products and services including design, manufacturing, operation and circularity aspects
  • Practical implementation and experimental testing in both research and industrial environments
  • Development and implementation of new educational formats along the topics addressed
  • Investigate latest developments in the field and writing of related publications
  • Strong interaction with related internal and external partners


  • We are looking for a highly motivated, positive and hardworking researcher.
  • You hold a PhD degree and expertise related to the positions mentioned above. This includes relevant engineering background (e.g. manufacturing, design & development).
  • You have also skills in areas like information and communication technology (hardware, software/ programming), data analytics/machine learning or modelling/assessment of technical systems.
  • We seek candidates with good team spirit and multidisciplinary curiosity
  • We seek candidates who like to work in an internationally oriented environment where many cultures meet.
  • Proficiency in English is a requirement.


  • We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment on an attractive and green campus with lots of facilities for sports and leisure.
  • The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
  • A fulltime position for 1 year, with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation.
  • A gross salary between € 3.974,- and € 6.181,- per month, depending on experience and qualifications. The salary is in accordance with Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged.
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development;

Meer informatie

Please include:
  • an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply
  • a detailed CV (resume)
  • a publication list.
Please indicate clearly which of the topics you're preferring and why. You can apply until 6th of April 2023. For selected candidates we plan to conduct a first round of online interviews on April 20th. For more information please contact Prof. Sebastian Thiede, Chair of Manufacturing Systems, s.thiede@utwente.nl .

Women are explicitly asked to apply for this position. This is part of the University of Twente's strategy to increase the proportion of women among its faculty and to create a working environment that is diverse and inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.