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Assistant/Associate/Full Professors Mechanics and Materials

Assistant/Associate/Full Professors Mechanics and Materials

The Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks to hire outstanding faculty members at all levels within Mechanics and Materials.
Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
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Job description

The Mechanics and Materials group within the department Mechanical Engineering is searching for multiple positions on Assistant/Associate/Full Professor level. 


Advanced materials, materials applications and manufacturing methods rely on the fundamental understanding of the physics and mechanics of the underlying microstructure and the influence of complex processing steps affecting this microstructure, governing the mechanical behaviour of materials under various loading conditions. The development of this fundamental understanding requires bridging the gap between science and technology in the area of processing, analysis and design, through the use of novel experimental and computational tools. The experimental analysis, theoretical understanding and predictive modelling of a large range of problems in materials engineering involve different length scales, each of which necessitates dedicated experimental and/or computational tools. Predictive methods to coarse grain or homogenize from small scales to engineering scales are thereby of key importance.

Function integration in material systems

Conventional materials are endowed with a morphology and microstructure that is designed and processed up-front, and which is not purposely altered thereafter. Allowing materials to change morphology and properties over time (the 4th dimension) in a controlled manner, enables materials to behave as actuators or sensors, or to be programmable. This development can be extended towards designing and creating materials, i.e. designer materials, which are functionally integrated systems, i.e. the material becomes the system. This development is stimulated by ongoing material-driven miniaturization and function integration. 

Development, optimization and behaviour of new advanced materials

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has huge potential and is widely advertised as the next industrial revolution, but there are still major hurdles related to the material’s behaviour under the AM processing regime in relation to the desired functionality. This specifically applies to hybrid materials, which are key for the next-generation engineering materials, but also for combining synthetic and natural materials in soft robotics, wearable devices and implants.

Research field of candidates

The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the TU/e seeks to hire outstanding faculty members at all levels within the field of Mechanics and Materials and in particular the fields of Function integration in material systems and Development, optimization and behaviour of new advanced materials, which should play a leading role in addressing challenges and trends in the above-mentioned areas.

The department has a particular interest in candidates with a basis in one of the following subjects:

  • Design, processing and testing of multi-functional 4D materials
  • Multi-materials Additive Manufacturing

Candidates with an experimental profile are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Candidates can apply to (tenure-track) assistant, associate and full professor positions and are expected to have knowledge on relevant application domains of mechanics and processing of materials. She/he should have the aspiration to contribute to the creation of a strong, internationally renowned research group, while fostering a collaborative network with other academics working on the topic within the department, the university and industry. The candidate should contribute to the progress in the field of mechanics and processing of materials, and to make major contributions to the fundamentals of new materials and manufacturing techniques.


The candidates will contribute to the existing BSc program Mechanical Engineering and the MSc program Mechanical Engineering within the department. The candidates will be supported in obtaining the University Teaching Qualification (‘BKO’). Next to teaching, the candidates will guide and supervise BSc and MSc students with their graduation projects and PhD students under the projects in the sections Mechanics of Materials, Polymer Technology, or Microsystems. 


Four (4) positions of 1.0 fte are financed by the Mechanical Engineering Department. The candidates will vigorously work on pursuing research grants from different sources, both national funds from the science foundation (TTW, NWO), but also European grants, including ERC grants. Experienced section members will guide younger candidates in writing proposals.


The candidate’s group will strongly co-operate with existing groups in the Department, in particular the groups within the sections of Materials and Mechanics. Depending on the function level to which the candidate applies, the candidate’s group can be embedded in one of the sections Mechanics and Materials, Polymer Technology, or Microsystems. The department fosters a personnel strategy stimulating personal growth towards faculty forming individual groups within larger coherent sections.

The candidate’s group will be embedded in the Materials Technology institute (MaTe) within the University. The groups will also be embedded in one or more of the national research schools Engineering Mechanics (EM), Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories (EPL) and J.M. Burgerscentrum (JMBC).

Job requirements

  • Teach the education components of the education program;
  • Periodic maintenance of the assigned education components;
  • Indicate improvement possibilities for the assigned education components;
  • Carry out independent research for the purpose of science, government and the industrial sector;
  • Contribute to the recruitment of second and third flow of funds (i.e. public and private funding);
  • Provide specific guidance to the academic personnel in carrying out research;
  • Provide leadership to work groups, committees or project teams in the sections.

These function elements hold for researchers at an assistant professor level. For candidates at Associate Professor level or Full Professor level, additional elements and elements at a higher level are expected.

Conditions of employment

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department;
  • If you will be appointed as an Irène Curie Fellow, you are entitled to a substantial start-up package to kick-off your career.
  • In order to empower you, we provide support such as training programs for academic leadership and the university teaching qualification and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes).
  • Family friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application



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Your application must contain the following documents:

  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed CV
  • A detailed list of publications and achievements
  • A research statement
  • A teaching statement
  • The contact information of two referees

Only complete applications will be considered. Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled. We are committed to the cause of gender equality and, in case of equal suitability, we give preference to female candidates.

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