Within the faculty, research often involves a combination of fundamental theoretical aspects and of modelling and practical techniques. As a result, there is a great deal of cooperation with industry. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering consists of about 1000 students and about 300 employees. The Department currently seek to form a team of three tenure-track assistant professors with a focus on Engineering Design, each with an individual disciplinary emphasis, one on Dynamical Systems and Control (this vacancy), one on Energy and Flow and one on Materials and Mechanics. The candidate is expected to develop an independent profile while actively seeking collaboration with the other faculty focusing on engineering design aspects and contributing to the building of a multidisciplinary engineering design team.
The candidate’s group will initially be embedded in existing groups in the Department, in particular the groups within the sections of Dynamics and Control and/or Control Systems Technology. The department fosters a personnel strategy stimulating personal growth towards faculty forming independent groups within larger coherent sections. Furthermore the candidate’s group will be active in the High-Tech Systems Institute within the University and in the research schools of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC) and Engineering Mechanics (EM).
The design of dynamical systems is a cornerstone discipline within Mechanical Engineering and industry needs engineers with excellent design skills, combining both analytical and creative skill sets. Shaping the design process for the engineering systems of the future poses many challenges related to system complexity. Namely, the complexity of such engineering systems is induced by 1) the required level of (multi-)functionality and safety, 2) their (inter)-connectivity, to other engineering systems and humans, and 3) the requirements on agility (responsiveness, autonomy). Research to support such complex engineering design demands a cross-disciplinary attitude of researchers and a multi-disciplinary research approach, relying on expertise not only from disciplines within Mechanical Engineering (dynamics, material science, thermo- and fluid-dynamics, acoustics, etc.), but also from Physics, Electrical and Chemical Engineering. In fact, when envisioning a model-based design approach, which e.g. has proven merit to state-of-practice high-tech systems design, we need models that
and matching numerical simulation and dynamic analysis tools that support design decisions and design optimization. These multi-physics modelling and dynamic analysis tools can then 1) be employed as a platform in which inter-disciplinary design tradeoffs can be made explicit and on which early design decisions can be based and 2) serve as collaborative platforms for multi-disciplinary engineering design teams. The ultimate goal is to exploit these tools for the development of novel design concepts for the future’s engineering systems and processes, providing solutions to societal challenges on energy, health, food, etc.
This research theme provides ample opportunity for fundamental, interdisciplinary research and valorization in a wide range of applications, many of which are strongly rooted in the Dutch high-tech & manufacturing industry, and the agriculture and transportation sectors.
Core disciplines that are envisioned to be needed are:
As assistant professor Multi-physics Dynamical System Design you will:
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