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Assistant Professor (1 fte) Multi-physics Dynamical System Design (V35.3729)

Assistant Professor (1 fte) Multi-physics Dynamical System Design

The Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering has a vacancy for an Assistant Professor (1 fte) Multi-physics Dynamical System Design (V35.3712) in the Control Systems Technology group, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Universitaire docent
Faculteit Werktuigbouwkunde


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).

Job Description

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

  • are multiphysics (involving structural dynamics, thermal dynamics, solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, acoustics, sensing and actuation, electronics, etc.),
  • are multiscale (both in space and time),
  • have predictive capacity, while only exhibiting modest model complexity,

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:

  • Modelling and simulation of multi-physics, dynamical systems,
  • (Numerical) analysis of (Partial Differential Equation, PDE) models,
  • Integrated systems and process design,
  • Model complexity reduction,
  • (Boundary) control of PDEs,
  • Design optimization,
  • Knowledge on relevant application domains such as, for example, transport systems, health applications, smart industry, energy, agricultural systems, robotics, etc.


As assistant professor Multi-physics Dynamical System Design you will:

  • Perform scientific research
  • Present results on international conferences and publish results in scientific journals
  • Appear as a project leader in scientific research projects
  • Contribute to the acquisition of research financing
  • Supervise (a part of) the laboratory
  • Contribute to building an interdisciplinary engineering design team
  • Contribute to the educational program of the department


  • PhD degree in mechanical engineering or related field with an established profile in Multiphysics Dynamical System Design.
  • A solid background in at least two of the core disciplines mentioned above.
  • Possession of good communication as well as didactical skills
  • Possession of good management skills in order to initialize new (inter)national research projects, appear as a project leader and appear as supervisor of (a part of) the laboratory 
  • The candidate is expected to play a leading role in research and research based education in collaboration with the existing staff of the Control System Technology and Dynamics and Control groups (TU/e) and the other Engineering Design colleagues at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university.
  • A temporary appointment for the period of 5 years (with the possibility of a permanent position)
  • Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU) and are at least € 3.637, - per month (scale 11) and at most € 4.978, - per month. Salary is based on knowledge and experience
  • Support with your personal development and career planning.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, child care and excellent sport facilities)

Informatie en sollicitatie

More information about this assistant professor position can be obtained from (, +31 40 2472611). For more information regarding recruitment please contact Sytse van Heijst. E: HRServices.Gemini[at]



Please upload your written application with letter of motivation, research and education statement, detailed curriculum vitae including photograph, transcripts of BSc and MSc degrees (with grades), and contact information of two potential referees (recommendation letters are appreciated), through the “apply now” button.