Assistant Professor of Polymer/Composite Materials

Department/faculty: Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly
Contract: Tenure
Salary: 3545 - 5513 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The department of Materials Science and Engineering of the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, aims to provide internationally recognised, high quality research of benefit to industry and society, addressing lifecycle, structure, properties and functionality from a physicochemical perspective. We also aim to furnish a top-level education in materials science and engineering. Focus areas within the department include metals processing, microstructure and property characterisation and prediction, surfaces and interface engineering, degradation, joining and mechanical behaviour. The department operates on a principal investigator model.

The position is offered in the field of mechanical behaviour of materials, which has input from a number of staff members with interests ranging from the microstructural length scale to the macro scale. An important focus within the department is related to the influence of structure on mechanical properties and subsequent failure mechanisms. The research is of a physical nature, aiming at the understanding of materials behaviour in industrial processes and applications.     

Job description

We are seeking an ambitious and inspiring colleague contributing towards the design and analysis of polymeric materials and/or polymer matrix composites. The candidate should have a strong experimental background with focus on the materials science aspects. He/she should be able to perform fundamental research with foreseeable practical relevance, and to complement the expertise in polymer science and composite mechanics present within and outside the Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering faculty. Examples of areas of interest in polymers and/or polymer composites: i) testing and characterization under extreme/multi-physics conditions; ii) joining and advanced manufacturing; iii) recycling and contributions to the circular economy; iv) nonconventional polymeric materials (mixed polymers, fibre hybridization etc.); and v) other innovative contributions toward practical characterisation of these materials.     


Candidates should hold a PhD degree and should have a proven track record of high quality publications as well as a strong motivation for education. A high degree of creativity is expected in the exploration of new research fields, together with a strong drive to attract funding and a good eye for combining scientific excellence with industrial relevance. The successful candidate will play an active role in the education programmes of the Maritime (Offshore and Dredging) and Materials departments, with contributions to both Bachelor and Master programmes. An active role in departmental management tasks is also expected.      

Conditions of employment

At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.

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.
TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. 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.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact professor Ian M. Richardson, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, phone: +31 (0)152785086, e-mail: To apply, please email a detailed and up-to-date CV, along with a letter of application, a list of referees, a list of publications and a vision document detailing research, teaching and valorisation (max. 6 pages) by September 30, 2018 to Hilma Bleeker, HR advisor, e-mail: All required documents should be combined to a single pdf file. 
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE18-51.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Working hours
38-40 hours weekly
3545 - 5513 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Sept. 30, 2018
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact professor Ian M.

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