Assistant Professor of Nanomechanical Sensors & Actuators

Department/faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: Tenure track
Salary: €3475 to €5405 per month gross

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) focuses on developing knowledge and methods for small, innovative, high-precision devices and systems, such as precision equipment and scientific instrumentation for the high-tech industry. Increasing miniaturisation and function density, and improving precision, speed and reliability are the key topics in our work. Our approach is multidisciplinary, fundamental and inspired by industry needs.

The Dynamics of Micro and Nanosystems (DMN) section within the PME Department focuses on the study of dynamic effects in MEMS and NEMS. Nanoscale fabrication methods and nanomaterials like graphene are used to reduce size, increase frequency and generate completely new functionalities. A strong link is maintained to the high-tech industry in the Netherlands and abroad, which guarantees ample possibilities for valorisation of the research achievements.

Job description

The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering of the Delft University of Technology is looking for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Nanomechanical Sensors and Actuators. Depending on your experience, this position can be filled at a junior or senior level with possible growth to higher levels in the academic system (tenure track).

The vacant position is in the group Dynamics of Micro and Nanosystems, which is positioned at the forefront of the fields of Micro and Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS). In recent decades, MEMS has developed into a broad research field that is nurtured by fabrication technologies stemming from microelectronics. This has led to many applications, prominent examples being the different sensing elements used in portable devices like smart phones.

The position is aimed at taking the next step in miniaturisation, from MEMS to NEMS, by developing novel nanoscale fabrication methods and nanomaterials like graphene. Thus, the candidate will start a research line that is aimed both at scaling down current MEMS systems and creating novel functionalities based on nanodynamical systems.

As an Assistant/Associate Professor you will have the opportunity to:
• Develop a research line in the field of nanomechanical sensors and actuators.
• Conduct and supervise research projects in this field.
• Work on scientific and engineering challenges in close contact with both academic and industrial partners.
• Research innovative nanoscale device concepts for improved fundamental scientific understanding and for novel applications that improve our world.
• Teach general and specialist courses at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and inspire students through teaching as well as post-graduate supervision.
• Participate in acquisition of external research funding.
• Closely collaborate with our team and be an inspiring member of our staff.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• A PhD degree in mechanical engineering, physics or MEMS electrical engineering.
• Post-doctoral or industrial experience in a relevant field is an advantage.
• Proven experience in MEMS/NEMS devices, their design, simulation, fabrication, actuation and/or characterisation.
• Experience in the fields of mechanics, electronics, optics, thermodynamics and/or CMOS technology.
• Skills in nanofabrication/characterization methods for 2D and nanomaterials are an advantage.
• Ability to start an (externally funded) research programme, based on your own vision.
• Ability to deal with scientific and engineering challenges in close contact with both academic and industrial partners.
• A strong track record demonstrating scientific publications and/or industrial innovations is an advantage.
• Ability to provide inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels (in English).
• Proven ability to build and maintain an international network of relevant contacts or experience in acquisition of external funding is an advantage.
• Proactive team player mentality and good communication skills.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position.
The 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.
The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The 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 Prof. P.G. Steeneken, phone: +31 (0)15-2789545, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and publication list along with a letter of application by 15 September 2017 to Celia Moualed,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-31.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
PhD degree
Working hours
Tenure track
€3475 to €5405 per month gross

Closing date
Sept. 15, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact P.G. Steeneken, Professor.

T +31 (0)15-2789545

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Celia Moualed/HR.