Assistant Professor of Computational Materials Science

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 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) aims to provide internationally recognised, high-quality research of benefit to industry and society, addressing material life cycle, structure, properties and functionality from a physics-based perspective. We provide coherent and innovative research dedicated to the sustainable development, characterisation, and understanding of materials that perform better, last longer, enhance function, and conserve resources. MSE operates on a principal investigator model, enabling researchers to maximise both individual and collective potential.

Current computational activities have a strong emphasis on metallic alloys and focus on how behaviour at the atomic scale leads to behaviour on micro- and macroscopic length and time scales. Educational activities cover the areas of solid-state physics, modelling, and the relationships between structure, bonding and properties. The successful candidate is expected to connect to one or more of the existing activities on ab initio, density functional theory and molecular dynamics-based atomistic modelling, discrete dislocation dynamics, crystal plasticity, phase field and FE modelling.

Job description

The new position will augment activities of the department as a whole and applicants should therefore be familiar with aspects related to modelling metal behaviour. Experience with modelling other material classes is also welcome. Applicants should have an excellent track record in key computational areas including one or more of the following: defects in materials; films, surfaces and interfaces; microstructures and phase transformations; alloy design; multi-phase systems; behaviour under loading; and/or multi-scale computational strategies.
Teaching activities are required at the undergraduate and graduate levels, primarily in the English language; a strong commitment to excellence is expected.
The position is offered with a 6-year contract; successful completion will lead to a permanent appointment.

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 in Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field.
• A strong academic record, including post-doctoral experience.
• Special interest and competence in development of computational materials science at the mesoscale.
• Ability to take project ownership and to develop his/her own field of research.
• Ability to write grant proposals, for both EU and Dutch funding programmes.
• Ability to play a leading role within the research field in collaboration with other universities, research institutes, and industry.
• Good communication skills, willingness and ability to collaborate.

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. Ian Richardson, phone: +31 (0)15-2785086, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, including a full list of publications and a list of references, a vision document (max. 6 pages) detailing research, teaching and valorisation, and a letter of application by 15 September 2017 to Marcel Sluiter,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-40.

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 Ian M. Richardson, Chair, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering.

T +31 (0)15-2785086

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Marcel Sluiter/MSE.