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Professor / Scientific Director (f/m) Design Engineering
Published(1138 days ago)
Deadline for applications(1091 days ago)
University of TwenteEnschede (Niederlande)
Appointment of Chair in Design Engineering & Scientific Director, Fraunhofer Project Center
The University of Twente, founded in 1961, is a leading young, entrepreneurial university, setting
standards in new technologies and seeking to stimulate change, renewal and progress in society.
Ranked among the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide, the University prides itself on the
capacity to work closely both with the technologies of the future in engineering and technology,
and with behavioural and social science research to produce innovative and cutting-edge solutions.
In realizing the University’s ambition to connect ’hi-tech’ to ’human touch’,
design plays an essential role in making technology available in a useful, efficient and meaningful way to
individuals, organizations and society at large. In hosting technology-based faculties and a behavioural
sciences faculty, the University of Twente harbours the ideal, multidisciplinary environment for connecting
people and technology. The University of Twente and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology have
developed a joint research and development (R&D) unit in the form of a "Fraunhofer Project Centre". The
Centre is aimed at intensifying their scientific cooperation in the field of Design and Production Engineering
for Complex High Tech Systems with industrial partners, and to pursue the objective of establishing a long-term
strategic collaboration in applied research between their respective research units as Centres of Excellence.
The Department of Design, Production and Management at the Faculty of Engineering Technology embodies the
University’s multidisciplinary focus, its entrepreneurial character and also honours the potential of
new technologies and smart designs for both industrial applications and for enriching people’s everyday
experiences. The Department now seeks to appoint a new Chair of Design Engineering. Working in close cooperation
with the other chairs in the Department, the successful appointee will act as one of the core pillars of the
industrial design and mechanical engineering programs at the University of Twente. S/he will have a track record
in mechanical engineering with a close affinity to design practice and will be a world-leader in design
engineering research, ideally in the field of smart manufacturing. The Twente Smart manufacturing research
involves the holistic consideration of products, production and product lifecycles, based on sophisticated and
ground-breaking modelling methods, and information driven technologies for production environments. Additionally,
the Chair will act as the Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente.
As such, the appointee will be responsible for the scientific quality of the research executed at the Project
Center. Together with the Managing Director, appointed by Fraunhofer, the Chair will form the daily management
team of the Fraunhofer Project Center, and will therefore be expect to attend and conduct business with German-language
An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. Applications
should consist of a covering letter explaining motivation and qualifications for the position and a full curriculum
vitae, including a list of publications. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions about
the post on +31 (0)20 240 4376 or Jack.Bircher@perrettlaver.com. More information about this position
can be found at:
https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/professor-in-design-engineering-and-scientific-director-fraunhofer-project-center-twente/Applications can be uploaded atwww.perrettlaver.com/candidates,
quoting reference number 2769. The deadline for
applications is 9am CET on December 12, 2016.
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