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Assistant/Associate professor (Tenure
Track) on Control in Mechanical Engineering


Location Enschede
Function types Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
Scientific fields Natural Sciences, Engineering
Hours 40.0 hours per week
Salary € 3068 - € 6349
Education Doctorate
Job number 883885
About employer University of Twente (UT)

Job description

The position is in the department Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces & Systems (MS3) of the Faculty of Engineering Technology. The faculty envisions to be a global centre for science based mechanical engineering. Research in this faculty aims to initiate, design and develop technical solutions for societal problems of today and tomorrow. More specifically, the mission of the department MS3 is Manufacturing the Future, i.e. to develop the technology for future manufacturing processes and new products. Such technology involves "Intelligent Mechatronic Systems" in which an optimal mechanical subsystem with integrated actuators and sensors is operated by an advanced control system and needs safe interfaces with humans. Application areas are e.g. high-tech equipment, such as nano-accurate positioning for microsystems and semiconductor equipment, scientific instrumentation, factories of the future, and a variety of consumer products.


Intelligent Mechatronic Systems is an area with high innovative potential, driven by major industrial activities in several sectors, where a strong position in the world market is supported by an excellent knowledge base within the universities. Technology development in mechatronics (in a very broad sense) and embedded systems in the Netherlands has an outstanding international reputation. Most notably, the strength of this field in the Netherlands is its inherent multidisciplinarity, both in academic research as well as in industry. Furthermore, in this field, industrial and university partners are already organized into several private-public cooperative initiatives.

One of the MS3 research programs contributes to the MS3 mission by promoting the development of advanced (micro) fabrication technologies with mechatronic systems. This involves current and future challenges e.g. needed for high performance equipment, the implementation of versatile manufacturing systems and the operation in close cooperation with humans.

The research is concerned with the design and analysis of methods and equipment for such controlled fabrication/production systems, using innovative design, actuating, sensing and control principles. The candidate will be involved in the design, implementation and validation of (model based) controllers for such systems. These activities are backed up with modelling and system identification. For the experimental tests excellent lab facilities must be maintained.

The researchers within the research program cooperates actively with the other researchers within MS3, within the faculty (e.g. Biomechanical Engineering & Biorobotics) and the university (e.g. Robotics and Mechatronics, EWI).

The candidate is expected to be a team player who can cooperate proactively with these colleagues. He/she should have affinity for cooperation with the Dutch and European high-tech industry and with government agencies that are involved in high-tech systems.

Teaching and education

"Control Engineering and Dynamical Systems" is identified as one of the five topics essential for the educational Mechanical Engineering programs. The candidate contributes to the BSc and MSc courses and projects related to mechanical engineering and mechatronics. Moreover, the candidate supervises BSc, MSc, PDEng and PhD students and will also participate in the PhD courses under the responsibility of the national graduate schools, i.e. the Dutch Institute for Systems and Control (DISC) and Engineering Mechanics (EM).


The candidate is expected to contribute to the organization of the faculty and department in particular and to acquire projects.


The candidate is an outstanding scientist in the sketched research field and should have a PhD title and a background in Mechanical Engineering with a solid basis in dynamics and control. He/she is experienced in teaching and wants to raise research funds from national and European programmes as well as from industry.

The position is offered as a tenure track position, which implies that an individual performance agreement will be formulated which defines career development towards (adjunct) professor upon successful achievement of the defined targets.

Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

Information and application

For additional information regarding this position, you can contact prof.dr.ir. A. de Boer: phone +31 (0)53-489 3621, or email: a.deboer@utwente.nl.

You can submit your application, including a recent CV and motivation letter, before February 19th, 2017, using the link below.

Conditions of employment

We offer a fulltime position for a maximum period of seven years with the intention to grant tenure after a positive final evaluation. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities the gross monthly salary for an Assistant Professor will range from € 3.068,- to € 5.330,- and is up to a maximum of € 6.349,- for an Associate Professor, depending on experience and qualifications. In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions (for example 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus), excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE and IGS.


Closing date: 19.02.2017
Closing date: 19 February 2017 Erschienen auf academics.de am 26.01.2017
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