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Assistant Professor Computational Multiscale Mechanics

Job description

Within the faculty of Engineering Technology, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Assistant Professor.

The challenge
Particulate materials – grains and powders – are omnipresent in nature and widely used in various industries such as food, pharmaceutical, particle handling, construction and geotechnical. Different states of granular matter, solid, fluid or gas, and the transitions between them (yielding and flowing) still pose fascinating scientific challenges. Additionally, a deep understanding of granular phenomena is required to empower the mitigation of natural hazards. There is an urgent need for novel theoretical and computational tools to bridge the gap between particle and continuum scales. And that is where we need you!

  • You have an interest in computational multiscale mechanics.
  • You will develop novel advanced open-source computational tools and apply them to applications originating from both Thermal and Fluid Engineering (TFE) and Construction Management and Engineering (CME).
  • Topics of interest include, but are not limited to machine learning, multiscale, multiphase and/or mixture modelling, incorporating heat and chemistry at the contact scale, methods to link different modelling scales, coupling of continuum and particles solvers. You have a proven expertise in one or more of these fields.
  • You will sit in the department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering and strengthen the current research activities of the department. The new team position is set up in close collaboration with the new chair of Soil Micromechanics in CME.
  • Teaching and supervising researchers and students will be part of your job.
  • You will actively contribute to the education portfolio of the Mechanical Engineering curriculum at BSc and MSc levels.

The department has a strong track record on undertaking cross-disciplinary research. In addition, it contains considerable expertise in developing and applying computational tools including MercuryDPM (particle solver), oomph-lib (finite element solver) and SU-2 (DG finite element solver), as well as many other third party and specialised in-house codes.

Your profile

As an ideal candidate:

  • You have obtained a PhD degree in a relevant field such as applied- or geo-physics, civil or mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or related areas, with a deep knowledge of fluid and/or solid mechanics.
  • You will perform excellent scientific research in a multidisciplinary team.
  • You have experience in (open-source) software development projects.
  • You enjoy exploring and developing new paths, specifically you have an interest toward computational tools and engineering applications.
  • You are willing to develop modern education, including interdisciplinary teaching.
  • You want to write, initiate, and execute research projects
  • You can develop research collaborations with both academic and industrial partners.
  • You are devoted to working in a multidisciplinary team in which fundamental and applied research cross-fertilise.

Furthermore, an appropriate qualification in the English Language together with excellent communication and organisational skills are required.


For questions you are welcome to contact Prof. A.R. Thornton, or Prof S. Luding, 

Please upload your application, via the ‘Apply now’ button.
Your application should consist of:

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position;
  • Personal research and teaching statements (maximum 1 page A4);
  • A full Curriculum Vitae including your publications, awards, and working experience. The CV should reflect the scope of your work and your academic performance;
  • Contact details of three persons who can provide references.
The application deadline is April 30th, 2020. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed

Our offer

You will be appointed for two years, with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

We offer you:

  • An international work environment, with colleagues from many countries all over the world.
  • Excellent research facilities.
  • A gross salary between € 3.637,00 - € 5.656,00 per month, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • A minimum of 29 holidays in case of fulltime employment.
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave.
  • Professional and personal development programs.

The organization

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

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

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: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

Assistant Professor Computational Multiscale Mechanics
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