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Assistant Professor for Elastomer Technology and Engineering (ETE)

Job description

The chair of Elastomer Technology and Engineering (ETE) is part of the Faculty of Engineering Technology, embedded in the Department of Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces and Systems (MS3). The group is searching for an assistant professor with background in Mechanical Engineering and expertise in elastomers and elastomeric composites.    

The current research within ETE is concentrated on material development of elastomeric compounds. The areas of expertise are filler technology with emphasis on silica filler systems, vulcanization and devulcanization techniques, and fiber reinforcement. Besides, ETE is working closely together with the chair of Production Technology (PT) on thermoplastic composites. Project foci of ETE in the field of fiber reinforcement are mechanics of fibrous and cord reinforcements, adhesion processes as well as mechanics of reinforced elastomers.

ETE is part of the MS3 department, which addresses the scientific and engineering aspects of the strongly related “triangle” of (i) material (behavior), (ii) production and (iii) products, where ultimately the performance of all aspects is of crucial importance. ETE together with PT evaluate theoretical material models developed by other chairs within MS3 in actual practice. This includes plastic and elastomeric composites for applications in aeronautical and automotive applications as well as in robotics, artificial human body parts, tribology and others, covering the main applications areas within MS3.      

Research: One of the research areas within MS3, and in particular within ETE, is fiber reinforcement; so far handled by Emeritus Professor J. Noordermeer. This topic shall be continued by the UD. Therefore, we are looking for an enthusiastic independent researcher who can identify relevant research questions in this context, plan and execute theoretical as well as experimental research and publish the findings in renowned journals. The assistant professor will acquire external funding (European, national, or corporate/institutional) for junior researchers (PDEng, PhD and Postdoc positions), for whom he/she will provide daily supervision. Furthermore, he/she should have a record of publishing papers in international refereed journals and coach junior researchers to do likewise.

The new staff member should have a background in Mechanical Engineering. He/she should be familiar with rubber/cord and/or rubber/fibre interactions, testing of material properties, process technology as well as structural analysis by means of Finite Element techniques. Practical experience in rubber processing is a necessity, and an industrial background is preferred.

Teaching: The Assistant Professor will be responsible for a part of the education done within the group; this comprises lecturing in the Bachelor and Master phases as well as supervising BSc- and MSc-students. The classes ETE is responsible for are focused on elastomers as well as thermoplastics. He/she has to take over an existing course and give guest classes within other courses. Besides, the he/she has to organize and supervise the practical work of students within the Bachelor and Master phase. The university provides a training on teaching, which has to be followed within the first two years of the appointment (University Teaching Qualification, UTQ).

Your profile

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline with strong affinity to experimental research.
  • Experience or strong affinity with experimental research and development in elastomers.
  • Network or work experience in industry.
  • Very good publication record.
  • Ability to attract external research funding.
  • Good teaching skills.
  • Good coaching skills (BSc, MSc, PDEng and PhD students).
  • Team player, also in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Independent, creative researcher and organizer.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (English).
  • International experience and contacts.

Information and application
For more information about the chair, please visit For more information about the department, please visit

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Wilma Dierkes, Associate Professor in the Elastomer Technology & Engineering group, phone: (+31) ( 0)53-4894721, email

Please send your application by using the application link below before 30 April 2016.

Your application should include a letter of motivation, a detailed curriculum vitae, a list of publications and three references.

Our offer

We offer a challenging full-time position in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. The successful candidate will be initially employed for a period of 2 years, which will be extended and become tenured after a positive evaluation. The salary scale, depending on your experience and qualifications, extends to a max. of € 4.654,- gross per month, based upon the job profile of Assistant Professor, level 2 (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 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 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 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 (CTW) is one of the six faculties of the University of Twente. CTW 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.

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