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Assistant Professor

The University of Twente is the entrepreneurial university of the Netherlands focused on developing sustainable high tech solutions with a human touch for the major challenges of modern societies. A detailed description of the vision and strategy of the university can be found here . The University of Twente is 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.

Job description

Within the faculty of Science and Technology (S&T), the department of Soft Matter is searching for an enthusiastic Assistant Professor in the field of “Active Matter”.

The challenge
Current research of the department covers a wide range of soft materials and interface science, focusing largely on equilibrium properties and their control by a suitable design of the materials’ constituents as well as external fields. To expand this spectrum of topics, we are looking for a tenure track candidate for experimental research on active matter. The goal is to establish an independent research line focused on the physical principles governing collective motion, dynamic self-assembly or pattern formation in open non-equilibrium systems driven by a continuous flux of energy. The research should be oriented towards molecular or micro/nano-scale systems. Possible topics include functional colloids driven by (electro)chemical stimuli or external fields, active gels, interacting ‘nanobots’, micro-scale biological systems, and active liquid crystals.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the educational program in Soft Matter science within the Applied Physics program as well as other materials-oriented educational programs of the faculty of Science and Technology.

As an Assistant Professor in this position:

  • You will develop your own research line in the area of active matter and represent this topic within the university and outside.
  • You will provide and eventually develop courses within the Bachelor and Master programs of Applied Physics and/or other programs of the faculty of Science and Technology (a reduced teaching load applies within the first years). You will acquire the University Teaching Qualification.
  • You will establish collaborations with partners and colleagues within the Soft Matter Cluster, within the university, within the Dutch scientific community, and on a global level. You will manage these collaborations responsibly and independently.
  • You will operate in an international environment with English as official language. Mastering the Dutch language is not a prerequisite, but naturally a long term goal.

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD in a field that is closely related to the physics of Soft Materials;
  • You have an strong track record in physics and/or physical chemistry of soft condensed matter as shown by publications in high rank journals;
  • convincing strategy to attract research funding;
  • You are a team player;
  • Good teaching skills;
  • Good coaching skills (BSc, MSc and PhD students);
  • Good communication skills (in English and preferably also in Dutch).

Information and application
For further questions you are welcome to contact:

Prof.dr. Frieder Mugele tel +31534893094, e- mail:
Prof.dr Serge Lemay, tel: +31534892306., e-mail:
Prof.dr. Mireille Claessens, tel +31534893158, e- mail:

Please send your application via the link:!/194513/assistantassociate-professor-in-the-field-of-active-matter and include:

  • your curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications
  • your research and teaching statement

The deadline is set to 21 October 2019.

Our offer

We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment with an attractive campus. The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • You will be appointed full time in a temporary position with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation.
  • The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO). Details will be provided upon request.
  • A salary ranging from scale 11 to 12 max based on the CBA Dutch Universities up to € 5656,- based on your profile and experience.

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.

Within the TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology) of the University of Twente some 700 staff members and 2000 students are involved in training and research on the interface of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. Research, which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+ and MIRA. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders.