Assistant Professor High-performance Polymer Matrices

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Challenge: Exploiting the potential of high-performance composites in lightweight applications.

Change: Novel architected polymer matrices.

Impact: Contributing to sustainable aviation.

Job description

The aerospace industry is in a continuous quest for more efficient lightweight structural materials with added functionalities. Tailored polymer matrices are essential to control the processing, and final characteristics of fibre reinforced polymers. A thorough understanding of the structure-property relationship of polymers is critical to explore novel manufacturing concepts for multifunctional fibre reinforced polymers. The candidate will explore novel combinations of polymers through formulation to achieve unprecedented functional control, such as reaction kinetics, dynamic phase behaviour, morphology, self-assembly, orientation, processability, wetting, experimental soft matter and fracture toughness to serve as matrix systems for novel manufacturing concepts for high performance fibre reinforced polymer composites. Next to the experimental approach, the numerical prediction of phase behaviour and blend morphologies through multi-scale analyses, including molecular dynamics, is of interest. All polymer concepts supporting the bio-based circular economy, sustainability and recycling approaches for composites are to be considered. Being associated with the aerospace manufacturing technologies group, you will closely cooperate with colleagues across the faculty. Next to the research activity, which includes co-supervision of PhD students, you will also contribute to teaching aerospace engineering students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


You are an enthusiastic personality with excellent qualifications and an academic or industrial background in related fields. You have a passion for scientific detail and an affinity for experimental work, which reflects in an excellent scientific track record. You are very well networked in academia and industry as well. You take the time to think ahead, concentrate on fundamentals and identify future opportunities and possibilities for the department. You are well-informed about the current issues relevant to this position. You enjoy teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, and you have demonstrated to successfully coach PhD students. Experience with the acquisition of funding for (collaborative) research projects in both fundamental and applied technology is a prerequisite. You put forward your proposals with enthusiasm and arguments. Proven people- and result management, communication and people skills, and a good command of English complement our profile. We expect the candidate to be a strong team player and competent in effectively cooperating within the aerospace manufacturing technologies group, the faculty and TU Delft.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Faculty Aerospace Engineering

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 250 PhD candidates and over 2,700 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond.

The Department of Aerospace Structures and Materials is dedicated to the research and development of lightweight structures and their new materials. Multiple groups cover the range from full-scale structural component testing to fundamental materials science. The Aerospace Manufacturing Technology (AMT) group focuses on product and process innovation with advanced polymer composites within this department. Its interdisciplinary research between materials science, engineering and manufacturing operates at the interface of industrial technologies and curiosity-driven research. For more information, see

For additional information about this vacancy, contact professor Clemens Dransfeld, Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies, .

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 21 June 2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.
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