Assistant/Associate Professor of Interconnected Systems for Smart Industry

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Job description

Section Transport Engineering & Logistics (TEL), Dept. of Maritime & Transport Technology, invites applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professorship that will strengthen its competences in the area of interconnected systems and Smart Industry.

Global challenges on resource availability, pollution, and energy usage force industry to rethink current processes and practices. With new technological trends in the areas of autonomization, connectedness, AI, and energy tech there is a strong need for proposing and investigating new methodologies and insights to design the next generation of industrial systems and processes, which are characterized by their large-scale interconnected systems’ nature.

Do you have a fascination for Industry 4.0/5.0 concepts and logistics-enhancing methods in rapidly developing environments with high levels of digitization, modularization, and robotics? Or do cyber-physical (production/transport) systems and the underlying technology inspire you? And do you pursue a large-scale, multi-machine, systems-of-systems perspective in your research?

Embedded in the department of Maritime & Transport Technology, you advance the state-of-the-art with your research line inspired in particular by industrial challenges in the ports & maritime area. You bring in your own methodological perspective as fundamental basis of your research and pursue these ideas towards both qualitative and quantitative assessment of smart industry systems. These ideas include concepts spanning smart equipment to network (supply chain) level, and involve proposing new systems-of-systems design concepts. You position your perspective in relation to the other areas of expertise from section to TU Delft level to create added value from cooperation.

As assistant/associate professor, you will be entrusted responsibilities for initiating and carrying out high-level research projects and publishing research in leading journals. Cooperation within the academic community, the private sector, government and/or EU or Dutch national projects are part of your job. Bringing in practical experience within the transport or maritime industry is highly valued.

As part of your assistant/associate professorship, you contribute to relevant MSc education, such as the MSc track Multi-Machine Engineering (hosted by Section TEL), which educates the fundamentals of large-scale system design and operation, and their applications in the complex logistics and production area. This track adopts an interdisciplinary perspective, in which (1) mechanical systems expertise, (2) operations & maintenance, and (3) multi-machine system interactions are brought together for increasing efficiency, safety, and sustainability. You have the opportunity to develop courses and supervise Master students in their final year, reflecting the developments of your research, involving both online and practical teaching competences. In addition, you will supervise PhD candidates in their development towards independent, self-reflective researchers.      


Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • A PhD and strong track record in the domain of interconnected systems or Industry 4.0/5.0, (and/or fields such as mechanical/maritime/industrial engineering, production engineering, operations management, computer science / AI);
  • Demonstrate the potential to initiate, acquire, execute, and coordinate research projects, including development of a vision on a new research line that fits in the Section TEL and M&TT department;
  • Have a clear vision on modern engineering education, and being able to inspire students and develop their passion for and knowledge of industrial engineering the ports & maritime domain;
  • Experience with and ability to work in teams in an academic, interdisciplinary environment with engineers as well as people in other disciplines;
  • Be proficient in English, and, for foreign candidates, the willingness to learn the Dutch language;
  • Have experience with the academic environment and awareness for the inclusiveness values of TU Delft.
Conditions of employment

A tenure track position is offered for a maximum of six years. Tenure Track is a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate Professor. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. To support that, we offer a structured career and personal development programme, which accounts for individual needs and preferences. For more information about the tenure track and the personal development programme, please visit

Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made at the end of the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position.

The salary for a Tenure Track (Assistant Professor) position is min. €3.807 to max. €5.922 per month gross.

For exceptionally strong candidates, a shortened tenure track period or Associate Professor position can be considered.

For an Associate Professor position different terms of employment apply. Depending on background and experience, the salary can range from min. € 5.275 to max. €7.054 per month gross.

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.

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.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.

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.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, contact Prof.dr. R.R. Negenborn, e-mail:
For information about the application procedure, contact Ms Nathalie van Benthem, HR-advisor,

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by 15 December 2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and detailed CV, a personal research and teaching statement and names and contact of three references.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

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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