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This exciting new bachelor programme in Circular Engineering will start September 2021 and trains students as circular engineers who are able to provide technical solutions in the transition to a circular economy. It bridges different engineering domains in an interdisciplinary manner, integrating sustainability throughout the curriculum. The programme provides students with a broad basis, a rigid engineering foundation and in-depth knowledge and skills in one of three concentrations in Circular Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Biotechnology, or Engineering Physics. In line with the educational philosophy of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the programme offers small scale teaching, a partially open curriculum and intensive guidance of students.
To further strengthen the educational profile and to lead the start of the bachelor programme, we are looking for a founding Director of Studies. We are searching for a talented and motivated candidate who has a strong educational track record in a relevant field of Circular Engineering, including prior experience in educational management, accreditation and programme development, preferably in an international setting. The candidate needs to have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, since this is an important focus area of this position. In addition to educational management, the candidate will be responsible for developing and teaching courses, skills and projects. The candidate will also have the opportunity to supervise thesis students in their research and design endeavours. The expectation is that the candidate will devote up to half time of the appointment to educational management. The remainder of the time will focus on research and educational activities, depending on the qualifications and interests of the candidate. Candidates with a multidisciplinary interest and willingness to cross boundaries between disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The programmes at the Faculty of Science and Engineering are characterized by small-scale student-centred education. The director of studies is expected to become an active part of our community, advising students, mentoring staff, organizing activities, building a scientific network for our students and staff to explore and establishing contacts with other faculties within Maastricht, the Netherlands and across the world. The position will report directly to the Faculty Board and will become part of the educational management team of the faculty.
Formal education and a PhD in a relevant academic engineering field;
Fixed-term contract: 2 years.
We intend to offer a permanent contract to senior candidates. However, for junior candidates we will first offer a temporary contract of 2 years. In that case depending on the development of the performance, an extension of the employment contract is possible.
Located in the heart of Europe, UM is the most international university in the Netherlands with half of our students and one third of academic staff coming from abroad. In total, UM has around 20.000 students and 4,700 employees and represents 100 different nationalities. Maastricht University is a stimulating environment where research and teaching are complementary, where innovation is our focus and where talent can flourish. Research is characterised by a multidisciplinary, thematic, and collaborative approach, and with education, forms the core of UM.
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Faculty of Science and Engineering
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments and institutions covering education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the liberal arts and sciences.
Maastricht University is an international organization, embracing a diverse student and staff population. We strongly believe that diversity is our advantage and creating an inclusive working climate in which students and staff feel a valued member of the UM community is therefore a top strategic priority. UM values diversity within its community and encourages you to apply.
Since September 2011, Maastricht University has developed bachelor and master education in engineering and in the natural sciences. Currently, the total enrolment of the Faculty of Science and Engineering is about 2500 students from over 50 countries. It is the ambition of Maastricht University to further strengthen these programmes. In addition, new science and engineering programmes are currently being developed. With the growth of the faculty, the director may also become involved in the development of new programmes as well as facilitating synergy between programmes.
The programme in Circular Engineering is closely linked to established and new research institutes and there are strong interactions with industry. The programme is partially offered at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus near Geleen, surrounded by industry, the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, in close proximity to important agrifood players, and the Brightlands Health Campus in Maastricht, which also houses the Maastricht UMC+ hospital and med-tech companies. The director of studies ensures that good working relationships with academic and industrial partners on the different campuses are
established and maintained.
Maastricht University (UM)
Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 1, 6229 EN, Maastricht
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