Assistant/Associate Professor in Artificial Intelligence Applied to Materials Science

Assistant/Associate Professor in Artificial Intelligence Applied to Materials Science

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Assistant or Associate professor in artificial intelligence with a connection to physical modelling relevant to the atomistic or the molecular up to the microstructural scale.

Job description

The Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering has the ambition to strengthen its position in AI education, as an understanding of the principles and applications of modern data science and AI is essential for new generations of systems and control, mechanical, maritime, and materials engineers. It is anticipated that all bachelor and master programmes will incorporate an AI-component in the near future.

We are looking for a colleague with a strong artificial intelligence (AI) focus within the scope of materials science and engineering.  Already, significant AI activities exist within the department and within the faculty, mostly with a strong emphasis on the meso- and macro-length-scales.  Therefore, we specifically seek candidates that are complementary to current AI work.  This could e.g. be a focus on AI with the atomistic or the molecular up to the microstructural scale and a connection to physical modelling.  While traditionally the Department has a strong focus on metallic materials, we are actively expanding our vision and encourage research and teaching on other materials.

Educational activities cover the areas of physics and chemistry of materials, computational modelling, and the relationships between structure, bonding and physical properties. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the educational efforts within this wide area. Teaching activities are required at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For both research and teaching a strong commitment to excellence is expected. 

Currently, it is possible to apply for a start-up package involving up to 6 fully funded PhD positions.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field;
  • Strong academic record, including post-doctoral experience;
  • Specialisation of AI within materials science at the atomistic or molecular up to and including the microscale;
  • Teaching experience for bachelor & master level of courses in Materials Science modelling;
  • Experience with supervision of master and Ph.D. students;
  • Experience with external funding acquisition (national, European, and industry);
  • Leadership experience within the research field in collaboration with external partners;
  • Proven excellent communication skills, willingness and ability to collaborate;
  • Control of the Dutch language or the ambition to attain this within a reasonable term. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 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.

The salary for a Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) position is min. €3.974 to max. €6.181 per month gross.

For exceptionally strong and experienced candidates, an 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. € 5.506 to max. €7.362 per month gross.

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.


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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

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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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03191


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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