Assistant/Associate/full Professor Soft Matter Research with Neutrons

Assistant/Associate/full Professor Soft Matter Research with Neutrons

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16 Mar 31 May Delft

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Challenge: Creating new research lines on soft materials.
Change: Harnessing neutron scattering to better understand soft materials.
Impact: Driving new developments for Dutch science and industry.

Job description

Pharma, polymers, food and chemistry heavily rely on soft condensed matter for innovations. At TU Delft we apply the latest technology to better understand these materials, with research topics ranging from health to energy. As a Professor in the Radiation Science and Technology (RST) Department you will use the cutting-edge instrumentation of the TU Delft Reactor Institute to develop research into soft matter. Join us as an Assistent, Associate or Full Professor, depending on your seniority level and experience.

You will develop your vision and unique research lines geared to the topics within RST’s scope. To explore our instruments’ full potential, you’ll work closely with our technicians. And as your research encompasses physics, chemistry or biology, you’ll also collaborate with other departments at TU Delft and other universities. Building your network and attracting funding, you will write research proposals in which instruments like small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), neutron reflectometry and spin-echo SANS are used to their full extent.

In addition, you will be building your team of PhD candidates and postdocs, whom you will supervise to completion. You will also teach Bachelor and Master students, assist with and supervise their measurements and calculations, and support them with their thesis projects. Our driven team of seven Full Professors, five Affiliate Professors, nineteen Associate/Assistant professors, fifteen postdocs and some fifty PhD candidates will be your home base. You will find a friendly, collaborative and supportive environment, in which we welcome your ideas and help you evolve and grow your academic career.     


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You thrive on taking the lead in interdisciplinary research into soft matter. Leveraging your social and communications skills, you build relevant networks and convince stakeholders of your research proposals. You also know how to apply for grants and attract funding. As you will be contributing to world-class education, you enjoy teaching and interacting with our international students. Depending on your level of seniority, you yourself will develop the skills you need as part of your personal development programme, and/or are keen to coach others in their development. You also have:

  • A PhD in (Applied) Physics or Chemistry.
  • A track record in soft matter research using neutron scattering techniques, reflected by publications in relevant scientific journals.
  • A keen interest in other disciplines that are crucial to your interdisciplinary research.
  • Demonstrable teaching competencies, or the willingness and ability to learn the skills you need.

* A good command of spoken and written English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community. And a good command of Dutch, or the willingness to learn the language, as TU Delft is a bilingual organisation.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 jaar.

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.


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 Applied Sciences

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03261


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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