Assistant Professor - Optimization of 3Dprinting of Civil Engineering Structures

Assistant Professor - Optimization of 3Dprinting of Civil Engineering Structures

Published Deadline Location
24 Apr tomorrow Eindhoven
The Department of the Built Environment invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor in the Chair of Structural Design of Concrete Structures within the unit Structural Design. The assistant professorship is a tenure track position, related to 3D printing of concrete.

Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a leading research university specializing in engineering science and technology. Following the strategic goals, the faculty of the Built Environment aims to educating future generations of students, to meet today's societal challenges. The development and implementation of the Industry 4.0 is one of these major challenges in the architecture, engineering and construction industry to improve on construction productivity and sustainability. It is for this reason that the chair of Structural Design of Concrete Structures develops robotic driven digital concrete technologies with a focus on 3D Concrete Printing (3DCP). The research aims to achieve a data driven additive manufacturing process, embedment of reinforcement strategies and design optimization.

Driven by groundbreaking research activities by the TU/e, the first proto-types of bridges, houses and structural components have recently been successfully 3D printed. However, little is still known about the influence of the process parameters and conditions on the structural performance during the process itself and in the subsequent serviceability phase. We look forward to further investigating these topics, in order to advance the knowledge about the optimization of printed structures in terms of its weight distribution and material use, and enable the development of novel, energy-friendly building materials suitable for 3DCP, and the printing of structures with tailor-made (thermal, hygral, electrical) properties.

As an assistant professor, you will contribute to achieving the educational and research objectives of the chair of Structural Design of Concrete Structures and support in research on 3D Concrete Printing. You will participate in the teaching of courses and the supervision of MSc and PhD students, both design and research oriented. Your research focuses on mechanistic numerical shape and topology optimization tools for 3D printing of civil engineering structures in concrete with complex shapes, using as little material as possible and embedding the conditions that come along with the printability. You will collaborate closely with a colleague with a research domain in experimental research on additive manufacturing from a materials perspective.  You will be involved in the writing of research proposals and the acquisition of external funds to strengthen current and new research initiatives in the chair. You will pursue strategic internal and external collaborations and publish your research results in high-quality scientific journals.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


We offer a stimulating and ambitious educational and research environment and are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:
  • You hold an MSc degree in engineering and a PhD degree in the field of structural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering or materials science.
  • You have demonstrated your research skills by means of publications in reputed journals and conference proceedings.
  • You have an affinity with additive manufacturing, numerical modelling and optimization strategies, preferable with hands-on experience in concrete printing.
  • You have gained international experience and collaborated with international thought leaders in academia on the issue matter.
  • You can create a vibrant and effective learning environment and have the ability to motivate students both in research based and design-based types of education.
  • You have an excellent and broad international network in academia as well as in the industry to acquire for research grants.
  • You have an affinity with engineering applications in the built environment and a creative mind in finding new solutions.
  • You have a good command of English, both orally and in writing.
  • You are a team player by nature, but able to work collaboratively as well as independently.
  • A background in the field of the Built Environment and design is a plus. 
  • Conditions of employment

    We offer a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university. The city of Eindhoven offers a relaxed, multicultural environment, high quality of life and many options for extra-curricular activities. The city has a mild climate, and it is well-connected by rail, air, and road links with major European cities. The city is at the heart of the Brainport region of Netherlands, a region with rapid growth, innovation and many permanent employment opportunities for expats. TU/e actively facilitates career opportunities for partners. Candidates moving to the Netherlands from abroad may qualify for a tax incentive scheme, where 30% of your income is tax free for a (maximum) period of five years. Click here for more information.

    We offer a temporary appointment for five years in a 'development track'. The development track can lead to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming associate professor. This provides young and talented scientists with the opportunity to grow into an internationally acknowledged academic. Based upon performance indicators agreed upon at the start of your appointment, a decision will be made in the final year whether or not to offer you a permanent position.

    We offer support to your professional and personal development.  The TU/e helps its scientific staff to further develop their teaching skills by offering a training program that leads to the official teaching certification from Dutch Universities (University Teaching Qualification).Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in the training Academic Leadership for Assistant Professors and a mentoring program.

    Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary is based on knowledge and experience and is at least € 3475 up to a max. of € 4757 gross per month (salary scale 11, CAO NU) at a fulltime appointment; plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year allowance.  Besides that the TU/e provides an attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, child care and excellent sport facilities). The TU/e offers several spouse programs for partners of the candidates.

    Additional information

    Further information can be obtained from: T.A.M. Salet, t.a.m.salet[at], tel. +31 (0)40 247 5099

    More personnel information can be obtained from Femke Verheggen, personnel department, f.verheggen[at] , tel. +31402474796 or the HR department Built Environment (mail to Personeelszaken fac. B,  po[at] ).

    Please submit your application (max. 5 x 2 MB) using 'Apply Now' or 'Solliciteer Direct' button on the TU/e website. Do not send your application by email.

    Your application should consist of the following documents:
     • A Statement of Purpose explaining your motivation and qualifications for this position.
     • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications.
     • Contact information of 2 references.

    We would especially like to invite women to apply for this vacancy.

    Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.


    • Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
    • Engineering
    • max. 38 hours per week, temporary
    • Doctorate
    • V38.3861


    Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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    Make sure to apply no later than 23 May 2019.