Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Position on Digital Fabrication for Product Design

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Position on Digital Fabrication for Product Design

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4 May 1 Jun Delft

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Job description

This vacancy is positioned in the section ‘Materializing Futures’ of the Sustainable Design Engineering Department. The section of Materializing Futures (MF) aims at developing theories, tools, and methods to empower future designers in understanding and designing with emerging material and fabrication technologies in the interest of the planet and society. Our research activities are organized under three interconnected pillars: Materials, Fabrication, and Computational Design.

As the assistant professor in Digital Fabrication for Product Design, your research will be at the crossovers of computational design, materials science, engineering, and product design. You are expected to integrate these in an interdisciplinary approach to deliver the theoretical and practical breakthroughs that shape future products, maximising the potentials of emerging materials, computational design and digital fabrication. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on the 4d printing, which uses sophisticated designs and emerging animate materials that are programmed to endow 3D printed products with active, adaptive, and autonomous behaviour. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for a candidate with the background in product design, computer science, mechanical engineering, material science or other relevant areas and following specific qualifications and abilities:

A PhD degree or equivalent research achievements;

Scientific merits in computational design, additive manufacturing, and digital fabrication, demonstrated by a track record of publications in top journals/conferences;

Affinity with physical prototyping and a hands-on approach with digital fabrication

Ability to frame, define and pursue own research directions embedded in the section, the department and the faculty;

Ability to design and deliver clear and engaging education at the graduate and undergraduate level;

Ability to acquire/collaborate in research, educational and industrial projects in relevant national and international networks.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

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 within three 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.

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.


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 Industrial Design Engineering

Matching the evolution of people with the speed of the revolution of technology. This is the focus of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE). Delft designers act as a bridge between advances in technology and the needs of people, organisations and society to create products, services and systems with purpose.

IDE is a leader in design research across the application areas of mobility, sustainability and health, as well as its development of design tools and methods. A 350-strong research team and over 2,000 students work together in our inspiring hall, labs and studios.

In close cooperation with industry, the public sector and NGOs we rehearse possible futures in research and education to design for a complex future.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €3746—€5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD01079


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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