Three faculty positions in Micro-Optics and Optomechatronics

Three faculty positions in Micro-Optics and Optomechatronics

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19 Jun 30 Aug Delft

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The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is opening three faculty positions (f/m) for the newly formed group Micro-Optics and Opto-Mechatronics (MOOM), to complement, extend and strengthen the PME Department.

We seek to appoint one full professor and two tenure track professors at assistant or associate level, depending on the candidates' stature. 

The possibilities of using light to measure and control dimensions at the sub-nanometer level are revolutionizing our lives. Pushing the limits in size, speed and power consumption of these devices and at the same time address new applications that contribute to a sustainable future is a tremendous challenge. In the PME department we have a long track record in the design, manufacturing and characterization of precision mechanical systems. With the MOOM group we aim to address the need for precision optomechanical systems by attracting talented researchers in the field of micro-optics and optomechatronics. There is great freedom in shaping the new MOOM group, where the strength and vision of the candidates is more important than the specific topic. We welcome you to apply and help us form the new MOOM group. 

The new MOOM group will be embedded in existing collaborations between the PME Department and the neighbouring TU Delft groups such as the Smart Optics Lab (SOL) at the Delft Centre for Systems and Control (DCSC) and the Optics Research Group (ORG) at the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Also ample opportunities for collaboration exist with industry, which in this field is very strong in the Netherlands, including space technology and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Dutch industry is in great need of students trained to bridge precision mechanical engineering and optics.  

For the new MOOM group, the PME department is looking for candidates (f/m) with proven expertise in a cross field between mechanical engineering and optics, precision engineering, microfabrication, or any other relevant fields. The selected candidates are expected to contribute to research and education dedicated to the fundamental study and design of precision and/or micromachines in which optical systems are at the core of their functionality, with impact in science, society and industry. In particular, the candidates will lead research and education activities in one or more of the following or related themes:

- High-performance optical equipment and instrumentation
- Precision machines for light-guided micro and nanomanufacturing
- Optical medical devices for diagnostics and treatment
- Precise adaptive optomechanical systems for metrology, remote sensing and Earth observation
- Micro opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS), for sensors, actuators
- Optics-based systems for high data-rate communication
- Flexible optical systems. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
-  PhD degree and expertise in a field relevant for the position
-  Collaborative attitude, eager to learn and improve
-  Excellent researcher, as evidenced by appropriate track record
-  Passion for teaching and interactive knowledge transfer
-  Good international network
-  Proficient in English.  

We offer: 
-  Collaborative atmosphere in our department with broad expertise range
-  Independence and support for own research line
-  Very well equipped lab with professional lab technicians
-  Professional and personal development programs.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: tenure track, or permanent.

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners and a relocation compensation. 
Salary - ranging from 3.637 to 5.656 for Assistant Professor, from 5.039 to 6.738 for Associate Professor, and from 5.582 to 9.812 for Full Professor gross a month (full time based) - and the benefits of 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus on top of nominal salary and a minimum of 30 holidays per year, are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with an international scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits. 

The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) carries out research and provides education in the field of high-tech systems and scientific instrumentation. We aim to solve fundamental questions in engineering science and develop design methods to advance the performance of precision systems and medical devices. Our specific mission is to merge mechanical engineering concepts with micro and nanoscience. We deliver skilled professionals and contribute knowledge to support leadership of the high-tech systems industry.

Delft University of Technology stands for diversity and inclusion. We endeavour to ensure that everyone who studies or works here feels at home and can bring out the best in themselves. Considering the current composition of the PME department, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to the present vacancies.


  • Research, development, innovation; Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3637—€9812 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 3mE19-49


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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