Assistant Professor (1 fte) Multi-physics Dynamical System Design
Updated: 27 Jan 2020
Research / Academic
GeneralThe design of dynamical systems is a cornerstone discipline within Mechanical Engineering and industry needs engineers with excellent design skills, combining both analytical and creative skill sets. Moreover, society and industry pose increasingly stringent requirements on the functionality, performance, safety and agility of both products and processes. Examples are manufacturing processes, automotive systems, energy conversion, storage and exploration applications, health applications, such as medical imaging systems, manufacturing plants and distribution centers, high-tech systems, robots for manufacturing, care and cure, and many more. Such increasing expectations for engineering systems lead to a matching increase in the complexity of the related design process, which can only be tamed by an inherently multi-disciplinary model-based design process.Research fieldShaping the design process for the engineering systems of the future poses many challenges related to system complexity. Namely, the complexity of such engineering systems is induced by 1) the required level of (multi-)functionality and safety, 2) their (inter)-connectivity, to other engineering systems and humans, and 3) the requirements on agility (responsiveness, autonomy). Research to support such complex engineering design demands a cross-disciplinary attitude of researchers and a multi-disciplinary research approach, relying on expertise not only from disciplines within Mechanical Engineering (dynamics, material science, thermo- and fluid-dynamics, acoustics, etc.), but also from Physics, Electrical and Chemical Engineering. In fact, when envisioning a model-based design approach, which e.g. has proven merit to state-of-practice high-tech systems design, we need models that
- are multi-physics (involving structural dynamics, thermal dynamics, solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, acoustics, sensing and actuation, electronics, etc.),
- are multi-scale (both in space and time),
- have predictive capacity, while only exhibiting modest model complexity,
- Modelling and simulation of multi-physics, dynamical systems,
- (Numerical) analysis of (Partial Differential Equation, PDE) models,
- Integrated systems and process design,
- Model complexity reduction,
- (Boundary) control of PDEs,
- Design optimization,
- Knowledge on relevant application domains such as, for example, transport systems, health applications, smart industry, energy, agricultural systems, robotics, etc.
- Translation of developments within the field of research to international research projects and programs.
- (Inter)national authority within the research field, as evidenced by:- relevance and visibility of own research within society and industry;- scientific publications in leading scientific journals, often cited by leading scientists;- editorship within the most important journals;- groundbreaking results in research;- invitations as key note speaker on seminars where state-of-the-art results in science are presented;
- Representing and leading international committees or working groups, by which the institute is positioned.
- Academic education within the field of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or applied Mathematics and clear affinity with Mechanical Engineering application domains;
- Academic promotion and broad academic experience;
- Didactic qualities and broad experience with lecturing on several levels;
- Scientific creativity and productivity as appearing from publications in leading journals;
- Broad management qualities as appearing from successes with external funding, both nationally and internationally;
- Broad overview on the area of research within the section and its relation with other research fields;
- Participate in and leading committees or working groups.
- A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department;
- A Tenure Track of five years with the prospect of becoming associate professor. After a maximum of 4 years the tenure decision will be made. If you have a more senior profile, you will receive a tailor-made career proposal.
- As an Irène Curie Fellow, you are entitled to a substantial start-up package to kick-off your career.
- In order to empower you, we provide support such as training programs for academic leadership and the university teaching qualification and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment
- Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
- Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary;
- A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes).
- Family friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
38 hours per week
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