Assistant/Associate Professor Applied Rheology for Polymers and Soft matter

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 31 Jul 2021


Assistant Professor


Mechanical Engineering

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Job description

Are you an enthusiastic researcher with a proven track record in the area of materials and in particular polymers and soft matter? At TU/e level this is considered as a major research theme. One of the research lines is Polymer Technology, where the design of polymer products and shaping processes benefit from a change from experimentally driven trial-and-error to virtual prototyping with quantitative predictive capability. To reach this goal, Polymer Technology within the Department of Mechanical Engineering aims at bridging the gap between sophisticated experimental techniques, rheological models and reliable and feasible predictive modeling of polymer processing and soft matter.

The Polymer Technology (PT) group aims at bridging the gap from molecule via processing to product properties, and back. To that end, the range of activities includes the complete spectrum of polymer rheology, processing and mechanical properties: the research targets both the fluid (processing) and solid (properties) states and takes both an experimental and modelling approach.

Many of the materials that are being investigated within the PT group belong to the group of materials referred to as ‘Soft matter’’, like dispersions, gels, emulsions, foams, polymers and powders. The PT group has strong connections with departments of Chemical as well as Biomedical industry, but also strong long-lasting industrial collaborations which is reflected by the numerous PhD and postdoctoral projects that are supported by industry bilaterally, via research centres, and in larger consortia. The research approach and results of the PT group are transferred to the society via the training of PhD students, postdocs, bachelor and master students and through their scientific output. The research activities will overlap significantly with the interests of the Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories (EPL), the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and the Eindhoven Multiscale Institute (EMI). Besides that, there is a strong link to WUR. 

What do we expect from you?

There are mainly challenges to determine the rheology of polymers (or complex fluids), food  and multiphase materials. Polymers have a very rich behavior with a wide range of relaxation times and characterization is often challenging when microstructural changes, like flow-induced crystallization or blend morphology, play a dominant role. Complex fluids are fluidic mixtures featuring multiple phases over a range of length scales and include suspensions, emulsions, foams, biological systems and hydrogels. Multi-phase systems are interface-rich and the microstructure is directly related to the interactions between material properties of individual components and their interfacial processes.

In the current position it is expected that a variety of material characterizations are used and developed that rely on in-situ time-resolved characterization during flow. Dependent on the range of material properties either optical or scattering techniques can be combined with a rheological study. Determining the relationship between the structure of these complex fluids and their rheology is vary valuable in the optimal design of such fluids for many applications. In particular since rheological properties and constitutive understanding is needed in processing conditions. Understanding the rheological properties of food is another challenging example where textural properties that we perceive when we consume food are linked to rheology. During processing of food, for example in personalized additive manufacturing, understanding rheological dependencies as a function of individual constituents is essential. A general follow-up aim is then to translate the understanding of these complex media in either constitutive formulations or novel technological applications. Besides research, it is also expected to actively contribute to various courses in the domain of rheology, structure and properties of materials like soft matter and polymers. You will supervise and train PhD students, as well as Bachelor and Master students.

Job requirements
  • PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemical Engineering or comparable domain;
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by relevant PhD thesis and/or publications;
  • Extensive teaching experience and qualifications;
  • Carry out independent research for the purpose of science, government and the industrial sector;
  • Management qualities for the capacity to individually initiate second and third flow of funds and to provide initiative in this;
  • (Co)-supervising academic personnel in carrying out research;
  • Provide leadership to work groups, committees or project teams in the sections;
  • Strong industry network; proven by joint collaborations, projects, and publications;
  • Recognition by fellow professionals, pre-eminently in his/her own sub-field of study;
  • Excellent proficiency (written and verbal) in English.  

Conditions of employment
  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department.
  • As an Irène Curie Fellow , you are entitled to a substantial start-up package to kick-off your career.   
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and valorization competences, 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 Labor 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, and 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 daycare and sports facilities.

Information and application

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more about PT group? Please visit: Polymer Technology Group .

Questions regarding the academic content of the position can be directed to P.D. Anderson, p.d.anderson[at]

For information about terms of employment click here or contact Elly van den Eertwegh,
Talent Attraction Consultant, e.a.m.v.d.eertwegh[at] or  + 31 (0)6 39186476.


This vacancy is part of the Irène Curie Fellowship and is currently only open for female candidates. Male applicants will not be considered for the position.
We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a: 

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position. 
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references. 
  • List of five self-selected ‘best publications’. 
  • Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages). 
  • Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages). 

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled. 

The Irène Curie Fellowship program is dedicated to reach at least 30% female researchers among TU/e’s permanent academic staff by 2024 and contributes to the societal goal of promoting equal opportunities and a society in which everyone's abilities are utilized. It has been endorsed by the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights in March 2021. 

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