Assistant Professor in Experimental Heat Transfer

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 22 Feb 2023

Assistant Professor in Experimental Heat Transfer
Assistant Professor in Experimental Heat Transfer
Published Deadline Location
today 22 Feb Delft

Job description

Design and optimization of next generation of heat exchangers has to rely on accurate measurement of the local and global variables including temperature, velocity, heat transfer rate, and pressure drop. Such measurements have to be conducted across different length and time scales to acquire reliable information required to design and optimize a heat exchanger.
Different measurement techniques are available but there is the need to develop new ones and/or combine the existing ones to conduct lab- and full- scale measurements under different operating conditions. 
New fundamental methods and breakthroughs in heat exchanger design and optimization with applications in heat transformation, renewable energy systems, thermal energy storage, and waste heat recovery which can reduce our carbon footprint for a more sustainable future.

The Department of Process and Energy (P&E) of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, announces an open position for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the broad field of Experimental Heat Transfer.

Domain of research
The research area of the position will be oriented towards experimental heat transfer in one or more of the following fields (non-exhaustive list):

  • Phase change heat transfer,
  • Radiative heat transfer,
  • Thermal energy storage,
  • Thermal management of batteries and fuel cells,
  • Industrial waste heat recovery,
  • Refrigeration and HVAC systems,

or any other similar or related topic along these lines that falls into the field of thermal engineering. Prospective research activities involve the development of accurate measurement techniques, efficient modelling, rating, control, design, and optimization methods within the topics listed above. Within this position applications of the developed fundamental methods should be targeted towards design, control and optimization of heat exchangers; or applied research, that could contribute to process intensification for industries, that is related to the current research fields of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (see )

  • 32—40 hours per week
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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related field, and with expertise in the broad fields of experimental heat transfer. You should have a proven track record in conducting innovative fundamental or applied research, demonstrated by the ability to publish in leading international journals. You are expected to have an ambitious vision on the development of your own research program and to establish cooperation with other groups at the university, national, and international level.

You should also have the didactic abilities for teaching thermodynamics and heat transfer courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and for supervising MSc projects. Experience with teaching and mentoring is considered an advantage. The ability to work in a team and inspire others, to take initiative, to be results-oriented, as well as good communication skills in verbal and written English are essential requirements.

In accordance with the equal opportunity policy of Delft University of Technology, female candidates in particular are encouraged to apply.

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.
For more information about the tenure track and the personal development programme, please visit .

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 (salary indication: € 3.974,00 - € 6.181,00 per month gross). 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.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.

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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

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Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Kamel Hooman, Professor, email: .

For information about the application procedure, please contact Linda Verhaar, HR advisor, email: .

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Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by 22 February 2023 via the application button and upload your letter of application along with a curriculum vitae or resume, a personal research and teaching statement, as well as a list of publications, links to or electronic copies of three key publications, and the names and email addresses of three referees.

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