4 Professor Positions for Female Candidates

Updated: 7 months ago
Deadline: 23 Dec 2019

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry has 4 vacancies for Professor in Chemical Engineering. These vacancies are part of the Irène Curie Fellowship, and are only open for female candidates in the first six months of recruitment.


Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor


Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

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Job description

At Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), we believe diversity broadens our research scope and enhances the quality of our education. Our Irène Curie fellowship program is aimed to advance talented female researchers in top positions in science. The program addresses the aspirations and needs of women in industry, academia, and research institutes to support their ambition to develop their academic career at a European top research university.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at TU/e is renowned for its top research and education in areas such as Sustainable Process Technology, Materials Chemistry and Functional Materials. Our researchers focus on societal challenges concerning energy, circular economy and next-generation adaptive materials that will radically change our life. Technology is developed to manufacture sustainable chemicals and fuels, to develop new materials to convert and store energy, to synthesize recyclable polymers, and to design smart materials that enhance contact between humans and robots.

As part of a nation-wide initiative to stimulate the chemical and engineering sciences, the department invites applications for four (4) new faculty positions in the following areas:

Circular polymer materials. The field of polymeric materials requires a fundamental transition from synthesis out of fossil-based feedstock and one-time use, to continuous re-use of polymeric products. Besides reducing carbon footprint, this transition also poses highly challenging academic research questions related to energy-efficient polymerization and depolymerization processes in relation to recyclability. The focus of this (assistant/associate professor) position will be on (chemical) recycling of high-performance and engineering polymers. The position will be embedded in a team of highly qualified researchers working on supramolecular organic and polymer chemistry, theoretical modeling and the development of new polymer materials and devices made thereof.

Inorganic Material Chemistry. This new professor position is meant to strengthen the department’s profile in the field of inorganic materials chemistry with a focus on advanced experimental methods to the design, synthesis, characterization and application of novel inorganic materials. Without limiting the scope, examples of relevant research topics include energy materials (especially storage and conversion), nanomaterials (composition, morphology, defects), hybrid materials, supramolecular inorganic chemistry, and the development/use of advanced methods for characterization of such materials (e.g, advanced microscopy/spectroscopy).

Affinity Separations.  Energy efficient, highly selective separation technology is one of the key unit operations in the chemical industry and an inherent aspect of a circular, sustainable economy. Especially its integration in chemical conversion processes and chemical reaction engineering to increase yields and purity is essential. The tenured staff position Affinity Separations is dedicated to the design and development of novel affinity solvents and sorbents for the selective recovery and recycling of valuable components and to be integrated in chemical processes and multiphase chemical reactors to significantly improve chemical conversion, selectivity and recyclability. This position is complementary to existing positions in the field of organic and inorganic membranes and chemical process engineering.

Process Systems Engineering. The increasing availability of intermittent electrical power, the distributed availability of biomass and waste streams and the pressing concerns to decrease emissions require a new paradigm in the design of chemical plants. It requests integrated and distributed (small scale) processes with a high degree of flexibility in terms of type of resources and capacity/productivity to accommodate feedstock variation. This imposes important process synthesis and design questions. The focus of this tenured staff position will be on process system design for such new integrated processes with increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions in the framework of zero waste chemical industry. It is associated to existing chairs in the field of sustainable process engineering and process intensification.

Do you want to join our open academic community? Do you want to set up and expand your own, independent research line and team, while still being able to profit from the benefits that come with working together in research units and in an open-atmosphere department? Then apply now!

You will be offered the opportunity to establish an independent, largely externally funded research program in collaboration with colleagues at our department and at national and international institutions. Substantial starting packages to kick-off your career in our department are available. In order to empower you, we provide support such as training programs for academic leadership and the university teaching qualification and an informal mentoring scheme to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment. 

Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Family friendly initiatives are in place, such as dual-career services to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Job requirements

We encourage you to apply if you have a PhD degree and at least two years of postdoctoral experience.

Conditions of employment
  • 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;
  • As an Irène Curie Fellow, you are entitled to a substantial benefit package.
  • 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.

Information and application

For further information on these vacancies you can contact
Prof.dr.ir. E.J.M. Hensen, e.j.m.hensen[at]tue.nl , + 31 40 247 5178.

For information concerning employment conditions click here or contact
S. Sonnemans, Recruiter, s.sonnemans[at]tue.nl, + 31 655183097.

If you are interested in this position, we invite you to submit a complete application which should include:

  • a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references
  • a list of five self-selected ‘best publications’
  • a description of your scientific interests and plans (up to 4 pages)
  • a statement of your teaching goals and experience (up to 2 pages)

    You can only use the 'apply now'-button on this page. We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way. Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary please combine files.

    For those who know suitable candidates: please send a message to the Dean of the department: the department board will then channel the recruitment further.

    Under European jurisdiction it is lawful to specifically recruit underrepresented groups. If no female candidates are found in the first six months of recruitment, this vacancy will be re-opened as a generic vacancy.

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