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Assistant Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Sensing Technologies for the Neuromuscular System

Are you passionate in science and ready to take a leadership role in your research career? Would you like to inspire the next generation of engineers? Are you looking to appoint your own PhD candidate and start up your own research group? The Biomechanical Engineering Department at the University of Twente is looking for an ambitious candidate to be appointed at the level of Assistant Professor. You will contribute to outstanding research and education activities in the broad area of Smart Sensing Technologies for the Human Neuromuscular System.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    38 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 4,332 - € 5,929
  • Deadline
    29 Sep 2023

We seek exceptional candidates with proven expertise in combining wearable sensors with AI-data analytics. We seek candidates with expertise either at the software or hardware development levels. We look for applications combining AI and sensing to measure signals such as those related to the neural control of skeletal muscles, skeletal muscle mechanics, skeletal joint bending, etc., where such information is crucial and widely applied in scenarios such as personalized healthcare technologies, or musculoskeletal injury prevention, or assistive robotics, or human–machine interactions, or for the deeper understanding of human movement or neuro-rehabilitation processes. We’re looking for candidate with proven capacity to teach at BSc and MSc levels.

Areas of expertise may include (but are not limited to):

So, if you have original ideas on how to advance the development of AI-sensing technologies, please join our multidisciplinary and inclusive team.

The successful candidate will join the growing Chair of Neuromechanical Engineering, within which we bring forward our passion to interface the human neuromuscular system with robotic systems ultimately to enhance human health.

We are looking for someone who connects and strengthens our research and educational program on AI sensors but will bring complementary expertise to our group. The candidate is expected to participate in teaching, supervise students in their graduation assignments, and contribute towards the supervision of PhD candidates.

In this role you will have the opportunity to directly appoint your own PhD candidate, with the possibility to grow across the next Professorship stages e.g., Associate Professor. All your work takes place on the beautiful, green campus located in the Twente region.

Your profile

  • PhD degree and expertise in a field relevant for the position.
  • Ability to define and pursue your own research direction, evidenced by the track record in publications, grant acquisition and recommendations.
  • Experience in writing research proposals and obtaining external funding.
  • Ability to collaborate in research, educational and organizational projects.
  • Passion for teaching also on aspects including software programming.
  • A University Teaching Qualification for Dutch Universities, a similar qualification, or you are willing to obtain this within 2 years after your appointment.
  • Ability to supervise, train, and support early career researchers.
  • Excellent communication skills and command of English.
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills.

Our offer

We offer a full-time position for 1 year with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation:

  • Attractive employment conditions including: 30% tax ruling, 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs.
  • A gross salary between € 4332,- and € 5929,- per month, depending on experience and qualifications;
  • Professional and personal development programs.
  • Well-equipped labs with professional lab technicians, like the Neuromechanics, Surgical Robotics and Wearable Robotics labs.
  • A start-up package that includes funding for the recruitment of 1 PhD to help in kickstarting your research.
  • Possibilities to collaborate with nearby companies and clinical institutions.
  • Proximity to Enschede, a mid-size city with a large social offer, immersed in the nature of the Twente region.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners.

Information and application

Apply by September 29th, 2023. Applications should include:

Incomplete applications will be discarded. Please, only apply via the University of Twente’s online portal (do not apply via email).

The first interview will take place in the week of October 9th., 2023.
The successful candidate will begin in early 2024.

For questions, please contact Prof. Massimo Sartori.

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About the department

Chair of Neuromechanical Engineering

You will be working within our academic Chair, where we interface robotic technologies with the neuromuscular system to improve movement. We apply artificial intelligence, computational modelling, and biological signal processing, in a translational way, to develop novel real-time bio-inspired assistive technologies. Our goal is to establish a roadmap for discovering fundamental principles of movement at the interface between humans and wearable robots ultimately for improving human health. But we are always open to embrace new approaches! Together with industrial leaders and an extensive network of clinical institutions, we cover the entire trajectory from modelling a given subject population to the development of assistive robotics technologies. Our work is facilitated by the University's TechMed Centre, the Robotics Center and the Digital Society Institute.

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The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

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Sartori, M. (Massimo)

Sartori, M. (Massimo)
Professor and Chair of Neuromechanical Engineering

Sartori, M. (Massimo)
Professor and Chair of Neuromechanical Engineering

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The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

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2nd interview.
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