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Assistant Professor in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing of Medical Devices

The Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente invites candidates for an Assistant Professor position to complement, extend and strengthen the department's competence in biomedical oriented mechanical design and manufacturing.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 4,332 - € 6,737
  • Deadline
    14 Jan 2024

We are looking for an Assistant Professor who has a strong profile in the entire development chain of conceptual design, prototyping, and design for manufacturing of medical devices to join our growing chair of Biomedical Device Design and Production Technology (BDDP). Our group has the passion to get novel biomedical engineered solutions into the clinic and/or applied to the patient, which are mechanical and mechatronic oriented. Therefore, we apply various methods including design engineering, experimental research, human factors, ergonomics, biomechanical modeling, CAD, advanced prototyping, testing in simulated surgical settings and, we  strive to pursue innovative approaches! Together with industrial leaders and SMEs and an extensive network of clinical institutions, we cover the entire trajectory from idea to clinical evaluation. This includes verification of according to the regulatory framework (e.g. Medical Device Regulation, MDR) demands. Our local facilities such as our own lab, TechMed Centre and Fraunhofer Innovation Platform are well-equipped to support this.

We would very much welcome a dedicated Assistant Professor who pursues a research line in combining two areas:

1. mechanical and/or mechatronic design for innovative biomedical devices and

2. transfer these prototypes to low series production for cost-effective clinical evaluation to meet the legal requirements (e.g. MDR).

This involves mechanism design as well as human-device interface. Involving students in the research and design projects is a matter of course for you. So, if you have original ideas how to address the healthcare challenges from your mechanical engineering perspectives and your ambition is to get these ideas transferred to clinical evaluation, then we look forward to receiving you application to join our multidisciplinary and inclusive BDDP team.


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Candidates we seek

  • Show vision and ambition to develop an own research line within the BDDP team
  • Hold an excellent PhD degree in mechanical or manufacturing engineering and have experience in research, which is apparent from your track record and recommendations
  • Proven application of scientific practice as a postdoc or outside of the academic field
  • Have taken the lead in a variety of design projects, ideally resulting in patent applications
  • Active participation in networks to build public-private collaborations and raise funding
  • Have the ambition and experience in working closely with companies and clinicians
  • Have teaching experience (both lecturing and tutoring) in mechanical engineering courses at an internationally accredited university
  • Possess good communication skills and an excellent command of English
  • Possess a (equivalent of) University Teaching Qualification certificate, or be willing to acquire this
  • Have a real passion for, and the ambition to become a creative and effective teacher

Our offer

  • We offer a fulltime contract for a period of 1 year, with a prospect for permanent position.
  • The salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, ranges between € 4.332,- and € 6.737,- gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 11 or 12 depending on your career stage).
  • After 8-9 months you will have an assessment. In case of positive assessment and unchanging operating conditions (sufficient finances) your contract will be tenured.
  • In addition, the University of Twente offers additional attractive employment conditions (8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs, well equipped labs, technical support staff and electromechanical workshops).

Information and application

For questions about this position, you can contact Prof. Gabrielle Tuijthof (g.j.m.tuijthof@utwente.nl).

Applications are requested to include a video pitch (2-minute max) introducing yourself and describing your plans regarding research and education in mechanical design and manufacturing of medical devices, a cover letter (2-page max) and a CV.

Please, only apply via the web platform before  January 15th and not via email since only the former will be considered.

The first round of interviews will take place (online) on January 30th 2024.

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About the organisation

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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Tuijthof, G.J.M. (Gabriëlle)

Tuijthof, G.J.M. (Gabriëlle)
Full Professor

Tuijthof, G.J.M. (Gabriëlle)
Full Professor

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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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1st interview.
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2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

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The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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