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  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 3,974 - € 6,181
  • Deadline 30 Sep 2022

The Membrane Science & Technology (MST) cluster of the University of Twente has a long, strong  and pioneering history in membrane science and technology. The MST cluster is looking for an ambitious and inspiring colleague at the level of assistant professor to contribute to our research and education activities in the area of membrane process design.

Membrane processes have successfully entered several markets, e.g., gas separation, drinking water production and food processing, providing sustainable separation solutions. Further implementation of attractive membrane technology involves clever process design based on state-of-the-art membrane characteristics. The candidate will propose and investigate improvements and new designs of relevant separation processes, related to future challenges including water stress, resource recovery, concentrate disposal and reducing industrial process energy demands in an environmentally-friendly manner. Within your research line you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with the other staff members within the MST cluster that can bring in complementary expertise on membrane materials, process design, mass transport and applications.  

In addition to research, you will significantly contribute to the education of our students, by coordinating, developing and teaching courses in the Bachelor and Master programmes of Chemical Engineering.

Moreover, you will actively contribute to a safe, inspiring and collaborative atmosphere within the MST cluster, the faculty of TNW and the university as a whole.

Your profile

You should possess an excellent scientific track-record, as demonstrated by high-quality output in the form of publications, theses or other peer-reviewed materials. A successful candidate will also demonstrate their intrinsic motivation and strong abilities for teaching at the bachelor and master level. For this reason, the candidate is expected to be an excellent and motivational lecturer. To promote gender diversity in our team and research cluster, we specifically invite women to apply.

  • You have a PhD in chemical engineering or a related discipline with a proven track record of scientific publications in the area of separation processes.
  • You are motivated by practical applications of your research both in industry as well as society at large, with a focus on environmental and sustainability challenges.
  • You have strong abilities for high-quality research, a clear vision for education and a strong affinity with teaching?
  • You have a demonstrated ability of initiating research / research proposals and projects.
  • You are a team worker, capable of strengthening the MST cluster.
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English. Fluency, or willingness, to learn Dutch is an advantage.
  • You have a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ, Dutch: BKO) or equivalent or are willing to acquire one within three years.

Our offer

  • We offer a fulltime, structural position, starting with a temporary appointment with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation.
  • You will work in a lively, inspiring and dynamic working environment in an organization focusing on collaboration and inclusion, where you will have a high degree of responsibility and independence.
  • Our terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %.
  • Depending on your relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full-time basis ranges from € 3.974,-  to € 6.181,-per month.
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners.
  • Furthermore, we offer excellent professional and personal development programs.

Information and application

To promote gender diversity we strongly encourage female scientists to apply. This is part of the University of Twente’s strategy and our faculty boards commitment to increase the proportion of women among its faculty and to create a working environment that is diverse and inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.

Are you interested in joining our team? Please submit your application before September 30, 2022 via the "Apply Now" button below, including:

You are welcome to contact prof. dr. Wiebe M. de Vos via w.m.devos@utwente.nl, for any questions you might have.

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About the department

The Membrane Science and Technology Cluster

Membrane science has been an important focus point at the University of Twente for over 50 years. Research and education on this important topic is embodied by the MST cluster, where over 60 researchers collaborate, sharing infrastructure, expertise and knowledge. The MST cluster has a flat organizational structure where all staff members are involved in strategic and organizational decisions. The aim of the MST cluster is to be the world leader in membrane education and research through: 1) The creation of an attractive, inclusive and stimulating research environment. 2) Training of students in a safe environment to become responsible engineers with a critical attitude. 3) Research that combines a high degree of novelty with clear societal relevance.

Faculty of Science and Technology

Our scientists are recognized worldwide for their high quality research. Within the Faculty of Science and Technology, research is focused on nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, clinical technology, sustainable energy technology and smart devices. There is a strong collaboration with industrial partners and other national and international research institutes. Research is funded to a large extent by industrial and other external partners, as well as science foundations. We offer a range of bachelor and master courses in Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, Biomedical Technology, Technical Medicine, Advanced Technology and a master in Nanotechnology.

About the organization

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

About the TNW Faculty

Curious about what the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW) stands for? Check out the Science and Technology website for more information.

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

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Vos, W.M. de (Wiebe)

Vos, W.M. de (Wiebe)
Professor Membrane Surface Science

Vos, W.M. de (Wiebe)
Professor Membrane Surface Science

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