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Assistant professor future exploration

Growing societal complexity and recent developments in technology have changed the fields of design and engineering and widened it to include design for societal transitions and systemic design. Are you passionate about contributing to future research and education in the field of Industrial Design Engineering?

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 3,974 - € 6,181
  • Deadline 24 Aug 2022

The challenge

Designers and engineers at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente envision a world in which technological innovations are developed with one single purpose: to serve humanity. A world in which technology, design and engineering drive change in ways that benefit society, people and our planet. Long term effects for human wellbeing and working on societal challenges steer our work. We are looking for a versatile academic at the assistant professor level who can independently develop and advance a research line that will support the future of the field and who is an inspirational teacher in the industrial design engineering program.

In this position you will set out research lines on defining and exploring potential futures in order to support responsible social transformation. Focus will be on the further development and validation of approaches for future exploration. Making these potential futures tangible for reflection is an important focus of research.

The person fulfilling this assistant professor position will have the opportunity to work with a PhD candidate on a fully funded position.

We invite inspiring, enthusiastic, innovative and entrepreneurial candidates to apply for this position. You are expected to contribute to and take responsibility for research and teaching development in the following ways:

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD in industrial design (engineering), interaction design, human computer interaction, STS (science, technology and society) studies or another field relevant to the position;
  • You are an expert design researcher who can adopt and develop situated research and design methods;
  • You are a passionate academic and experienced teacher in higher education or striving to become so;
  • You are able to build great relationships with co-workers and practice and operate at the intersection of disciplines;
  • You have good mentoring skills to supervise BSc, Msc, PDEng and PhD students;
  • You have good communication skills and an excellent command of English

Our offer

  • We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment on an attractive and green campus with lots of facilities for sports and leisure.
  • The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
  • A fulltime position for 1 year, with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation;
  • A gross salary between € 3.974,- and € 6.181,- per month, depending on experience and qualifications. The salary is in accordance with Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged.

Information and application

You can submit your application (including CV, list of publications, and names of potential references) before August 25th, 2022. As a part of the motivation letter, the applicant should write a vision statement on excellent research and education, including the link the candidate sees with the research line to be developed and the educational programs of the Faculty. First interviews will take place in the week of September 5th.

For additional information regarding this position, please contact Prof.dr.ir. Mascha van der Voort, m.c.vandervoort@utwente.nl or +31534892541.

Women are explicitly asked to apply for this position. This is part of the University of Twente’s strategy 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.

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About the organization

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.

About The Faculty ET

Curious about what the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) stands for? Check out the ET website for more information.

A job that matters

Create new opportunities for yourself, your colleagues and our society. Scientist or teacher, administrator or facilitator, thinker or doer, energetic leader or silent support – your work at the University of Twente matters. And you too!

How to apply

Step 1

Apply.
When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

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

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

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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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Voort, M.C. van der (Mascha)

Voort, M.C. van der (Mascha)
Vice Dean Education, Faculty of Engineering Technology & Full Professor Human Centred Design

Voort, M.C. van der (Mascha)
Vice Dean Education, Faculty of Engineering Technology & Full Professor Human Centred Design

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