The Department Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces & Systems (MS3), part of the faculty Engineering Technology (ET) is currently seeking for an assistant professor in the area of Grease Lubrication and Surface Degradation. You will be working on the theme “Maintenance”, which is a central theme within the faculty. More specifically, within Maintenance, on the development of physical models describing the degradation of lubricating grease and on the degradation of tribological contacts.
Lubricating grease is a semi-solid material with complex rheology (visco-elastic, shear thinning, thixotropic). Within the research group, we perform projects on shear degradation, elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication, phase separation, rheology, (micro-) flow, evaporation and for example the impact of water on lubricity. The ultimate goal of the research is to predict relubrication maintenance intervals. Our research is focused on lubricating grease performance and the development of models in this area.
In many degradation processes multiple physical and chemical effects occur simultaneously. This applies to both full mechanical systems and to single contacts. The nature of your work will therefore be multidisciplinary. Analysis and modelling complex degradation phenomena is challenging but foundational for maintenance. Do you want to contribute to the improvement of lifetime and maintenance, ultimately to make our society more sustainable?
We are looking for a highly motivated assistant professor. For this, you will develop methods to characterize semi-solid lubricants like greases (chemistry/micro-structure/rheology), develop models for the prediction of the performance of lubricating greases and develop models and experimental techniques to analyze degradation mechanisms occurring at functional surfaces and in contacts.
With your expertise, you will further strengthen our position in the development of advanced maintenance strategies. Your teaching will contribute to the educational programs in Mechanical Engineering on bachelor, master and doctorate level.
A PhD degree in Physical-Chemistry, Physics or Mechanical Engineering
Your research expertise is within the field of Physics and Chemistry of Fluids, Tribology or Surfaces and Interfaces.
You are an excellent researcher, eager to learn and to improve;
You are passionate about teaching and for developing education that cultivate student-learning;
You have a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) for Dutch Universities, a similar qualification, or are willing to obtain this;
You flourish in a collaborative environment;
You are in good network with related industries and the wider research community;
Your communication skills in English are excellent.
You will be appointed for two years, with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
A gross salary between € 3.255 and € 5.656,- per month, depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Assistant Professor level 1 or 2);
A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
A solid pension scheme;
A minimum of 29 holidays in case of fulltime employment;
Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
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
For more information, contact prof.dr.ir P.M. Lugt (p.m.lugt
utwente.nl or prof.dr.ir. M.B. de Rooij (m.b.derooij
You can upload your application, including your c.v., motivation letter, and a full publication list before 8 December 2019 by using the link below. Since only three
documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.
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The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.